BY Emma Tilden
on Jul 25, 2014
So apparently women are incapable of parking in standard sized parking spaces.
Or, at least, that’s what the owners of a mall in northern China seem to think. They have created special parking spots “respectfully reserved for ladies” which are not only painted bright pink but also nearly a foot wider than a regular spot.
I don’t know how respectful I find this, though. In fact, I’d say that’s pretty damn sexist and patronizing.
Of course, we can rest assured that “Women make up most of our customers. Read More
BY Adrienne Tooley
on Oct 25, 2013
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Luckily, that’s just what a few brave women in Saudi Arabia are doing in the hopes of finally lifting the ban against female drivers. According to NPR, Saudi women are continuously posting videos of themselves driving on YouTube, and have chosen Saturday, October 26th as a day for women in the country to rally together and drive.
Although women say that officials have lightened up on their general restrictions against females behind the wheel, women are still unable to procure their own driver’s licenses. Read More
BY Fatimah Hameed
on Oct 09, 2013
The stereotype of women and driving in the Middle East is that the two do not mix (aren’t allowed to in the case of Saudi Arabia). But there’s a group of women overcoming this stereotype by doing what they love: not just driving, but RACING.
The Speed Sisters have been garnering international attention over the last few years as the first female team of racers in the Middle East, and now the attention is back while they film a documentary with director Amber Fares. Read More
BY Katie Fustich
on Sep 30, 2013
In Saudi Arabia, it is forbidden for a woman to get behind the wheel of a car. It seems silly, but sheikh Salah al-Luhaydan justifies this ban with irrevocable science: “[Driving] could have a reverse physiological impact. Physiological science and functional medicine studied this side [and found] that it automatically affects ovaries and rolls up the pelvis.”
The law forbidding women from driving has been in effect since 1932, A.K.A. the entirety of Saudi Arabia’s existence. It remains the only country in the world with such a restriction. Read More
Are you sitting down? Because this news is a game-changer: World of Wonder is producing a webseries called RuPaul Drives. In the show, the amazing queen of drag RuPaul takes special hitchhikers/friends/celebrities on drives (get it? drive as in "drag" race?). With RuPaul behind the wheel, guests will chat. They’ll just chat, that simple. And Ru will give passangers a chance to joke, philosophize, and confide in him: “Everyone in LA needs a lift, both spiritually and physically." The potential for humor, spontaneity, and meaningful insight abounds. Read More