Due to my father’s job Saudi Arabia was a huge part of my life while I was growing up, and my subsequent interest in Islam, Arabic and the Near East means that I still have much interest in what is happening over there (my interest also stems from a natural concern for human rights).  Daniel Pipes has an excellent article on recent developments over there.  I do have one minor problem with the article, though, and it is a pet peeve of mine: using the word “gender” when you mean “sex”.  Gender refers to grammar and should be used when discussing writing or language, while sex is used for, well, everything else.  There is not, then, “gender studies” or “gender discrimination” but rather “sex discrimination”.  The term sexual harassment is about the only use of the word that I ever see done correctly.  I think that the battle is lost on this one, though, and there is no turning back.

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