What do Dr. Saleh Al-Saadoon, noted Saudi historian and State Representative David Moore of Montana have in common? Both men, it would appear, lack the ability to think rationally. (That’s a really nice way of saying they’re both morons).
In an interview earlier in the week, Dr. Al-Saadoon suggested women in Saudi Arabia are “treated like queens” because they are chauffeured around the country. Never mind that pesky law forbidding them from driving in the first place. Besides, it’s for their own good.
It’s entirely possible that, left to their own devices, these silly women just might get a flat tire or run out of gas. Stranded on the side of the road, they’d be sitting ducks for rapists and other criminal elements. You may point out, as the female interviewer did, that women in other countries drive themselves around without a second thought. Dr. Dumbass was quick to point out, “They don’t care if they are raped by the roadside.”
Quick question, Doc. Is it the formless burqa that causes Saudi men to lose control of themselves? Or is it the possibility of glimpsing a sliver of bare ankle that really gets them going? Maybe it’s the raw power of a woman capable of driving and having an independent thought? Does driving constitute indecency?
Maybe I should ask someone else.
How about you, Rep. Moore? In your estimation, what might be construed as indecent?
According to the Representative from Montana, a whole hell of a lot. Yoga pants, for one. He proclaimed they should be “illegal” to wear in public and worthy of arrest. Beige clothing appears to be on the chopping block, but only if it’s “tight fitting.” Oh, and exposed or even implied nipples. That includes you, guys. You might want to think twice before you mow the lawn shirtless, lest you find yourself in the pokey.
Moore defended the introduction of House Bill 365, a revision of current indecency laws in his state. “I want Montana to be known as a decent state where people can live within the security of laws and protect their children and associates from degrading and indecent practices. I believe this bill is written preserving that reputation.” (Seriously, this is why people hate Republicans. Jack wagon).
That bill, along with my tolerance, was killed in committee today.
Two men, across the planet from each other, appear to have forged a common bond by speaking publicly without first engaging their brains. They presume that decency begins, not with men that can’t seem to control themselves, but with innocent women that aren’t doing much more than existing. Gentlemen, let me enlighten you.
I have my own car. I drive it myself. The only indecent thing I do in it is sing off-key with the sunroof open. Should my car break down, I’m likely to call AAA or my husband. While awaiting the arrival of either, it is not unreasonable to assume I will be perfectly safe inside my own vehicle. It would be unreasonable to assume being on the side of the road is an invitation to rape me. Even if I’m wearing yoga pants on a solo road trip.
Placing a punitive action on either of those things is the only indecent part of this scenario. Please join me in the 21st century, where men really can take responsibility for their own thoughts and behaviors. Stop hijacking decency laws to control women. Stop trying to ban books like 50 Shades of Grey because you deem it offensive without actually having read it.
The Marquis de Sade, in a brief moment of sanity, said something that rings true today, “Social order at the expense of liberty is hardly a bargain.”
Especially when liberty is wearing a pair of Lululemons.