“Gender Identity”: The Conservative Transgender War Against Children

BY GALLUSMAG

Lotta news and op/ed this week about a self-described “gender diversity training” program funded by a grant from the California Teachers Association and administered to elementary school students in Oakland. The teachers and administrators thought they were funding/supporting a program that teaches kids to be “Free To Be You and Me, the idea that sex roles are culturally created fiction and that kids should be free to act and dress however they want without being teased or having sex-based stereotypes forced upon them. All state schools are required to have a specific plan to address safety and other issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity.”

But that’s not what they got:

http://radicalhub.wordpress.com/2011/05/28/“gender-identity”-the-conservative-transgender-war-on-children/

Transgender Activists always dismiss the realistic concerns that women have about allowing males into spaces that are sex segregated for female privacy from male predators. Such as restrooms, locker rooms, showers, hospital bed assignments, jail cells, homeless shelters, rape crisis centers, etc. These activists deny and disregard the real threat to females by males, even males who want to dress in feminine clothes or who “feel like women inside” or who have a psychiatric disorder that causes them to claim they are actually female, even though they are male. These men do not give a shit about the actual people they want to minstrelize and dress up as and mimic. They not only deny that we are oppressed because of our sex, they claim our sex doesn’t even exist! But they do more than deny female reality and make kooky claims: They are using the political capital of Lesbians and Gays to pass laws enforcing their male-centric female-phobic sexist views. “Gender Identity Protections” are laws that eliminate sex-based protections for females.

Examples of such protected areas are:

Bathrooms

Hospital Bed Assignments

Prisons

Locker rooms

Sports competition

Statistical Data collection

Title IX endowments

Women’s Health resources, statistics and research endowment

Sex based crime statistics

Support Groups

Rape Crisis Centers

Communal showers

Children’s sleepover camps

Women’s Shelters

Women’s colleges

One of the tropes Transjacktivists use to promote and legalize their desire to eliminate female spaces is to assert that males with GID are speshul snowflakes or claim that males wouldn’t adopt transgenderism in order to prey on women. Or that males who are arrested repeatedly for getting off on watching women perform intimate activities (in places they assume they are free from males) wouldn’t go through the trouble of putting on a wig that makes those same activities legal. Whut??? Are you out of your mind? Why wouldn’t a guy who risks arrest repeatedly to invade women’s space comply with measures which make his activities legal?? It’s considerably less inconvenient to put on a skirt and some lippy than to be arrested and processed, make bail, go before a judge, etc. etc. One might say it is quite more convenient indeed!

Transjacktivists claim that arrest statistics for peeping and perving don’t show a sharp increase in states where men are allowed in women’s spaces. Well of course they don’t! Making a formerly illegal behavior LEGAL seldom results in more arrests for (now legal) behavior. Duh!

The truth is guys do this shit all the time. And they’ll do whatever it takes to perv on females. Here are some of the things they’ll do to get into female spaces:

  1. Hide cameras and microphones in female spaces.
  2. Crawl through ventilation ducts to view female spaces.
  3. Install double mirrors to view female spaces.
  4. Drill holes in walls to peep women’s spaces.
  5. Place cameras in shopping bags next to females wearing skirts.
  6. Risking arrest –and repeat arrest- sneaking into women’s restrooms.
  7. Dress up as and try to pass as female.
  8. Claim they are female.
  9. Try to pass laws permitting men who claim they are female to legally enter spaces where females do not want men.
  10. Try to pass laws that state that females don’t actually exist.
  11. Force law enforcement and media outlets to report male crimes against women as woman-on-woman crime, if the male is diagnosed with GID.

Let’s face it, males commit violent and sexual crimes against women. Statistically, it is indisputable. And criminal actions by and arrests of men don’t decrease after SRS (sexual reassignment surgery). In fact post SRS males have higher rates of criminality than the general public. There are voluminous incidents of transgender male violence against women. Murders, rapes, assaults. There are infantesimal reports of crimes against male transgenders committed by female perpetrators. Statistically minute. What does that tell us? It tells us that females should have the right to sex-segregated areas in places where they are especially vulnerable to male crimes against women. And that includes males who suffer from GID.

EVERY TIME I see a trans claim that male transgenders in female spaces don’t hurt women I’m going to add a link to this page. And if they keep it up, I’ll start a list of violent crimes committed against females by male transgenders.

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It Was The Hairy Hands That Gave Him Away!

