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No Woman, No Drive

No Woman, No Drive

Comedian Hisham Fageeh’s satirical play on Bob Marley’s ‘No Woman, No Cry,’ which has inspired contentious responses, ridicules justifications offered by ban supporters, such as the argument that driving damages ovaries. Female protesters in Saudi Arabia are driving publicly and posting videos and photos online.


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2013, 10:59 AM
The a cappella song features duplicated and layered vocals, along with a ‘Brady Bunch’-like visual representing the different versions of Fageeh.


“No Woman, No Drive,” a satirical tune performed by comedian Hisham Fageeh, lampoons Saudi Arabia’s ban on female drivers while featuring a ‘Brady Bunch’-like visual representing the different versions of Fageeh singing.

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A controversial law banning Saudi Arabian women from driving is now drawing laughs around the world thanks to a hit new song in both the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.

“No Woman, No Drive,” a satirical tune playing on Bob Marley’s “No Woman, No Cry” lampoons the Islamic kingdom’s ban on female drivers and the justifications offered by it backers.

Wearing a ghutra headdress and robe, comedian Hisham Fageeh duplicates and layers his a cappella vocals. One version of himself uses a scratchy beard as a rhythmic shaker.


“Say I remember when you used to sit, in the family car, but backseat,” he begins. “Ova-ovaries all safe and well, so you can make lots and lots of babies.”

The YouTube video has been seen more than 5.4 million times since its posting on Saturday and is the most watched video in Saudi Arabia. Not all viewers have realized it is being satirical, however.


The YouTube video has been seen more than 5.4 million times since its posting on Saturday and is the most watched video in Saudi Arabia. Not all viewers have realized it is being satirical, however.

Fageeh goes on to sing about women being better off staying home to cook as subtitles are provided in both English and Arabic.

As of Tuesday, it’s the most-watched YouTube video in Saudi Arabia.


It’s been viewed more than 5.4 million times since its posting on Saturday — the day a campaign was launched in Saudi Arabia to encourage female drivers abroad.

The protesters argue the ban should be rescinded, but government officials say it is necessary because of the conservative Islamic kingdom’s beliefs.

Fageeh sings: ‘Ova-ovaries all safe and well, so you can make lots and lots of babies.’ The lyrics may sound shocking but they're actual arguments against female drivers.


Fageeh sings: ‘Ova-ovaries all safe and well, so you can make lots and lots of babies.’ The lyrics may sound shocking but they’re actual arguments against female drivers.

Viewers had strongly mixed reactions to the video.


“Love it!” wrote viewer Frau Fofo, “especially after having lived in Saudi for 4 years and not being able to drive myself.”

One viewer who slammed the creator as a bigot changed his tune after being told by another YouTube user that the creator was mocking the Saudi government and didn’t actually believe what he was singing.

“Really? Didn’t know. Knowing how close minding some men are in the middle east it wouldn’t have surprised me if it was,” wrote Lambeflores.




Saudi Arabian women are currently protesting by driving around publicly while photographing or filming themselves for videos uploaded online, like this woman seen here.


Fageeh’s suggestion that women’s ovaries are unsafe behind the wheel of a vehicle, however, are not actually off base from what at least one conservative Saudi Arabian cleric has claimed.

Sheikh Saleh bin Saad al-Lohaidan, a judicial adviser to an association of Gulf psychologists according to Reuters, argued women need to put “reason ahead of their hearts, emotions and passions.”

“If a woman drives a car, not out of pure necessity, that could have negative physiological impacts as functional and physiological medical studies show that it automatically affects the ovaries and pushes the pelvis upwards,” he told

“That is why we find those who regularly drive have children with clinical problems of varying degrees,” he added.

Saudi women are continuing their protest by driving in public and posting photographs or videos online.

Dozens of such videos have turned up on YouTube since despite threats by the government and police.


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10 Big Differences Between Men’s and Women’s Brains

10 Big Differences Between Men’s and Women’s Brains
Jun 16th, 2009.By Amber Hensley

The differences between women and men are not only well-documented, but frequently at the heart of jokes, anecdotes, and good-natured (and not so good-natured) ribbing. Experts have discovered that there are actually differences in the way women’s and men’s brains are structured and in the way they react to events and stimuli. So the next time your wife, boyfriend, or parent starts telling you how you should have done something differently, then refer back to these big differences between men’s and women’s brains.

