I have been wanting to talk about this subject for a while but never got the chance until I saw this comment on my post about the Women in Art video.
“Well thats Saudi Culture. But that seems a bit biased L. You said Western Women, the proper thing would have been to show the evolution of Eastern women.”First, I did show the evolution of Saudi women. Second, its ok to point out backwardness. Many times since I have moved here I have been in conversations about the Middle East because of my background. The conversations sometimes lead to discussions of what goes on in the “kingdom”. Many times the person has been to Saudi Arabia or had relatives who worked there. When I ask about what they think of the beheadings, amputations, women not being able to drive, forcing all women to be covered and escorted, using foreignors like slaves, the fact they can’t bring their bibles with them or wear a cross, and the fact that they are not allowed in certain cities and areas, they usually respond,“Well that’s their culture.” Well sorry, its misogynistic and backward, and we shouldn’t be afraid to say so. My husband likes to say that the pretensions of multculturalism and political correctness would break down if an Aztec was in the room asking for volunteers to help make the sun come up the next day. I agree.