Texas, Living the Reverse Saudi Arabia

Texas-Saudi woman driver

So I’m in Texas at the moment where you basically can’t get around without a car. There just isn’t any public transport to speak of. Unfortunately I don’t have a driving license so my wife has been driving me around. So considering the situation in Saudi, I thought I’d pen some thoughts on being utterly dependent on one’s spouse for mobility, like women are in Saudi Arabia.

1. It’s amazing at first. I’ve only been here for week, but it was super fun for the first few days. She was driving me around, I was relaxing, it was great.

2. We have to go everywhere together. If she wants to do something without me, I’m stuck at home, or she has to drop me off somewhere else. If I have somewhere to be, she has to drive me. It’s inconvenient and it’s also starting to be annoying for in terms of scheduling.

3. If we didn’t have a great relationship I’d be absolutely screwed. I wouldn’t be able to even leave the house. If we had a dispute about the child or anything she could just drive off and I’d be done.

4. If she leaves the house without me I’m trapped until she comes back. I can’t go to a corner store even.

5. Taxis are an option but they are pricey as hell.

I’m sharing this not to complain (life is peachy) but I’ve never really experienced the reality of lack of mobility before. So I wanted to note my observations of it – and it’s brought home how important it is to be mobile.

 

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Elliot Friedland
Elliot Friedland is a research fellow at Clarion Project.