Thanks Oprah, but I'm PROUD to be Saudi! :) sign now

As a representative of all Saudi women, I compose these lines defending the position of women in Saudi Arabia. After watching the episode regarding Saudi women's rights in their country, on the Oprah Winfrey show, I and many other Saudis have been extremely disappointed.

Oprah has been worldly known for bringing REALITY to people, for making them confront or recognize hidden TRUTHS in the world. Unfortunately, this episode has failed to do so; it has portrayed Saudi women as being captives, as being thoroughly controlled by men and as women who have no opinions, no rights, and no roles in their own country. Rania Al- Baz, the Saudi announcer, has maintained her career for several years; why would her husband suddenly harshly abuse her for appearing on television? It is obvious that he suffers from mental disorder; Mahmood Sa'ad, an Arabic interviewer, has confronted him with papers that prove some appointments he has been having with a psychiatrist. Even when he has been directly questioned about the reason he has acted in such a manner, he had no answer. Hence, Rania's husband has not harmed her for simply showing her face in front of cameras, but for reasons himself doesn't even know. Women in Saudi Arabia live in a condition completely contrary to what has been presented on the Oprah show. It is true that they have been deprived from some rights (driving, for instance) but they still sustain others; Saudi women MAINTAIN their last name after marriage, they even obtain all rights after divorce including child custody and alimony. Thus, Rania Al-Baz by getting divorced and having the custody of her children is not looked at as a "hero" by women of her country, but as a "victim" to psychological disease since what she has procured is NOT unusual, but normal according to Islamic law.
At last, every person, matter, and even COUNTRY has its negatives and positives; what have been viewed on this show are the negatives of a country whose citizens have a lot of respect for. Oprah brought facts, but presented them in a humiliating way; it is true that Saudi women are not allowed to drive (although they will soon be given that right), they do cover themselves from head to toe, and they are obedient to their men or in other words "guardians", but they still have an outstanding role in their country and has proven themselves in various fields. Dr. Al-Haza'a, a Saudi ophthalmologist, is one of the most successful women who has held many degrees and produced a complete encyclopedia. Alaa Al-Hathlool a twenty-three year old Saudi author, has composed a novel and has been interviewed on television discussing her novel. Mona Abo-Sleeman ,who holds a Ph.D. in English Poetry, has been an interviewer in a prosperous program for some years; and fortunately for those three ladies, who have appeared on screen, they have been attacked by neither their relations nor the media because they have the RIGHT to do so.

What has hurt me most about this episode is presenting (in a false reportage) Saudi women as preys in their own country and Oprah's declaration- after that reportage- of American women being blessed by living and being born in the United States. Well, as a matter of fact, I've always held my head high and have been truly PROUD to be Saudi!

So, some girls and I have decided to accumulate signatures as an objection for being offended by that particular episode. Are you with me people? Please take this seriously, show others that we have patriotism and that we stand up for our country!

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