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Friday Driving

June 17, 2011

One of the most exciting times in someone’s life is being issued his or her driver’s license; it’s the ultimate feeling of freedom. Sure, we have to pass a written test and a behind-the-wheel driving exam in order to be issued a card with our photo and place of residency on it, but most people are not prohibited from engaging in this activity based on their gender.

There is always an exception to every rule, and in this case, it’s Saudi Arabia, where it is illegal for women to drive automobiles due to strict religious fatwa. However, it appears many women want more progressive change in Saudi Arabia, such as the “basic simple right” for women to drive. That’s probably why women in Saudi Arabia have decided to stage a day of protest by driving today on Friday–it’s Friday, Friday. I urge all drivers around the world, whether male or female, to unite and show support for our fellow drivers in Saudi Arabia, so they can be stuck in traffic just like the rest of us. Solidarity!

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