There is a recurrent title on YouTube: “Women2drive.” Women, of course, have been driving for decades, to the delight of male comedians hard up for material — except, of course, in Saudi Arabia, where such things are Not Done.

Hence “Women2drive,” in which those things are done and shown to the world. One such video features someone identified only as “Aziza.”

Aziza, it turns out, gave an interview to an American car magazine this summer, in which she gives her full name and makes the following observation:

There’s nothing in the Islamic religion that prevents women from driving. If you think about it, from the days of the prophet Muhammad — peace be upon him — women were on horseback. A car is a lot more modest than horseback. I think because of the Internet and the fact that it allows a lot of people to show what’s going on, that’s why there’s been a lot of momentum with this movement.

Incidentally, she drives a Toyota Avalon.


  1. Charles Pergiel »

    17 September 2011 · 2:26 am

    The music playing in the video (the car radio, I presume) reminds me of a tune, but I can’t remember who did it. Do you?

  2. CGHill »

    17 September 2011 · 10:03 am

    I didn’t attempt to place it; my knowledge of music in these parts is not so great.

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