Saudi Women (Sort Of) Free to Ride
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  • The sheltering of women is a recurrent feature in consanguineous societies. Few things are more important than insuring that the fathers of the children are members of the clan. Women aren’t supposed to go places where there is even a remote possibility of that happening. A corollary seems to be the unaccompanied females must be whores or creatures from another planet.

    For us in the West, where the customs of inbreeding disappeared centuries ago, such attitudes are inexplicable. But in their eyes we are naive. As indeed we are.

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