John Stuart Mill said: “The only freedom which deserves the name is that of pursuing our own good, in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it.” There are very few nations that take serious strides to give their citizens the freedom and autonomy they deserve. It is a rare thing to find a country that allows equal freedoms for all under the law. We are only free when we pursue the freedoms we enjoy for all in our world. That is why I am so thankful for Saudi Arabia, because they have truly outdone themselves.
According to the Associated Press:
“A Saudi newspaper says the kingdom’s religious police are now allowing women to ride motorbikes and bicycles but only in restricted, recreational areas…The official says women may not use the bikes for transportation but ‘only for entertainment’ and that they should shun places where young men gather ‘to avoid harassment.'”
Wow, what an incredible step forward for equal rights! For so many years, women were not allowed to ride bicycles or motor-bikes because it was feared that they may hurt themselves, or that they may be harassed by dangerous men folk. You know those women bicyclists! But now, in a beautiful gesture, the leading men folk have decided to grant Saudi women the privilege of feeling the wind on their hair—sorry—their arms—sorry—their feet. Freedom rings!
Of course, women riders are only allowed to ride for purposes of entertainment, because let’s not get crazy! Allowing women to use bicycles for transportation would be a disaster; a breeze might reveal an ankle, or some forehead! We can’t risk getting the males all riled up. Saudi women must be controlled for the good of all.
This step forward marks a true victory for women everywhere. First, women’s liberation in the United States, now this! Of course, women are still banned from driving, touching men, and revealing anything but their eyes; but one step at a time.
Saudi women are now able to enjoy a level of freedom that, prior to this point, was unthinkable. They should all be rejoicing in the streets—before curfew, of course—and also no too loudly, because that might inflame the lusts of men across the country. Saudi women should be quietly, and modestly rejoicing; preferably in a closet or a kitchen—because that’s where they belong.
With this profound step, what could be next?! Bicycles for transportation?! Golly, I can only imagine! Thank you, Saudi Arabia, for setting a truly sterling example for the rest of us to follow. With your continued efforts, maybe women in your country will one day be treated slightly better than dogs!