If the only country in the world that still bans women from driving were to change its rules, there would be “a surge in prostitution, pornography, homosexuality and divorce.” Within 10 years of the ban being lifted, the report claimed, there would be “no more virgins” in the country
It seems like someone is implying that if you let women drive, it’s only a matter of time before they’ll want to marry the people they love, leave the relationships that aren’t working for them, and the culture will begin to see the things that spontaneously happen after equal rights are bestowed upon the other half of the population.
In one context the words in the canoe article could be taken to imply that there would be a loss of something valuable if these things were to happen.
In that context, it is true. There will be a down side to some of it (the loss of privilege, influence and an easier life for those who are told to give these things up) and an upside to some of it (the collective new influence of half the population participating as equals in a culture). This will change things because granting liberty to women is past the tipping point for which liberty will be demanded for all people.
When women are given the right to divorce their husbands, they will leave them. When the most qualified person gets a job regardless of their gender, gay people gain the right to exist within that culture. Cultures advance when they accept that men and women are the same species and effectively the same thing. The trivial division of innate worth based on gender, when brought to light, does seem to make all other divisions look equally trivial and rather pointless.
I think the academics are right, if you let women drive it’s only a matter of time before all people are going to want to be treated fairly.