11 Aug '12, 4am

Saudi Arabia: Hooray for Female Olympic Athletes?

Saudi Arabia: Hooray for Female Olympic Athletes?

London 2012 marks the first time Saudi Arabian women are able to compete in the Olympics . Finally! 16-year-old Wojdan Shaherkani and 19-year-old Sarah Attar were chosen to be part of this historic first for their country and competed in judo and the 800 meter run, respectively. Although neither took home a medal, both young women have been the focus of plenty of international attention. Some view the mandatory inclusion of female athletes from all countries as major progress, while others are…well, let’s say less supportive. Both Shaherkani and Attar have been referred to as prostitutes on Twitter, as well as generally denounced by conservative Saudi Muslims –unfortunate, but not exactly surprising. You would think, however, that feminists and others fighting for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia would be thrilled. Although some are, a recent New York Times article highlight...

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