The Saudi Arabian women may have been allowed to vote for the first time this Saturday, but there's still a long way to go before they can step out of their restricted lives. Here are the 6 obnoxious things they still can't do!
#1 They aren't allowed to drive a car. Yes, sadly, it's true! It isn't by law but their religious beliefs forbid it. However, in 2011, a group of Saudi women did organize a campaign called Women2Drive, which encouraged women to disregard the same and post images and videos of themselves driving on social media. It wasn't much of a success though.
#2 They aren't allowed to interact with men. Well, this one's kind of a no-brainer. Saudi women are supposed to limit their interaction with men they aren't related to. Unlawful mixing leads to criminal charges being against both men and women, with women obviously being subjected to a tougher punishment.
#3 They aren't allowed to wear clothes or make-up that 'shows off their beauty'. Saudi women have a dress code governed by the Islamic law. Most women wear an abaya—a long black cloak—along with a head scarf when in public. Women who wear too much make-up are too subjected to a lot of criticism.
#4 They aren't allowed to go anywhere without a chaperone. The Saudi women are always accompanied by a mahram (a male guardian) every time they leave their house for anything and everything! And it's not just any random person from the male species; it's very often a relative.
#5 They aren't allowed to try on clothes when shopping. "The mere thought of a disrobed woman behind a dressing-room door is apparently too much for men to handle," remarked writer Maureen Dowd in A Girl's Guide to Saudi Arabia.
#6 They aren't allowed to go for a swim! We really don't wanna elaborate on this one… If they aren't allowed to try on clothes, how can they even put on a swimsuit and go for a swim?!