Monday, September 26, 2011

Saudi women

Look at this passage by Neil MacFurquhar in the Times:  "Saudi women, who are legally subject to male chaperones for almost any public activity, hailed the royal decree as an important, if limited, step toward making them equal to their male counterparts. They said the uprisings sweeping the Arab world for the past nine months — along with sustained domestic pressure for women’s rights and a more representative form of government — prompted the change."  Notice he spoke about--presumably on behalf of--Saudi women.  Notice how easy it is for the White Man to generalize about ALL THE NATIVES when the generalization is politically convenient.