What "Optional" Means In Saudi Arabia

Agence France-Presse reports:

Alt-text. The final frontier.Since November 2012, Saudi women's male guardians have been sent an SMS message informing them when women under their custody leave, even if they are travelling together.

The programme, which was strongly criticised by women rights activists, "has been suspended due to some observations," passports department spokesman Ahmad al-Laheedan was quoted by Arab News as saying.

Sounds like good news. Hopefully they'll not just suspend it but kill it altogeth—

"It will undergo amendment," he said, indicating that the system that compounded constraints on women in the ultra-conservative kingdom, could return as optional.

Well, as long as women can opt out, I suppose that's still an improvemen—

Men would only receive an SMS if they requested to be informed.

Oh. That sort of "optional."

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  • BoscoH||

    A shame we can't repurpose this government program for our pets here. Those damned collars with GPS are expensive when you have a few dogs. And sadly, we're all one idiot leaving a gate open from never seeing our dogs again.

  • Floridian||

    I'm not sure why reason has all these articles about how other countries do a poor job of protecting freedom. Maybe I'm cynical in assuming, without facts, that all governments oppress citizens in differing ways.

  • Jam||

    countries don't protect freedom. this should be used as a modern example of how they suppress it therefore abolish them, but that would be too much freedom.

    you have to have a state for slavery

  • AlgerHiss||

    It is the Islamic MALE that should wear a burka and not be allowed to drive.

    The Islamic female should always lead the male about with a leash.

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