Skip to comments.Saudi King gives women the right to vote
Posted on 09/25/2011 6:06:31 AM PDT by AnAmericanAbroad
Saudi King Abdullah announced on Sunday he was giving women the right to vote and run in municipal elections, the only public polls in the ultra-conservative Gulf kingdom.
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Next thing you know, they'll be running for Mayor! I can just hear some of the more hardcore, traditionalist clerics screaming, "Allah save us!" Heh.
Nest thing they might get to drive their own cars...........
I smell an upcoming coronation
If they can’t drive, how are they supposed to get to the polls...?
Well, at least they won’t have to worry about a voter-ID controversey in the Kingdom, unless they come up with some sort of personalized burkha eye-slits for the ID photos.
What is it about a king giving out voting rights which doesn’t sound right, or is it just me???
They’ll walk. :)
Who knows.....maybe that’s the next reform!
Saudi women get to vote. Hmm. Give them fifty to seventy five years and they will be a socialist state just like us.
My reasoning says ingrained misogyney (sp?) will rule out over any women's rights.
Even more devious (in my thinking) is some kind of event that will say, "See? We tried it and it didn't work .. puke residue akbar!"
The KSA is an absolute monarchy.
Remember your history....divine right of kings. A concept still taken seriously in some corners of the world. In Arabic culture, a king is a regent divinely appointed and ruling through the grace of God alone; used to be like that in European culture until maybe 200-300 years ago. The Saudi King is best described as combination of King and Pope (at least as far as the KSA is concerned; his religious writ doesn’t apply beyond their borders). And in Sunni, the real power is with the clerics, unlike Shi’a, where the power is with the Ayatollahs.
They'll walk only when accompanied by a male family member. They'll vote only when accompanied by a male family member, too. IOW, that gives the male family member his vote plus however many wives' votes. Vote early. Vote often.
Might as well walk to Potemkin elections.
Clever. Give them the right to vote in rigged elections.
They’ll be kept at home by their husbands anyway! Or beaten and told how to vote!
It means NOTHING. It’s not a response to internal power by women, it’s a response to external criticism.
So expect to see some nice pictures of women voting sometime soon, but it means nothing.
LOL. Women freely beaten by their husbands, be divorced by the man for any reason, testimony counts as half a man, must dress in trash bags to cover the beatings, but they can vote in rigged elections.
If they can’t leave the house without a male member of the family to keep them from turning into raving slut-whores, how are they going to go vote? The men will just have to leave the house and not come back until the polls close.
There you go.
Additionally, to the best of my knowledge there are no political parties (as we would define them) existent in the Kingdom.
And as you said, it’s most likely a response to a lot of external criticism from many parts of the world.
On the other hand, I knew some Saudis in Berlin....the men were complaining that their wives were henpecking them, and there was nothing they could do about it. It reminds me of the classical stereotype that all Asian women are submissive to their husbands......yeah, right. More like the iron talon in the velvet glove, at least in my experiences in the Far East.
One day they will get all the way to the 21st century
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