I just saw her once, but Samar found out when she looked at my phone.
The incident (and the reaction it provoked) was a reminder of the intense restrictions that govern women’s lives there.
Despite recent steps towards equality, Saudi Arabia ranks as one of the “least-free” countries in the world, especially for women: it is illegal for them to travel or get married without the signature of a male guardian, they’re forbidden from interacting with men outside their immediate families, and–until recently–were imprisoned for driving*.
Some things are too insane for me to actually wrap my head around them, and Lindsay Lohan being the Queen of Saudi Arabia is way up at the top of the list.
But it’s a thing that could happen some day and we’re all just going to have to deal with that.
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