“A man in Saudi Arabia who was sick and tired of always looking at women in abayas, hatched a plan to catch a glimpse of women without their traditional black robes on.

He decked himself out in an abaya, right down to wearing black shoes and a face veil and calmly strolled into a women’s public restroom.”

http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/169309#ixzz1Jvi9S900

“The 22-year-old from Edgbaston was seen sneaking into the women’s toilets “dressed like a mannequin with a mask and a wig” earlier this month. When security guards nabbed him after he emerged from the locked cubicle, Hardman admitted to performing a sexual act and said: “I’ve been a bit weird.” He also told police he found the sound of women on the toilet sexually exciting and said: “It’s good you’ve caught me — maybe now I’ll stop.” Police found three images of women’s feet taken beneath cubicle doors on his mobile phone, and an audio recording of a flushing toilet, the court was told. Hardman told Birmingham Magistrates’ Court he felt “sexual gratification out of everything that goes on in women’s toilets”. When asked to explain his outfit, he said he wore the clothes to a fancy dress party and then tried it out at the shopping mall.” http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/8238380/man-dressed-as-mannequin-found-in-mall-toilet

Cross-dressing Peeper Infiltrates Cal Women’s Locker Room

LAW ENFORCEMENT & CRIME

Anneli Rufus —  Tue, Oct 12, 2010 at 12:00 PM

“A man dressed as a woman has been spotted peeping at females and photographing them in a UC Berkeley locker room.”

http://www.eastbayexpress.com/92510/archives/2010/10/12/cross-dressing-peeper-infiltrates-cal-womens-locker-room

“North Little Rock Police arrested 39 year old Scotty Vest for sexual indecency outside a women’s bathroom, near a playground at Burns Park. Vest was arrested Monday after police say he exposed himself and masturbated in front of three children, two are 11 and one is 12, while trying to lure them inside the bathroom. Those three children ran to a group of adults nearby and asked for help. “They came up to me and they were waiving at me and next thing I know they’re running down the hill you know, ‘call the cops, call the cops, there is this man there’s this man dressed up as a woman and he’s playing with himself,’” says Mary Stafford.”

http://www.cwarkansas.com/mostpopular/story/Update-Friends-of-man-arrested-for-sexual/ehozQqRzrEmKVIfjZgGHLQ.cspx

Police: Cross-Dressing Peeping Tom Arrested Again

November 24, 2010

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. –” Police said a cross-dressing man accused of being a peeping Tom spent Tuesday night in jail.”

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/25904268/detail.html

“A cross-dressing man claims another transvestite bit off the tip of his nose during an assault in a restroom at popular south Omaha nightspot. That club is now being sued.

A cross-dressing man who was assaulted in a club restroom has filed suit against the nightclub. The suit states “Tquila and its employees should have known that when there was a gathering of numerous patrons in the restroom that there was trouble and the potential of physical harm to one of its patrons.”

“I don’t know if we need to put up a different bathroom,” says Israel Fuentes, who co-owns the Tquila. “They were dressed like women and they went into the women’s bathroom.”

http://www.wowt.com/home/headlines/95357644.html

“Polk County, TN – What happens when a registered sex offender and his cross-dressing boyfriend show up at an elementary school on Grandparent’s Day? Not much. What happens when the sex offender’s cross-dressing boyfriend enters the girl’s restroom to drain the main vein? People get weirded out and start investigating shit. When staff members saw the cross-dresser go into the bathroom, they grew suspicious and checked the school’s sign-in sheet, cross-referenced it with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Sex Offender Registry and found 49-year-old William Baker’s name in both places. “They were more concentrated on the cross-dresser when it was actually the man with the cross-dresser that shouldn’t have been there,” said Polk County Sheriff’s Detective Brian Fields. Baker was convicted of criminal attempt to commit aggravated sexual battery of a 6-year-old girl back in ’94 and is not allowed near children. Plus, Baker doesn’t even have any young ‘ens enrolled at the school, he and his boyfriend were merely dropping off a neighbor that day and decided to hang around for the festivities. Once Baker and his companion realized they had raised some eyebrows, they left school grounds. Deputies caught up with Baker a few days later and placed him under arrest. He stands accused of violating Tennessee sex offender regulations. Aside from being on school grounds when he shouldn’t have, Baker did nothing illegal. “You don’t want the fox going into the hen house,” said Polk County Director of Schools James Jones. “It’s a safety issue for our children. And the law is very specific about when and how a sex offender can be on school property.”

http://www.dreamindemon.com/2010/10/08/registered-sex-offender-arrested-after-attending-function-at-elementary-school/

Hong Kong -” A transvestite man caught dressed as a nurse in the female washroom at a Hong Kong public hospital has been jailed, a news report said Thursday.

