"Women may soon be given the vote in Saudi Arabia, or something like it," writes Gulf Reporter:
The Guardian reports that "It is believed both men and women will be given the opportunity to vote" in upcoming municipal elections, according to the Saudi embassy in London.
While the elections represent a first for the country, they are little more than a token move in the right direction. As my sometime colleagues atGulf States Newsletter have written in the past, votes will be used to elect only half the members of the municipal councils . . .
In future, however, such a move could prove important, depending on the course of reform in the Kingdom. Of course, there are some strong cultural prejudices to overcome. As The Guardian points out, "Among the arguments used against women's participation is that menstruation could cloud their political judgment."
We've heard arguments like that before, but we never let it hold us back. In our experience, especially when it comes to politics, the average man is at least as emotionally engaged as the average woman. To our Saudi sisters we say "You go, girls!"