Repetition. If you repeat a taboo or uncommon activity often enough… it loses its “taboo” label. It loses the shock value, and that is what these Saudi women are trying to achieve. To break the fear, break the taboo, make it “normal”. Smart.
In this video, a woman in Riyadh goes driving accompanied by a Sky Arabia reporter. While she is driving, she makes a valid point: The Saudi people adjust to whatever legislations are passed. They didn’t want schools: they got used to it. They didn’t want to wear seat belts while driving: a fine was implemented and they started wearing seat belts. Saudi salesmen, receptionists and cashiers were UNHEARD OF. Until companies started hiring and people got used to it. Even for guys it was a social taboo not to have a desk job. Speed limits: Saher was put on the streets and though many people protested and complained, they had to slow down to avoid being fined broke and the rate of speed-related accidents has gone down. Most recently, female cashiers and sales women was the latest hurdle that we’re getting over. Conclusion: We have a society of tantrum juveniles that don’t know what’s good for them. Like a child that has to be forced to bed before he gets too tired and sick, or prevented from eating the whole cake lest he get sick. BUT on the good side, this society, like a child, has an amazing ability to adjust and adapt to the new rules and changes.
Naturally I do not and cannot mean the entire Saudi society by this generalization. Just the ones that stuck stubbornly to the familiar, and have an allergy to embracing any kind of change, equating Change with Bad. They throw a tantrum and cause a loud fuss when anything happens that they don’t like. I still think those are a minority (again I refer back to my Theory of Moderate Silence). We do have a good amount of people that do embrace change, like my dear grandmother, who looks at anything new with wonder and curiosity and an eagerness to learn. Old people normally don’t do that.
So yeah, My message to anyone who’s reading who might have some sort of influence on this issue is as our dear lady driving in the video said: Pass on the laws, officially support women driving, those who will throw tantrums will throw them and then they will adjust.