A Saudi Arabian man was arrested and executed last week for impersonating women, that incredibly fortunate class of Saudis. He was caught wearing a burqa, the only thing other than a niquab that women are allowed to wear in Saudi Arabia. The burqa is a dress that covers a woman from head to toe in order to hide her evil parts, which is her entire being, including her eyes, which can be so powerfully seductive in some cases as to render a man insensible. It is big and unshapely, making it so easy for a man to hide under that it is hard to know just how prevalent these crossdressers are. The Saudi Arabian government is cracking down as incidents of male crossdressing rise. Sources say this is due to the ease with which it can be accomplished. Also, the prospect of being treated like a female in an Islamic nation — for even just a little bit of time — is too tempting for many men to resist.
Abdul Mohamed Mahammed Ali Abdul, arrested in late January, was caught red-handed on the street because his burqa was just a tad too short. When too much of his leg showed, he began to be stoned to death by passersby and threw off the burqa to show he was really a man and therefore had no evil parts to hide, and so shouldn’t be stoned to death for not hiding them.
Unfortunately for him, it is also against the law to impersonate a Saudi woman — because of all the benefits they receive. In fact, it is a capital offense because of the intense religious feelings against men getting any of the usual perks that women get. (The strict penalty came in 1979 after an all-male, burqa-wearing protest.) Since it is so hard to catch a crossdressing man because the burka is so unshapley, they made the penalty of being caught very stiff as their only means of deterrent. The fear of reprisals is the only thing holding back most Saudi men from crossdressing on a regular basis. The only time a man may wear a burqa by law is to aid in perpetrating a terrorist attack. Many men sign up for these suicide missions just to escape their male prison.
Abdul Mohamed Mahammed Ali Abdul said the following in a statement before his decapitation: “It is very hard being a man and watching the women go around and get all the benefits. I am very ashamed to say I wanted some of those benefits! I am a human being, too, just like a woman is. I bleed as she bleeds. I just wanted to feel like I am a human being, instead of just this man thing at the mercy of the world around me. They have it so good! Are you surprised that I was envious and tempted? I feared death, but not as much as I feared living my entire life never tasting the delicious, joyous freedom of being a woman. May Allah forgive me.”
It is well-known that woman have special treatment and rights in Saudi Arabia. For example, they have a right to either walk or be chauffeured everywhere they go, whereas men must drive. They have a right to stay home and cook and clean for their husband, as opposed to men, who have to go out of the home to make friends and work and provide for themselves and their families. Additionally, women have the right to do what their husbands tell them to do. Saudi spokesperson Mohammed Mohammed Alaki said, “Women in our country don’t have to make any decisions or worry about anything. Their husbands make all the decisions. It is a very luxurious life our women lead. Without the burqa, a woman has to worry about how she looks and about being a unique individual in some way or being looked at by a man other than her husband. The burqa takes away all that worry. It takes away their individuality and makes them not have to be anything so they can experience the relaxing feeling of being worth less than nothing.”
An advocacy group supporting a Muslim man’s right to crossdress, the Islamic Crossdressers Society, released a statement: “Abdul Mohamed Mahammed Ali Abdul is a martyr. He is a victim of our society’s bigoted mentality. Why should a woman be the only one regarded to have evil, seductive qualities? My colleagues and I want to be considered evil and seductive, too. Why should women be the only ones to have the freedom to be compelled to dress in a burqa? A burqa is comfortable! And a man has a desire to rest once in a while from his life of independence and oppression, to don the burqa and go out of the house without having to decide where to go, and the peace of not being able to drive, but having to walk. It is a moral outrage to keep this from him! The burqa should be for everyone!”
Disclaimer: No politicians or Saudis were hurt in the writing of this article, nor were they actually even interviewed or quoted.
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