|Source - National Geographic (October 1987)|
That the kingdom has been using PR agencies worldwide to enhance its image is now a known fact, and as the cute The Economist cover shows - a woman wearing a niqab with her eyes in the shape of car wheels - calling it a "revolution" has gotten some educated people I know unfazed.
I lived in Saudi Arabia in the early oughts, and whereas I am not here to defend its regime, I also know that women driving is a big thing. Any change in that ticking bomb of a place where more than 50% of the population is young and has had access to archaic education and is little prepared for the demands of the market. Has there been a hypocrisy about things? Of course there has - National Geographic published a photo of a woman driving a truck in the desert in 1987. Don't believe me? Please check the image above!