Chung Kai-lun, 29, was found wearing women’s clothes and a surgical mask in the hospital toilet less than a year after being given a suspended sentence for dressing as a schoolgirl in a school canteen.”

http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1362276.php/Hong_Kong_transvestite_caught_in_nurses_washroom_is_jailed

“”I wanted to see women naked,” he was quoted as telling investigators. “Dressing up as a woman was a step to do that.”

http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2003/11/27/Cross-dresser-arrested-in-bath-house/UPI-63871069941991/

GREENSBURG, Pa. — “A 48-year-old man allegedly dressed as a woman and went into a girls’ locker room at Greensburg Salem High School, “

http://www.wtae.com/r/3716265/detail.html

Purdue police investigate report of

man taking photographs in

women’s restroom

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -” Purdue University police are

investigating a reported incident in which a man dressed as

a woman was seen taking photographs under the wall of a

women’s bathroom stall in Yue-Kong Pao Hall of Visual and

Performing Arts.

The incident was reported to police about 3:30 p.m. Monday

(March 31).

According to a police report, a woman was in a bathroom

stall on the third floor of the building and saw a hand

holding a blue flip-phone camera beneath the door. She left

the restroom and then returned to confront the person. At

that point, she realized the person was a man dressed as a

woman.”

http://www.purdue.edu/police/pdf/2006/033108.pdf

2009 “Richard Rendler, 60, of San Jose, a registered sex offender, found that out on Friday in Campbell, when he was arrested at the PruneYard Shopping Center on misdemeanor loitering charges. Campbell Police Sgt. Dave Carmichael said Rendler was arrested after having been caught in the womens’ restroom of an unnamed store for “several minutes.”

Police were tipped off to Rendler’s whereabouts shortly before noon on Friday, when a witness called authorities to say a man was getting out of his car wearing fake breasts and a wig and carrying a purse. The witness saw the man near a bank and thought it was a little “weird” to see a man wearing what seemed to be a disguise, Carmichael said.”

http://www.mercurynews.com/crime/ci_11558044

According to the Megan’s Law Web site, Render has been previously arrested on charges of child molestation and indecent exposure.”

http://www.romenews-tribune.com/view/full_story/6822843/article-Rome-man-arrested-in-women’s-bathroom-at-Calhoun-Walmart?instance=home_Most_popular 2010- Georgia -Rome man arrested in women’s bathroom at Calhoun Walmart

by Calhoun Times

“A Rome man was released on bond after being arrested for allegedly taking his clothes off in front of children in the women’s restroom of Walmart in Calhoun. Police officers arrived to find Burnes wearing a dark woman’s suit including a short skirt and jacket, black leather coat, black high heals, red nail polish, green eye shadow and women’s jewelry. According to the witness, Burnes had been in the women’s section of the store with his skirt “kicked up showing his white girdle and dark thong underwear.”

A man has been arrested in Hokkaido for putting on some make-up and a blouse and hanging out in a women’s public toilet:

“Tsukasa Okazaki, 45, the banker from Monbetsu, Hokkaido, was arrested for trespassing. He admits to the allegations.

I wanted people to see me as some sort of weirdo,” he told the police.

Mission accomplished.”

http://www.japanprobe.com/2008/04/28/weirdo-arrested/

Transgendered suspect stole $3G from women in restrooms, cops say

Posted by the Ocean County Observer on 07/25/06

BY KIM PREDHAM STAFF WRITER

LACEY — A transgendered Floridian stole more than $3,000 from women at the Forked River service station, police reported yesterday. Gwendolyn (aka Edward) Scott, 49, of Miami, was arrested Saturday after she was observed at the women’s bathroom at the service station on the Garden State Parkway, State Police Trooper John Steet said.

The bathroom had been the scene of several thefts, dating back to May 20, Steet said. The suspect would target middle-aged and older women who hooked their purses on the bathroom stall door, he said. Some victims also reported being escorted or directed to a specific stall.

Generally, they would not notice their purse had been taken until they saw it returning over the stall door, either hitting them in the head or falling to the floor, he said.

http://www.emorywheel.com/detail.php?n=27437

“Emory Police Department (EPD) officers arrested “Coco Dorella,” whose legal name is William Frazier, on Sept. 18 at the Dobbs University Center (DUC) for carrying a loaded weapon onto school property.

