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A War on Women, you say? Get a whiff of this:

Denied the right to travel without consent from their male guardians and banned from driving, women in Saudi Arabia are now monitored by an electronic system that tracks any cross-border movements.

Since last week, Saudi women’s male guardians began receiving text messages on their phones informing them when women under their custody leave the country, even if they are travelling together… Women are not allowed to leave the kingdom without permission from their male guardian, who must give his consent by signing what is known as the “yellow sheet” at the airport or border.

This strikes me as just a bit more severe than, say, refusing to pay for contraception. But maybe that’s just me.


  1. JT »

    23 November 2012 · 9:12 am

    Give them time…

  2. Jeffro »

    23 November 2012 · 4:43 pm

    But, but, but we’re supposed to be inclusive and non-judgmental with other cultures and religions!!!!

  3. Nicole »

    23 November 2012 · 5:16 pm

    I’m curious as to how they are tracking them. The article doesn’t say.

  4. CGHill »

    23 November 2012 · 5:27 pm

    It doesn’t look like they’ve pressed RFID into action or anything, but they apparently have a system in place for alerting the man of the house once she tries to cross the border.

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