Well this is a rare win for women’s rights in the Middle East. But first, a little context. A woman was arrested in Saudi Arabia for daring to show her bare epidermis. That’s right, she went waltzing the streets of the kingdom in a crop top and mini skirt. Zero craps given. Some even say the skirt was short enough to see her brass balls. Appropriate attire for the blazing heat, sure, but such wardrobe fails to be worthy of Allah’s special stamp of sexist approval (see RELIGION OF PEACE: Vogue Model Murdered. For ‘Not Wearing Islamic Clothing’). She was thrown in the clink thusly.
Police in Saudi Arabia had arrested [a] young woman for wearing “immodest clothes” after an outcry from people who say she flagrantly violated the kingdom’s conservative Islamic dress code. The young woman drew attention over the weekend when the video was shared online of her walking in a historic village north of the capital wearing a miniskirt and crop top, and showing her hair.
— فــّـــــّــواز (@1__shadw) July 16, 2017
News of this unjust arrest quickly made waves online. It started to trend on Facebook as the story sparked public outcry from various nations. Shortly after, she was released from the Saudi police — no thanks to the coward who outed her online in the tweet above. You know how snitches get stitches? In Saudi Arabia, snitches get 70 virgin wives. It’s a cultural thing.
A statement released by the Center for International Communication said police released the woman, who was not named. It says she was released Tuesday evening after a few hours of questioning and that she told investigators that the video posted on social media was published without her knowledge.
“She was released without charge and the case has been closed by the prosecutor,” the statement said.
Arrest is a step up from being murdered by her own family (see PAKISTAN: Man Pardons Himself for ;Honor Killing’ Daughter. No Punishment..), which may yet happen. Still, this woman was thrown in jail for wearing the wrong clothes. Not okay. People responded with appropriate outrage, and it seems Saudi Arabia didn’t want all the negative international press. Isn’t that interesting.
They were shamed into releasing this girl free of harm and sans charges. A victory we should gladly accept. And learn from.
Feminists should feel free to take notes on this. Saudi Arabia is feeling the pressure of an entire world watching their actions. If shaming them works, we should be doing it way more. Interestingly, we hardly see any criticism from feminists when it comes to such issues. Quite the opposite, in fact (see ‘Big Bang Theory’ Star Calls Out Feminist Hypocrites: STOP Ignoring Islam’s Abuse of Women).
If third-wave feminists wish to be on the forefront fighting for women’s rights, perhaps they should consider criticizing Islamic oppression of women. It’s good for the soul.