A catchy slogan, certainly. It's a campaign led by Saudi Princess Jawaher bint Jalawi against those liberals and feminists who are trying to improve the status of women in the Kingdom: rather in the spirit of Marie Antoinette advising the poor on the benefits of eating cake. Here's a MEMRI look at some press reaction:
Princess Jawaher's campaign is a response to the struggle launched in July 2009 by Saudi women's rights activist Wajeha Al-Huweidar calling for abolishing the mahram ("guardian") law, which requires women to obtain the approval of a male relative for nearly any move they make in their lives. As part of her campaign, Al-Huweidar, together with her colleagues, went to the King Fahd Bridge, which joins Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, and demanded to leave the country without a guardian's approvalSaudi journalist Sabria Jawhar, at the Huffington Post, while unsupportive of the efforts of the women's rights activists - "It's silly. Public acts of defiance are unseemly in Saudi society...If one wonders why great numbers of Saudi women don't join Al-Huwaider it's because they are asked to defy Islam" - can't summon much enthusiasm for the princess either. Elsewhere in the Saudi press the princess doesn't get much support either.
But the best response is from Dr. Elham Manea, translated at Saudiwoman's Weblog, and not referenced in the MEMRI piece:
Most of them belong to the Saudi aristocrats. Their leader is a princess. Their hands are velvet. They live in palaces and villas. How could we blame them for not knowing the reality of average Saudi women?...So what does the princess's guardian think of it all?
These campaigners who stand againsts activists see nothing strange in the fact that we are the only Muslim country that bans women driving. Isn’t it funny that Saudi Arabia is unique in this odd religious aspect? But it has always been so. They don’t wonder as to how a woman’s freedom in our country has been choked and strangled a thousand times over,so that the poor soul cannot make a move without a male’s permission, a male who’s only distinction is his genitals. To the degree that we see nothing weird about a twenty year old being reprimanded by her ten year old brother.
My guardian knows what’s best for me, seriously?!
Well,...I think we can guess.
Hundreds of people in Somalia have been forced to watch Islamist militants executing two people accused of spying.
People in Merca said al-Shabaab militia patrolled the town with loudspeakers, demanding they attend the executions.
The militants also ordered schools to close for the day as they were keen for children to watch the two men being shot dead by a firing squad.
Most of those at the execution, on a patch of open ground, are reported to have been women and children.
It is becoming something of a pattern for al-Shabaab to encourage young people to engage in violence....
Somali children's rights groups say al-Shabaab is intent on brainwashing the young to believe in violent Islamism.
In this way, it can ensure it has a steady supply of recruits, ready to fight for its aim of establishing extreme Islamist rule, not only in Somalia but far beyond its borders.
Her Bangladeshi-born mother had suggested that Zena might be allowed to poison herself rather than be murdered for bringing shame on the family. Zena, born in England, is second-generation British Asian and her accent betrays where she was brought up although it is far from where she lives now....
Another court case six years ago had shocked Zena into climbing out of the window of her locked bedroom and leaving home with £46 and a change of clothes, an impulsive act she believes saved her life.
It was the story of Heshu Yones, 16, from Acton, west London, who was stabbed 11 times and then had her throat cut by her father who said he had to kill her because other men in his circle of Kurdish friends thought she had a boyfriend and his honour was shamed. Abdalla Yones was convicted of murder and jailed for life in 2003...
Police estimate at least 12 are dying each year in the UK but others will be hidden – forced suicides and murders made to look like suicide are widely believed to take place undetected. Women aged 16-24 from Pakistani, Indian and Bangladeshi backgrounds are three times more likely to kill themselves than the national average for that age and it is impossible to tell what pressures some must have been under. And for every woman who dies, it seems certain that there are many, many more living with honour-based abuse and hidden away in shuttered communities.
Mrs Howe referred to homosexuals as "sodomites" and blamed "their perverted sexual practice" for sexually transmitting diseases as well as the "downfall of every Empire".
She argues that she is not homophobic, but was expressing her deeply held religious beliefs.
Back in July The Bold Red Line - a programme on the Saudi-owned Lebanese TV channel LBC, which specialises in probing the underbelly of Arab society by interviewing - *shock* - homosexuals and the like (oh yes) - ran an interview with a Saudi airline sales clerk called Mazen Abdul Jawad, who fancied himself something of a Lothario and gave advice on how to pick up girls, while describing his sexual exploits at some length and brandishing a sex toy. The reaction of the Saudi religious police was swift and predictable:
“The program presents anomalies and deviancy in society that are unacceptable and immoral and should be punished according to Shariah."The wretched man - branded "the sex braggart" by the Saudi media - was arrested and has now been sentenced to five years imprisonment and 1,000 lashes.
If you think that's bad.... it gets worse:
A Saudi female journalist said Saturday that a court has ordered her to receive 60 lashes for working at a television network that aired the sexual confessions of a man.
Rozana al-Yami said a judge in the Red Sea coastal town of Jeddah dropped all charges that she had been directly involved with the episode of a programme on LBC, a Saudi-owned Lebanese network, in July.
However, Yami said the judge sentenced her to 60 lashes for having been a part-time employee for LBC's Saudi operations. The judge mentioned LBC had lacked the appropriate operating licence, she said without elaborating.
"It's a punishment for all journalists through me," Yami told AFP by telephone.
"They just said the channel was illegal. But the Saudi minister of information himself appeared on LBC a couple of weeks ago," she said.
Saudi judges base their rulings on strict Islamic sharia law, but it was not immediately clear how the judge in this case reached the verdict.
Yami, 22, until recently a reporter for the Arabic women's magazine Roaa, said she did not know when her sentence would be carried out. She does not plan an appeal, saying she feared she could end up with a harsher sentence.
Her sentencing comes after Saudi airline sales clerk Mazen Abdul Jawad was convicted of offensive behaviour and sentenced to five years in jail and 1,000 lashes on October 7 for his appearance on the LBC show "Bold Red Line," in which he talked about picking up girls and having sex with them.
Three friends who appeared on the show with him were given two-year terms and 300 lashes each, while a cameraman who helped film the episode was sentenced to two months in jail. Abdul Jawad's lawyer Sulaiman al-Jimaie expressed shock at Yami's sentence because she had nothing to do with him or the episode of the programme he appeared in.
60 lashes - and she had nothing to do with the sex braggart or the episode of the programme he appeared in. She is a woman, though...