Saudi male guardianship is a form of slavery.

By: It’s me Louise

42-year-old Saudi surgeon remains single, against her will. Her father keeps turning down marriage proposals, and her hefty salary keeps going directly to his bank account.

Saudi feminist Wajeha al-Hawaidar describes male guardianship as “a form of slavery.”

“A Saudi woman can’t even buy a phone without the guardian’s permission,” said al-Hawaidar, who has been banned from writing or appearing on Saudi television networks because of her vocal support of women’s rights. “This law deals with women as juveniles who can’t be in charge of themselves at the same time it gives all powers to men.”

20 % — 4 million women over the age of 20 are unmarried in Saudi Arabia seen as too old to marry the result of the fathers decision to forcibly keep her single, a practice known as “adhl.”.

“Fathers cite adhl for a variety of reasons — sometimes because a suitor doesn’t belong to the same tribe, or a prominent enough tribe. In other cases, the father wants to keep the allowance that the government gives to single women in poorer families, or cannot afford a dowry.”

In the Saudi public school curriculum, boys are taught how to use their guardianship rights.

“Be jealous, beat her hands, protect her and achieve superiority over her,” reads page 212 of the Prophet Sayings textbook for 11th grade.


Saudi women are rebelling, suing and going under-cover on Facebook.

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3 Responses

  1. Unbelievable- isn’t it? And yet we can continue to have relations with these people because of oil and our Presidents past and present continue to hold hands with and bow down to the King!

  2. In the final paragraphs of Maggie Michael’s piece, Wajeha al-Hawaidar notes that the threat of being stoned to death continues to inhibit her options. This – really – is a “self-defense” issue now. As with wives in the US who kill their sleeping abuser spouses, this woman has the survival-level right, along with her sisters, to do as Betty Jean did to end her first marriage: return the threat. Let the Father try to go to sleep knowing his five daughters lurk nearby. Let every conversation he has with them begin and end with the Voice of Survival Level Consciousness. I have maintained since the rise of male backlash against Womens Liberation, that those who carry the future of the Human Race, likewise carry that ultimate instinct – in the face of elimination – to make the choices essential to survival. By the laws of the Universe, this father should be introduced to the fury known as Woman Scorned.

    • Let this be women’s new religion- kill or be killed!
      Just this week 7 UN persons were beheaded in Afghanistan because one pastor in Fl. burned a koran, somehow this is acceptable yet a woman defending herself anyway she can is not acceptable?
      These animals drive fear into our lives so perhaps women need to drive fear into the lives of those who oppress us in order to teach them to keep their hands off ?

      Imagine a cult that has us so intimidated that we dare not draw a picture of their leader mohamad for fear of being beheaded?
      Lorena Bobit is ny hero instead!


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