Femme Feed | Why Women in Saudi Will Just Now Be Able to Drive

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When you begin to scan the opening lines of this article you may think, “oh heavens, I’ve suffered a time warp.” Allow us to reassure you, you have not. Today, the 26th of September, 2017, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has finally lifted its laws on women’s driving privileges. As of this coming June, women in Saudi will be allowed to obtain drivers licenses.

The decision seems to have been made as somewhat of a PR move by a country hoping to redeem their reputation the world over. Due to the international pressure Saudi has received regarding the ban on women’s freedom to drive and its needy economy — women’s participation in the workplace will better their economical value. While the concept of having a chauffeur might sound just absolutely luxe to us, when it’s at the forfeit of your own independence it’s no longer a luxury but a prison cell on wheels. Women in Saudi are also not allowed to take public transportation or travel without a “guardian”. What is this chaperone you might ask? A male family member to first allow you, and then to escort you wherever you might want to go. This role can be filled by a brother, son, husband, or most frequently a father.

A little bit of background:

The history of the laws are rooted in what is called Wahhabism: a regression back to the purest form of Islamic culture which supports segregating genders in places like shopping malls, the veiling of women, and the illicit socializing of the sexes. The propaganda of women conforming to these laws runs deep, including commercials of young girls singing about how as females they are not made for driving but for keeping up the home. in 2013 Jamie Kucinskas, a teacher of religion and society at Indiana University told The Atlantic “The incident catalyzed a moral campaign meant to reinforce the feminine ideal of a pious, secluded wife and mother.”

Femme Feed | Why Women in Saudi Will Just Now Be Able to Drive, NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Saudi Arabia, Islamic State, Women's rights, women in Islamic Culture, Hijab, Can Islamic Women Drive, News, Feminism, Manal al-Sharif, Government, Politics.
Image of Manal al-Sharif from Youtube, & National Geographic 1987

Back in 2011, female activist Manal al-Sharif posted a video on Youtube of herself driving a car. She claims the ban is “… a way to emancipate women…” and was arrested for this act. Women like Manal continue to speak up, and out, although at their own risk — the government does not take kindly to it. Manal was only freed due to international backlash.

It’s up to all of us:

Now, we don’t want to come off as mocking — any women’s movement success is shared by all of us, and Saudi’s female population is well-deserving of this triumph. The work of female activists to further women’s rights in the country have been tireless, and this step forward should be celebrated. The female population of this Islamic state are also forbidden from activities such as competing in sports unless they can wear their traditional dress, and swimming — there is still a long way to go for equality — but with the continual support from their sisters internationally we can further this fight along.

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Femme Feed | What You Need to Know About Trump’s Exit From The Paris Climate Agreement.

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STORIES FOR GIRLS IN THE KNOW.What You Need to Know About Trump's Exit From The Paris Climate Agreement. NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Obama, Trump, Leonardo DiCaprio, Elon Musk, Bernie Sanders, Paris Agreement, Climate Change, Global Warming, Obama Letter To Trump, Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, Politics, Feminism, News.A few months back, we can recall a slip of naiveté — a time just before the election of the now President Trump when the world tried to justify the possibility. For a moment many of us thought: maybe Trump is trolling these Republicans, and if elected will funnel efforts in the right direction. The ultimate manipulation, something we knew he was capable of. Our way of trying to make things orderly in our minds. However, the months have passed and Trump’s efforts to dissemble everything Obama built (in an almost obsessive manner) continue. The latest? On Thursday June 1st, Trump announced the United States will exit The Paris Climate Agreement and the U.N.’s Green Climate Fund.

What does this even mean?

