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Many Saudis don't want women to drive – but it has nothing to do with their ovaries

www.csmonitor.com Published: September 30, 2013
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A Saudi sheikh's comment that driving could damage women's ovaries was pounced on as ridiculous. But some Saudis have less fantastical reasons why they shouldn't drive.



The sheikh in question, Saleh al-Lohaidan, is a relatively low-profile judicial adviser to Gulf psychologists – not a prominent Islamic scholar, as was initially reported. But while his particular argument was quickly pounced on as ridiculous, there remains a deep-seated opposition to women driving among a conservative segment of Saudi society that cannot be as easily dismissed.

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