Frazier was reported by an Emory staff member, who said that a black male wearing a multicolored mini skirt and a wig had entered the women’s restroom, said Lt. Cheryl Elliott of EPD, adding that the DUC staff had asked him on many occasions not to use the restroom.

According to EPD reports, the semi-automatic gun had a magazine with seven rounds of ammunition.Frazier also had a box with approximately 37 to 40 rounds of ammunition.”

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/2006-12-28/news/tranny-gate/

LINK ADDED as promised – this one’s for you Zoe Alan Brain:

Male Transgender sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for assault on woman in women’s restroom:

“Hagan was convicted in July of punching a fellow bar patron in the mouth. The victim, 40-year-old Cheryl Partsch, lost five teeth and could end up paying as much as $60,000 in medical bills.

“Hagan was accused of battering Partsch because she questioned his presence in the women’s restroom.”

http://www.sptimes.com/News/92599/Pasco/Cross_dressing_man_se.shtml

LINK ADDED as promised: This one’s for you Gina S. -

“Police said Isaiah Johnson, 20, of Stamford, and “two other males dressed as females in the area of Veteran’s Park Bus stop” coerced the teenage boy into the bathroom of the food court of the Stamford mall on April 26, where a sexual encounter took place. The next day, the student told a school administrator, who reported the incident. Stamford police charged Johnson with second-degree sexual assault, second-degree unlawful restraint and risk of injury to a minor.” http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/Teen-Coerced-Into-Food-Court-Bathroom-for-Sex-Cops-123472564.html

LINK ADDED as promised. -This week RServen posted an article on the Daily Kos which asked “Has there ever been a case of a transperson committing such an act in a public restroom?  Research comes up empty.” I wish RServen luck on improving his research skills, or at least his ability to lie more convincingly. In his honor I post this link from last week:

July 6, 2011-

MILWAUKIE, Ore. – A registered sex offender dressed up like a woman, went into a women’s locker room at a pool and talked with several children before being chased down by a good Samaritan, according to a Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

Friday around 3 p.m. 39-year-old Thomas Lee Benson put on a bra, lipstick and eyeliner and walked into the North Clackamas Aquatic Park in Milwaukie, Detective Jim Strovink said.

Strovink said Benson wandered around the center talking with children, went in the women’s locker room and took a dip in the hot tub.

The pool was full of children at the time, including many on a summer field trip with the group Self Enhancement, Inc.

26-year-old Tayo Cotton and other adults were supervising kids on the field trip when he noticed Benson walk into the locker room. He said Benson was wearing a bikini at that point. He next saw Benson leave the men’s locker room dressed in men’s clothes.

“It looked just like a man wearing a bikini bottom and he had a white t-shirt on with a bikini top, you could see the bikini top,” Cotton said.

Cotton tried to stop Benson when he came out but Benson took off running, Strovink said.

Cotton gave chase as Benson ran into the parking lot and through a Sears department store. Cotton said Benson was trying to open several car doors during the chase.

Eventually, Strovink said Benson found a car with an open rear window and was able to open the door. There was a startled woman in the car.

Before Benson could get into the car, Cotton grabbed him by the shoulders and pulled him away. During the tussle, a Clackamas County deputy arrived and handcuffed Benson.

“I just ran to him, grabbed him, kind of wrapped him up and then just kind of rolled on him,” Cotton said. “He didn’t say one word to me, make any eye contact from the moment I saw him until he was arrested.”

Benson was taken to jail and faces charges of unlawful contact with a child, unlawfully being in a location where children congregate, robbery and attempted unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

“That’s horrifying, because some people let their kids go change in the bathroom,” said parent Tisha Rayson.

Benson has a history of similar behavior. In 2007, Portland Police said he dressed up as a woman and went into the women’s locker room at Mt. Scott Community Center.

According to the state sex offender registry, Benson was convicted in 1994 of sex abuse and was known to target girls between five and nine years old. The state lists him as a “predatory” sex offender.

http://milwaukie.katu.com/news/crime/detective-man-dressed-woman-went-pool-locker-room/441693

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For Gemma Seymour, author of “Potty Panic” (oh those silly women!):

He Just Wanted to Shake Women’s Hands—as Cross-Dresser in Restroom

Strange report from Grossmont Center details man dressed up as woman, but considered an isolated incident.

