Saudi Historian Says U.S. Women Drive Because They Don’t Care If They’re Raped

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A Saudi Arabian historian trying to justify the nation’s ban on female drivers says women who drive in other countries such as the United States don’t care if they’re raped and that sexual violence “is no big deal to them.”

Saleh al-Saadoon claimed in a recent TV interview that women can be raped when a car breaks down, but unlike other countries, Saudi Arabia protects its women from that risk by not allowing them to drive in the first place, according to a translation posted online by the Middle East Media Research Institute.

“They don’t care if they are raped on the roadside, but we do,” al-Saadoon said on Saudi Rotana Khalijiyya TV.

“Hold on. Who told you they don’t care about getting raped on the roadside?” asked the host, a woman who is not named in the transcript.

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  1. I think he is right — In Saudi Arabia women are in serious jeopardy of being raped if they are not escorted by armed guards.
    Our women in the United States do not fear rape so much because they are in a generally more protected environment here than they would be there. Most people also have instant communication with a cell phone at their beck and call so if someone is attacking them for whatever reason the police 911 can be called immediately.
    We also have agencies like AAA that will come to people’s assistance with a tow truck if necessary and often a mechanic capable of getting a car started on the spot rather than a tow.
    When I say this the average response time in my town is 3.5 minutes and if someone is in danger that might bring 3 cruisers and possibly 4 or 6 officers armed on the scene.
    Can Saudi Arabia say that?
    Our women have a different mentality about them than the women in Saudi Arabia. They do not need protection most of the time.
    One would-be rapist found that out the hard way when he attempted to rape a lady with martial arts training. When the police arrived, he needed hospitalization. The woman totally disabled him and I think she either broke his leg or his arm. It has been awhile since I read the report.
    He is also right about something else. Women are often put on more of a pedestal in their culture than ours. But our women are given equality which means no one is afraid of what education means to a woman. Women are taught to defend themselves in many cases in our culture. Women serve right next to men in our armed forces.
    What does that really mean? It means that children are taught often at home by educated women. Our schools are full of lady teachers. All of my children could read and write by the time they hit the first grade of school. But they still had a lot to learn in school.
    My grandchildren are home schooled on PC computers. We participate in this training. I am 72 and my wife is 71. We both contribute to a grandchild being educated on line by women teachers. I was a superuser on computers where I worked before I retired. I am trained on the three major operating systems and subsystems. So I keep things running. I also use linux as a front to internet use. I am proficient on Macs and PCs of all kinds.
    We are both fairly well educated people and support our local library. I have read 3-5 books a week from those library books most of my life. We both worked in the newspaper industry.
    The real problem is the difference in culture between Saudi Arabia and other nations in that part of the world. When we keep half of a very talented population from getting training in what is needed in a modern world, we actually keep our young men from getting what they need to be real leaders in the coming world. Women are at least half of that. Women in a modern world must do many things. The most important job of those women might be their influence on our children of both sexes.
    Success is often the luck of being born to the right parents.
    But what if you are not lucky enough to be born rich? Well the only real answer to that is training that sells what talents you have to a needy world. For instance one of my grandchildren wants to be an automobile technician. I cannot begin to tell you how useful to the family that might be.
    Several of my grandchildren are women. They tend to want to stay home and take care of the children. Those children are lucky because those women are well educated and they are willing to teach their children.
    The real problem here is that all cultures have to respond to the future shock of our coming technology age. How we handle that will either cause a lot of tragedy and a lot of death or it will lead to prosperity for all of us. The choice is really in the hands of those who lead their peoples. Do you plant bias and hatred or do you plant seeds that we all will harvest down the road with a much happier people?

    The results of how we act will in the end effect the production of talented people or not.

    This person has pointed out a very dangerous part of his own land. That is what has to change in the next 20 years or so. If not it will come back with a harvest of murder, rape, destruction, of the very people it intends to save.

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