TRAITORS BEHIND THE WHEEL – A reminder, if needed (the narrator: yes, it is sadly needed), that in many parts of the world women are facing somewhat bigger challenges that manspreading and manslpaining:
Saudi Arabia has widened its crackdown on women’s rights activists, bringing the number of arrests up to 11 people, according to human rights groups.
Since the sweep began on May 15, the detained activists, most of whom are women, have been branded “traitors” by pro-government news outlets and social media accounts, according to Human Rights Watch. Over the weekend, several state-linked newspapers published the names and photographs of those detained in what rights groups dubbed a “smear campaign“.
Those arrested reportedly include prominent women’s rights defenders who have long advocated for ending the ban on women driving, among them, Loujain al-Hathloul, Aziza al-Yousef and Eman al-Nafjan, along with Mohammed al-Rabea, an activist, and Ibrahim al-Modaimeegh, a human rights lawyer. They may face charges for “suspicious contact with foreign parties” and undermining “stability,” according to the Presidency for State Security, an office which reports to the king.
This is a worrying hiccup for Saudi Arabia’s new reformist image. The modernising Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman might not have been assassinated in a coup attempt but perhaps the local conservative backlash is proving stronger than expected.
In the United States, meanwhile, the uber-feminists of Women’s March have finally found the toxic masculinity they approve of, jumping to the defence of the ultra-violent and misogynistic MS-13 Latino gang:
I REFUSE to accept that interests of women are best represented by a group which includes Sharia advocates, anti-Semites, former terrorists, and now defends one of the most violent and repulsive gangs that uses rape as a weapon.
— Arthur Chrenkoff (@TheDailyChrenk) May 22, 2018