People often dress up for movies—Harry Potter fans being the latest example. But one visitor to the Grossmont Center cinemas was acting up in the wrong place at the wrong time Sunday—a man in the women’s restroom.

That afternoon, a possibly middle-aged man was reported to be wearing older women’s clothing and a face mask, pretending to be a woman, La Mesa police said Wednesday.

The dressed up man came out of a stall inside the women’s restroom at the movie theater at Reading Cinemas Grossmont Center 10, said police Lt. Dan Willis.

“At the time, the reporting person, a woman washing her hands at the sink counter, was approached by the dressed up man, who asked the woman if he could shake her hand,” Willis said.

“When the woman said ‘No,’ the subject left and was walking around the lobby of the movie theater asking to shake the hands of women.

A police “calls for service” report mislabeled the incident as indecent exposure, Willis said.

But it was merely a Municipal Code violation—an adult being in the opposite sex bathroom.

“There is no further information on the subject, and we have not had any similar calls,” Willis said.

 

Police: Man in bra and wig found in women’s bathroom

Police: Man in bra and wig found in women’s bathroom

by KOMO 4 Staff
Updated 08:27 p.m., Friday, March 16, 2012
 EVERETT, Wash. – A man wearing a bra and wig was arrested Friday after he was spotted in a women’s bathroom at Everett Community College, police said.

Officers responded to the scene at about 1:30 p.m. after a college staff member said she saw the man go into the women’s rest room and alerted security personnel.

An investigation found that the suspect had gone into the rest room while two women were inside, according to a police report. The women were later interviewed and said they had no idea that the man was there.

When police interviewed the man, he claimed that he had gone into the bathroom to use the facilities.

But the investigating officer noted that the man was wearing a wig and bra. A search also turned up a pair of woman’s panties in his front pocket, according to the police report.

The man, later identified as Taylor J. Buehler, 18, of Lake Stevens, was placed under arrest.

He admitted to officers that he was the suspect in an earlier voyeurism incident at Everett Community College on Monday, police said.

In the earlier incident, he said he took a shower in the girls’ locker room for sexual gratification, acccording to the police report.”

http://www.seattlepi.com/local/article/Police-Man-in-bra-and-wig-found-in-women-s-3414089.php

Update to this story: http://gendertrender.wordpress.com/2011/05/15/“on-june-17-we-will-drive”-saudi-women-plan-mass-protest-for-freedom-to-drive/

One of the organizers of the June 17th Saudi Women Drive protest has been arrested, and also family members. The Facebook page, Twitter account, and YouTube channel have been deleted by Saudi government authorities. The facebook page had over 13,000 women who committed to participating in the driving protest before it was deleted. The arrested are Manal Al-Sharif, the woman shown driving on the now deleted YouTube video, and her brother.

Saudi police arrested the woman even though there is not actually any law against female drivers. It is on the authority of conservative religious zealots that the ban is in place, even though there is no such prohibition in Islam. Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world with such a ban against women.

According to Arab News there is an anti-women driving campaign now started which advises men to beat women who drive: “Among these calls is a campaign demanding all men to beat up women attempting to drive. The men have been told to use their igals (head bands) to strike women behind the wheels in the streets.”

Another campaign was started by men pledging to protect women drivers, including a Facebook page called Protecting Saudi Females on 17th June.

The Saudi Women’s Revolution FB page is still up, and a page showing worldwide support of Manal Alsharif- https://www.facebook.com/pages/We-are-supporting-Manal-Alsharif/229788737035282 

The page states:

“Manal AlSharif
founder of “I will drive starting June 17″
a campaign which encourages and enables saudi women to drive.

She is an inspirational leader that will be remarkable for future generations as the first Saudi woman ever to announce driving a car by herself

Manal Al sharif, is one of hundreds Saudi women who seek their rights, justice, and dignity. She’s now another victim to the oppression of the Saudi police men. Manal in her attempt to challenge women driving ban in Saudi Arabia by the most pacifist way, through an event on facebook, has been arrested twice late at night Sunday, May 22, by the hands of the religious police and without any apparent legal reasons.

We’ve been fighting for so long in a country where human rights are barely applied. We ask for your help and media support to our essential case.

Spread the news and join us.”

Media, Journalists, Bloggers PLEASE COVER THIS STORY WORLDWIDE.
New twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/ManalFree (Pro-tip to Saudi Authorities: YOU ARE NOT GOING TO SHUT THESE WOMEN UP.)

