Monday, June 20, 2011

John and Yoko wrote a song about it ...

It’s Not India, Congo or Afghanistan: The Subjection of Women is Its Own Religion | Doug Saunders

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My mother began her career as a high-school teacher in a country that regarded women as the property of men. She could not get a bank account or a credit card of her own, only one bearing my father’s name – and only with his permission and under his control. Most jobs were open only to men. Only a quarter of drivers were women, and the whole phenomenon of women driving was hotly debated in the media.

That was Canada in the 1960s. I kept that in mind on Friday as I watched the ebullient spectacle of dozens of Saudi Arabian women daring to defy their country’s laws by getting into cars and driving. You might think their humble rebellion is doomed to failure. But we forget how fast things can change, and how suddenly that change can begin.


  1. That song is glorious. It has everything I am looking for in a video... John Lennon, the word "nigger," and women's rights. I feel like life is now going to be all downhill. Still, worth it.

    As for the story, it will be interesting to see if we can expect similar changes from any of the uprisings now happening in the Middle East.

  2. I saw this comment in blogger dashboard after I put the gorilla video post up and misread it as being a reference to that one, my eye having skipped over the John Lennon bit and jumped directly to the controversial word. Thought, just for a split second, "What version of 'Flashdance' has N-bombs in it?!"


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