The ongoing driving conflict stems from the kingdom's demanding interpretation of a strict branch of Islam, Wahhabism. The most conservative Muslim academics claim that allowing women to drive could unravel Islam civilization and, apparently, "damage women's ovaries!" (Now you can see why M.I.A. was so tempted to toy with this draconian ideal.) The catch is there's no specific law outright banning women from driving, but it won't allow them to get driver's licenses. These clever females, however, were licensed in other countries and were therefore, technically, free to do as they please.
Activist Aziza Youssef, a professor at King Saud University, told the Associated Press, he received 13 videos and "about 50 phone messages from women showing or claiming they had driven," but had no way of verifying them. A brief search through YouTube confirms plenty of Saudi women did, in fact, take to the wheel in the past 24 hours. Activist Al Sawyan confirmed she took to the streets, saying, "I just took a small loop. I didn't drive for a long way, but it was fine." One small loop for woman, one huge possibility for Saudi womankind. (AP)