When Cell Phones Are Used to Monitor Women in Saudi Arabia

4 years ago

I don't know about you, but I feel naked if I leave the house without my smartphone. But what if your phone was used as a sort of high-tech tracking device... to inform your husband of your whereabouts? That's what women in Saudi Arabia face, as Mama B writes on World Moms Blog. She tells the story of a group of women who went away for a weekend trip, only to find out their husbands had received text messages informing them that their wives had left the country. Here's an excerpt of her post:

It baffles me… It leaves me speechless. I just add it to the list of things we as women cannot do without permission from our men. (Get surgery, open a bank account for our kids, buy a car to count a few). And all of these things are to protect us women. My question is what do we need protection from? I mean, what is this big bad thing out there to get us but not all other women on the planet?

As I said before, I can easily forget these things because the men in my life do not treat me as their property. I am a person just as much as they are and I have been since the day I was born. This is not the case with many people though.

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Many Saudi women are lucky enough to have husbands who laugh at these kinds of things. But what about those whose husbands aren't so open minded? Or don't have husbands? Read more about what could happen at World Moms Blog.

News and Politics Editor Grace Hwang Lynch blogs at HapaMama and A Year (Almost) Without Shopping.

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