OK so you know how I sometimes do a “Saturday Night Double Feature” and throw up a few vids that may or may not be of interest. Well tonight it’s Saturday Night Main Event singular because this video is THE SHITE!!! This is a MUST SEE for anyone interested in Gender. To my trans readers: This video will HELP YOU PASS as the opposite sex! So WATCH it! To all women and girls: WATCH this video! It WILL be on the mid-term. Please don’t comment if you haven’t watched. Thanks.

Sit back, relax, and fire up the Colortinis. Enjoy.

New Wave

May 18, 2011

As the so-called Third Wave (or “No Wave”) of feminism begins to wane, many women have been discovering (or re-discovering) and embracing Radical Feminism. There’s been an explosion of new writing, new blogs, new voices, many of them from young women who came of age in the era of Fun-feminism and Post-modernism and Queer theory. The third wave told them “Hey, feminism isn’t about women, because female is only a “concept”. Now feminism is about being sexy! Loving porn! Embracing gender!”

But young women  are saying- “Hey, wait a minute. This feminism is not actually addressing my concerns. It has no real platform besides mindless consumerism and accepting things the way they are. This feminism isn’t CHANGING anything. It doesn’t MEAN anything.”

And they’re finding the feminism that does. The feminism that cuts at the roots of patriarchy. The feminism that dares to change the world.

Tonight, a large gathering is taking place. A place in cyberspace, for women to talk, and challenge, and teach and learn, and just plain shoot the shit. It’s the launch of a bustling new Hub for Radical Feminism. Introducing:   http://radicalhub.wordpress.com/

SEE YOU THERE! :)

The following is a comment that I received in response to my Feminization Hypnosis post. It is so off-the-rails that I half wondered if it wasn’t some sort of satire. Read the rest of this entry »

A group of Saudi women are organizing a mass “drive-in” for June 17, 2011. They will risk arrest, the loss of their jobs, and possibly further restriction on what little freedoms they have.

From The Seattle Times: “Saudi Arabia enforces the ascetic Wahhabi version of Sunni Islam. Women aren’t allowed to have a Saudi driver’s permit. They can’t travel or get an education without male approval, or mix with unrelated men in public places. They aren’t permitted to vote or run as candidates in municipal elections, the only ones the kingdom allows.

The last time a group of women publicly defied the driving ban was on Nov. 6, 1990, when U.S. troops had massed in Saudi Arabia to prepare for a war that would expel Iraq from Kuwait. The Saudi women were spurred by images of female U.S. soldiers driving in the desert and stories of Kuwaiti women driving their children to safety, and they were counting on the presence of international media to ensure their story would reach the world and lessen the repercussions, according to Noura Abdullah, 55.

Abdullah was one of 47 drivers and passengers who stayed out for about an hour before being arrested. They were banned from travel for a year, lost their jobs for 2 ½ years and were condemned by the powerful clergy as harlots.”

According to the United Nations 2010 Human Development Report’s Gender Equality Index, although Saudi Arabia scores high in development, they are one of the worst nations in the world when it comes to gender equality. “The country shows high human development, with a global HDI [Human Development Index] ranking of 55, an HDI of 0.75 and income per capita of nearly $25,000. However, despite good female educational attainment, women are nearly absent from parliament, and female labour force participation rates are only one-forth those for men, giving the country a GII [Gender Inequality Index] value of 0.76, and a ranking of 128 out of 138 countries.”

The Saudi government has hinted many times over the years that the restriction on female driving would be lifted, but it has never followed through. The Guardian reports that a 2004 study showed 47% of Saudi women own a car! But they are not permitted to drive them. According to http://www.saudiwomendriving.blogspot.com/ , a site devoted entirely to news surrounding Saudi women driving, the fact that average families cannot afford to pay for taxis or drivers means the ban has an even more severe effect on women of lower income and their families.

 A Facebook Page has been set up by some of the women who are planning the protest. As of today nearly 2000 have pledged to participate. They declare: “On June 17th, 2011.. We women in Saudi Arabia, from all nationalities, will start driving our cars by ourselves

We are not here to break the law or demonstrate or challenge the authorities, we are here to claim one of our simplest rights

We have driver’s license and we will abide by the traffic laws..

Enough with the talk… we are here to walk the talk and just do it.. it’s about time!”

(The participating women are being advised to have international driver’s licenses, since Saudi licenses are not issued to women. That way additional charges cannot be brought against them).

Also a twitter site has been set up to gather support, and to post updates on the day of the event. http://twitter.com/#!/Women2Drive

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