1.Human relationships. Women tend to communicate more effectively than men, focusing on how to create a solution that works for the group, talking through issues, and utilizes non-verbal cues such as tone, emotion, and empathy whereas men tend to be more task-oriented, less talkative, and more isolated. Men have a more difficult time understanding emotions that are not explicitly verbalized, while women tend to intuit emotions and emotional cues. These differences explain why men and women sometimes have difficulty communicating and why men-to-men friendships look different from friendships among women.
2.Left brain vs. both hemispheres. Men tend to process better in the left hemisphere of the brain while women tend to process equally well between the two hemispheres. This difference explains why men are generally stronger with left-brain activities and approach problem-solving from a task-oriented perspective while women typically solve problems more creatively and are more aware of feelings while communicating.
3.Mathematical abilities. An area of the brain called the inferior-parietal lobule (IPL) is typically significantly larger in men, especially on the left side, than in women. This section of the brain is thought to control mental mathematical ability, and probably explains why men frequently perform higher in mathematical tasks than do women. Interestingly, this is the same area of Einstein’s brain that was discovered to be abnormally large. The IPL also processes sensory information, and the larger right side in women allows them to focus on, “specific stimuli, such as a baby crying in the night.”
4.Reaction to stress. Men tend to have a “fight or flight” response to stress situations while women seem to approach these situations with a “tend and befriend” strategy. Psychologist Shelley E. Taylor coined the phrase “tend and befriend” after recognizing that during times of stress women take care of themselves and their children (tending) and form strong group bonds (befriending). The reason for these different reactions to stress is rooted in hormones. The hormone oxytocin is released during stress in everyone. However, estrogen tends to enhance oxytocin resulting in calming and nurturing feelings whereas testosterone, which men produce in high levels during stress, reduces the effects of oxytocin.
5.Language. Two sections of the brain responsible for language were found to be larger in women than in men, indicating one reason that women typically excel in language-based subjects and in language-associated thinking. Additionally, men typically only process language in their dominant hemisphere, whereas women process language in both hemispheres. This difference offers a bit of protection in case of a stroke. Women may be able to recover more fully from a stroke affecting the language areas in the brain while men may not have this same advantage.
6.Emotions. Women typically have a larger deep limbic system than men, which allows them to be more in touch with their feelings and better able to express them, which promotes bonding with others. Because of this ability to connect, more women serve as caregivers for children. The down side to this larger deep limbic system is that it also opens women up to depression, especially during times of hormonal shifts such as after childbirth or during a woman’s menstrual cycle.
7.Brain size. Typically, men’s brains are 11-12% bigger than women’s brains. This size difference has absolutely nothing to do with intelligence, but is explained by the difference in physical size between men and women. Men need more neurons to control their greater muscle mass and larger body size, thus generally have a larger brain.
8.Pain. Men and women perceive pain differently. In studies, women require more morphine than men to reach the same level of pain reduction. Women are also more likely to vocalize their pain and to seek treatment for their pain than are men. The area of the brain that is activated during pain is the amygdala, and researchers have discovered that in men, the right amygdala is activated and in women, the left amygdala is activated. The right amygdala has more connections with areas of the brain that control external functions while the right amygdala has more connections with internal functions. This difference probably explains why women perceive pain more intensely than do men.
9.Spatial ability. Men typically have stronger spatial abilities, or being able to mentally represent a shape and its dynamics, whereas women typically struggle in this area. Medical experts have discovered that women have a thicker parietal region of the brain, which hinders the ability to mentally rotate objects–an aspect of spatial ability. Research has shown this ability in babies as young as 5 months old, negating any ideas that these abilities were strengthened by environmental influences.
10.Susceptibility to disorders. Because of the way men and women use the two hemispheres of the brain differently, there are some disorders that men and women are susceptible to in different ways. Men are more apt to have dyslexia or other language problems. If women have dyslexia, they are more likely to compensate for it. Women, on the other hand, are more susceptible to mood disorders such as depression and anxiety. While handedness is not a disorder, these brain tendencies also explain why more men are left-handed than are women. Men are also more likely to be diagnosed with autism, ADHD, and Tourette’s Syndrome.