Will Saudi Women Lose Their Virginity En Masse If They Start Driving?

My first thought is “no,” followed by a swift “none of your business.” But that wasn’t the conclusion of a recent report prepared for Saudi Arabia’s legislative assembly by a well-known academic. He predicted that if Saudi women were given the right to drive, those who had never had sex would quickly start losing their virginity as easily as they might their car keys.

Let’s start with the basics here: It’s a hell of a lot harder to lose your virginity in the front seat, as opposed to the back. Especially while driving. I mean, it’s difficult enough to text and drive.

But if that isn’t enough to sway the Saudi government, I recently polled several of my female friends, and I’ve come up with a report of my own. I submit the following report to the Saudi legislative assembly, which I suspect is far more scientific than the aforementioned prominent academic’s: NONE of the friends I polled, a large number of whom happen to be Muslim women originally from the Middle East, has lost her virginity while driving. Nor did a single one of them lose her virginity immediately after obtaining a driver’s license. Shocking, I know.

Seriously though, the real point is: None of the government’s business. I can’t wait for the day when Saudi women and Southern belles alike stop feeling pressured to sign virginity pledges or have hymen replacement surgeries. Having sex, for the first or the fiftieth time, should be a decision made by two consenting adults, and beyond that, the details are none of the government’s business. Besides, I’d hope that with all the political, social and economic disasters looming, governments would have more important tasks to attend to.

Furthermore, if anything, the obsession with female virginity (and I’m not just talking Saudi Arabia here) has increased the likelihood that more women will engage in weirder and potentially more dangerous and less pleasurable sexual acts. Don’t make me go into details—my parents read all of my articles.

Let’s instead promote the radical idea that no woman should be forced to compromise her sexual choices or preferences to appeal to some bogus, antiquated idea of feminine virtue. No woman should be subject to ridiculous laws and outrageous discrimination in some misguided, misogynistic effort to “protect” her purity. Simply put, no woman should have to put up with this kind of rubbish.

Our virtue comes from our ability to speak truth to power; our purity comes from our bravery in the face of injustice; our honor comes from our persistence in the struggle against oppression.

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Photo above is a still taken from this Youtube video of a Saudi woman driving in May 2011.

Comments

  1. The headline could read, “Will Saudi Men’s Penises Fall Off If Women Are Allowed To Drive?”. Since it is the men that have the problem with women being allowed basic rights like driving.

  2. Bravo Melody;

    The evil ( in this case is oppression) persists because good people do nothing about it . To be a Muslim is to speak out against any oppression and injustice. Thank God Saudi Arabia is the only nation among Muslim majority nations that comes up with these ludicrous things, so folks it is not Islamic or a Muslim thing, not even Saudi thing – it is the work of impotent men.

    We need to commission a study and find if there is correlation between oppressive laws against women and the impotency of the men who initiate these laws.

    Glad you wrote this and I particularly the obsession about virginity among men regardless of where they are from, except of course the US of A.

  3. BREAKING NEWS: Saudi Woman Still A Woman After Driving http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FR45qf88S0o&fe… via @youtube

  4. Losing virginity is only a danger when driving stick.

  5. Well, clearly, the ONLY reason a woman could possibly have for driving is to go see a secret lover. I mean, duh.

  6. There are two underlying premises which allow Saudi Arabia to continue its oppression of women under the guise of protectionism:

    1. Men are not responsible for the moral fiber of the country. Women are. And to preserve that morality, women must be made invisible.

    2. Any oppression of women is justifiable if a man proclaims it’s God’s will.

  7. Mohamed S. says:

    Besides, I’d hope that with all the political, social and economic disasters looming, governments would have more important tasks to attend to.

    The Shoura council doesn’t really have any executive powers to speak of and is entirely hand picked by the royal family.

    So you’re right. The government does have better things to do, which is why the Shoura council deliberates silly things like this since they have nothing better to do.

  8. I’d heard you could lose your virginity while riding a bicycle, but never while driving a car.

  9. How intelligent. I just lost 900 IQ points reading this.

    Whoever made this “theory”, I can’t think of anything polite to say to you.

    • At first I thought this was a criticism of the poorly-reasoned article above. Then I realized that you’re probably talking about the legislation itself.

      Disappointing.

  10. Constance says:

    Your closing argument is beautiful.

  11. Thanks so much Constance :) .

  12. Note: he is not well known.

    Also the study concluded that women will become lesbians and there will be a raise in pornography. Woohoo… talk about power of a woman. (in a sarcastic tone)

    I think this is great. People are expressing their opinions, even the ridicules ones. We will see many more clashes and confrontations between the “conservatives” and the “liberals” in Saudi Arabia. It’s a needed step for the country to move forward

  13. Where’s the letter to support girls education in Afghanistan? Or freedom of the press in Iran? I support women driving no matter where they live in the world, and I also support their freedom of education and right to chose their own husband, boyfriend, and or girlfriend. ; )

  14. This article is a straw man argument. The Saudi legislation is not about preserving virginity for virginity’s sake. It’s about preserving morality in a society that believes non-marital sex is damaging to society as a whole.

    Is this the correct way for Saudi Arabia to go about it? Probably not. If men want to stop their wives from meeting up with old flames, they should figure out how to do it without infringing on women’s rights.

    “Let’s instead promote the radical idea that no woman should be forced to compromise her sexual choices or preferences to appeal to some bogus, antiquated idea of feminine virtue. No woman should be subject to ridiculous laws and outrageous discrimination in some misguided, misogynistic effort to “protect” her purity. Simply put, no woman should have to put up with this kind of rubbish.”

    Outrageous? Maybe. Discrimination? Absolutely. Misguided? Probably. Misogynistic? No. But I guess you have to pander to your audience.

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