Let’s start by what it even is. The Paris Climate Agreement was established in 2015 with strong efforts by former Pres. Obama to join its 195 participating nations in a common goal to combat climate change. Amongst these efforts is the Green Climate Fund which invests into low-emission and climate-resilient developments.
In choosing to remove the U.S. from the fight against global warming Trump only pushes his personal beliefs further, at the expense of our earth — he has publicly denounced the issue many times including calling global warming a “Chinese hoax” and saying “I believe in clean air… I don’t believe in climate change.”
He removes a huge power player in monetary, and organized efforts to forward this agreement. This leaves us in a place where each individual must take clean initiatives into their own hands. Organizations, and businesses able to push progress in funding these programs must now take responsibility where the government has failed.What You Need to Know About Trump's Exit From The Paris Climate Agreement. NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Obama, Trump, Leonardo DiCaprio, Elon Musk, Bernie Sanders, Paris Agreement, Climate Change, Global Warming, Obama Letter To Trump, Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, Politics, Feminism, News.

The backlash has already rippled through social media, and even Obama has released an open letter speaking to the detriment this exit will bring. Other leaders such as Justin Trudeau, and Angela Markel have also added their feelings towards the tension-filled move.  Further the new French President has extended an offer to leading American scientists, and  its public to continue to join them in working towards a solution. Trump doesn’t just ruin this for American’s, but for all nations involved.

The kicker?

This exit won’t take full effect until the year 2020 when Trump will be up for re-election. It looks to us as if he’s already planting seeds he hopes will satiate his next campaign’s support from like-minded individuals.

What we can do…

Individually we can help fight back. We’ve all heard it before, but now more than ever it’s time to trade in accessibility for action. The biggest ways to aid are things like taking public transit, biking, or walking instead of driving. Car-pooling (hey, Uber and Lyft) can also help you do your part. Mainly we must not forget: His own ignorance is only going to harm us now. Further, educating ourselves – as always – is the first step to creating change!

 

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Femme Feed: The Shallowness of Social Media

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You’ve more than likely heard about the fresh faced 18 year old Australian, Essena O’Neil, who traded in her filtered fame for some real talk. Though we may have been one of the very few not included in her half a million followers, her words sure hit home once they landed in our inbox.

The thing is, it has gotten real. We can feel it when we slide into bed, and succumb to that glowing blue. We promise ourselves it’s just to check off those red little notification bubbles, but it endures long after our eyes begin to droop. We find ourselves bored with what’s on our feeds, yet unwilling to part from them to seek further adventures. So, in 2015 how do we validate ourselves?

The French feminist, and intellectual Simone De Beauvoir once said, “One’s life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, and compassion”. We are so preoccupied tapping, swiping, and clicking we hardly give those around us, or ourselves the value that is truly deserved. It’s too often one has to wonder whether we will wish for all those minutes back that were spent on Snapchat instead of memorizing our loved ones faces, listening to their anecdotes.

It seems we’ve gotten a little lost along our journey to connecting virtual spaces. We are no longer giving the value of a catch of the eye over lunch, or a dedicated conversation without a the clutch of our iPhone under the table. We are seemingly only half in — waiting for our virtual life to fill us up. Instead we are carefully crafting a vague lifestyle to which people can subscribe at their own will. Without really any (also free the nipple already) barriers we have full reign to push the envelope with what we post be it the sexy selfie, the emotional-overshare, or a life of allure that is only rose colored in Instagram filters. Yet we don’t really gain anything tangible from all this. For some there is money yes. But for most, there is no heart-grasping connection, no learning, no broadening of horizons — just lots, and lots of bikinis. On social media, we strive for hundreds, thousands, only there’s no level of measuring satisfaction. The limit does not exist.

“It’s freeing when you don’t let numbers define you.” O’Neil said on her stance against the social zomby-ism. We are on the edge of our seats to see where the depth of social medias’ shallowness can plummet. Although we do not think the drastic hiatus is necessary in finding true value in our everyday lives, we do believe in seeing each social outlet for what it really is — not absorbing its effects into ourselves in attempt to confirm our own successes. Until then, we strive to empower, teach, and uplift our own followers.

Watch her full video below:

 

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