Saudi Arabia Bans ‘Tomboys and Gays’ from Schools

Emirates 24/7 reports that public schools in Saudi Arabia have been ordered by the government to bar "tomboys and gays":

SaudiarabiaThe Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, the most feared law enforcement authority in the oil-rich country, has been asked to enforce the new orders, Sharq Arabic language daily said.

“Instructions have been issued to all public schools and universities to ban the entry of gays and tom boys and to intensify their efforts to fight this phenomenon, which has been promoted by some websites,” it said.

The paper did not make clear who issued those instructions but said gay and tom boy students can go back to schools and universities if they prove they have been corrected and have stopped such practices.

It said high-level orders have been issued to the Commission to immediately enforce the new rules and to step up efforts to combat this phenomenon and other “unacceptable behavior” in public places.


  1. pierre says

    I worked in Saudi. Interesting that Obama and Harper cannot admit Cuba to the gp that met this w/e because Cuba is not allowing free elections and the practice of human rights/ democracy. Yet neither Canada or the US have any problem doing business with the Saudis — or Putin, or China or some of the other dictator states. Sad commentary about the prostitution of our souls for money — while claiming to defend human rights/ values

  2. johnny says

    This is such a “gray area” I’m not sure how you’d even enforce it. There are all kinds of gender traits along the spectrum, where does butch begin and neutral end?

    So advanced in so many ways but so backward in others.

  3. Dan Cobb says

    Here’s the deal: there is no more primitive place in the world than the Arab world.
    P r i m i t i v e –even the people in Papua-New Guinea and the Brazilian rain forest think it’s odd and primitive to have women wear burlap bags from head to toe. To forbid women from leaving their house without a male relative. To forbid women to drove. . . to…. you name it, the list goes on. Primitive. Primitive. Primitive.

  4. Dan Cobb says

    Pierre, you are so right. The US has become the whore of Babylon. Everything in this country is a commodity, even the citizens of the country are simply objects from which to make money. It is so profoundly corrupted to the core, that most Americans cannot see how depraved we have become as a country.

  5. ratbastard says


    Why? Answer: The Saudis have oil. Lots of oil. And if you say Canada has lots of oil [as does the U.S., actually] trade partners and allies, especially the Europeans, need M.E. [and Russian] oil. And the U.S./E.U. want to prevent China getting access to cheap, plentiful oil from the M.E. and elsewhere. That’s what all these wars are about. Denying China access, in an attempt to bankrupt them through sky-high energy costs. China’s energy costs are already far higher than Americas, and their business model is on the verge of collapse because of th eir very high energy costs.If your trade partners go down, you go down with them.

  6. anon says

    With all that oil money the Saudi’s have the ‘luxury’ of indulging in their own moralistic fantasies, but it’s really a nation full of hypocrites of the worst sort.

  7. lukebrux says

    In a country that kill women for talking with men outside the family, that has a penal code who forecast mutilations, blinding and corporal punishments till dead it’s not a big penalty to exclude gays from schools. The day they will loose oil they will all starve alone in the desert, I just hope to live till that.

  8. Rick says

    I like the order, IF it is intended to eradicate effeminate behavior of the sort that the “gay” culture of the West represents and has tried to spread. And I am assuming that is the case in this instance, since this is apparently a new phenomenon.

    Go ahead and call me names and attack me personally, but the reality is that homosexuality will never be accepted in any society if it is coupled with effeminate, “gay” behavior–and the fact that this is a new phenomenon only demonstrates that that behavior is, indeed, a cultural construct–and one of the many aspects of Western culture that many outside the West find so unappealing and hate the West for trying to impose on the rest of the world.

    Most Arab men are functionally bisexual–as I have learned from direct experience–and in a lot of ways, that is a much more attractive set-up than the black/white “gay”/”straight” paradigm of the West, which discourages most men and boys from exploring sex with each other because doing so has a connotation of unmanliness.

    I certainly am not saying that the Arab way is the right way…..but there is a happy medium between the way they do things and the situation that exists in the West…..and that happy medium is what we need to aim for.

  9. Symon says

    I’m not sure I see the connection between anti-gay bigotry and so-called effeminate behavior. As far as I can tell, the only straight people who are still clinging to anti-gay sentiments are those who don’t know, don’t associate with, or interact with those that I guess fall into the effeminate side of the wide spectrum.

    At least that’s my experience. The whole “effeminate men are why gays aren’t accepted” seems more like a baseless complaint from those who aren’t out yet. Sorta like how people who’ve never been to pride parades continue to insist that pride parades are the reason bigotry exists. Bigots don’t go to pride parades.
    It seems, more and more, that the reason ant-gay bigotry exists is because of gay conservatives – after all, they’re the ones who are apparently interacting with straight conservatives, and yet haven’t had any success at all in getting those straight conservatives to favor equality for gay people. It can’t be the fault of liberals or effeminate gay men that straight conservatives don’t care about gay people – clearly the non-effeminate gay conservatives in their own lives are so unimpressive that they are in fact the reason that conservatives don’t support gay people.

  10. jack says

    @gregoire: it is simply nonsense to compare any US State, even Ala and Miss to any Muslim state.Islam is the only major religion that has not yet been defanged.

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