Tomorrow, I can wake up and know that if I want to skate, I can. If I want to play basketball, I can play basketball. If I want to crash heads with my buddy in a little round of bumper cars… hell I can do that too. But for many people, such as the women of nations like Saudi Arabia, this freedom is nothing but a quixotic dream. As the internet has proven to be a haven for a multitude of movements, Saudi women too are fighting for their humanitarian rights, as made evident from a recent video that has gone viral.
Along with many visual puns in the music video, the underage driver serves as another absurd point the women of Saudi Arabia are trying to get across to their government.
The visuals come in the form of a cheeky music video for Saudi singer Majed el-Esa’s song “Hwages,” which translates to “Concerns.” The video follows as a group of veiled women enter a car, driven by a very incapable, but nonetheless eager driver. Along with many visual puns in the music video, the underage driver serves as another absurd point the women of Saudi Arabia are trying to get across to their government. As aforementioned, the video, which has already garnered over three million views on YouTube, features the women doing many of the acts that we in the West take for granted, such as shooting some hoops.
The video is chock full of hilarious tid bits, such as a couple of Trump supporting males overlooking the women doing normal activities in disgust. “Hwages,” ties into a deeper concern of guardianship troubling women in Saudi Arabia. Currently, women are required to have male permission and supervision with many normal tasks, such as flying, or even getting married. As a result, many women have signed a petition renouncing this act and have taken to social media to claim #IAmMyOwnGuardian, in spreading the movement around the world. Hopefully this movement, along with many likewise, can gain the traction needed in galvanizing the youth in making real change for the future of Saudi Arabia and all of its inhabitants.