the baggy trousered misanthropist

missives issued from the lair

Shaima Jastaina has been sentenced to ten lashes after being caught breaking Saudi Arabia’s prohibition on female drivers.

Before launching into our collective repertoire of women driver jokes, (a myth that is perpetuated by women who refuse to believe that the absence of a Y chromosome equates to an inability to parallel park, incidentally), let’s remember that like many others before her in history, Jastaina is part of a movement defying law in the hope of changing it.

While her punishment is quite clearly egregious, brutal and ludicrously innappropriate, I, for one, can only admire what women in these countries are prepared to do to effect change.

It’s more than I think I could manage.

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