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Saudi Arabia Outlaws Women

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) – The Saudi government announced today it will outlaw women, calling them a threat to the moral fabric of society.

As of 3 November, anyone in possession of a woman will face fines or imprisonment, with more severe terms for possession of multiple women. Producers of women will face the death penalty. The Saudi move comes at a time of heightened tension between the government’s west-leaning foreign policy and its cultivation of Wahhabist Islam, an ultraconservative interpretation of the faith.

“The Saudis walk a fine line between friendliness to its Western allies and commercial partners on one hand, and its adherence, at least outwardly, to a position that sees the cultures of those allies as a major threat,” said B.S. Windbag, a professor of Islamic Thought at Case Western University. “Banning women, whom they see as the chief vehicle for ‘western’ sexual mores, allows the ruling family to maintain its image as a guardian of Islam.”

Saudi Arabia already has restrictions on who may enter the kingdom; few non-Muslims are permitted, and then only under special circumstances, such as foreign diplomats. In the holy city of Mecca, no non-Muslims are allowed at all. According to Windbag, “This ban might be unprecedented in scope, but not it spirit,” referring to the existing Saudi policy that bars women from appearing in public without a male relative as an escort.

Historically, the Saudi ruling family has enforced standards among the most restrictive of all Muslim countries, not permitting women to obtain a driving licence and insisting all women wear garments that conceal every part of their bodies. The new policy is a tacit acknowledgment that even those radical policies have not been sufficient to safeguard the kingdom’s moral rectitude, according to Wyldas Gess, a political commentator for CBS News.

It remains unclear how extensive the ban will be; foreign diplomats might yet be permitted to bring along families that include women. Those details will be settled over the next few weeks as the authorities develop strategies for enforcing and monitoring adherence.

In a related development, Iran announced it is considering banning men in order to keep out such Western influences as homosexuality.

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Written by Thag

October 11, 2012 at 4:56 pm

10 Responses

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  1. I have my doubts about this. Who will the men blame for their transgressions? Oh yeah, the infidel Americans… Never mind.

    Lorna's Voice

    October 11, 2012 at 6:38 pm

  2. Send your women over here, SA. Send them now. We will marry them and breed with them immediately.

    Trent Lewin

    October 12, 2012 at 3:56 am

    • There are tight export controls. In fact the word “tariff” comes from Arabic…

      Thag

      October 12, 2012 at 7:44 am

      • Here’s to free trade.

        Trent Lewin

        October 12, 2012 at 7:46 am

        • Yeah to Hell with other countries’ customs. And their duties, as well.

          Thag

          October 12, 2012 at 7:47 am

          • I agree. Traditions, religions, customs, all that stuff, let’s toss it out and burn it down in a bonfire.

            Trent Lewin

            October 12, 2012 at 3:11 pm

            • But since my religion is pyromania, you’re just compounding the problem.

              Thag

              October 13, 2012 at 7:49 pm

              • Maybe that’s what it takes.

                Trent Lewin

                October 13, 2012 at 8:44 pm

                • Come on baby, light my fire…

                  Thag

                  October 13, 2012 at 9:26 pm

              • You belong to the faith of pyromania? That’s hot.

                Trent Lewin

                October 14, 2012 at 4:46 pm


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