Saudi Women's Gyms Banned

Don't expect Saudi women to look toned beneath their abbayas: The Saudi government will likely shut down dozens of unlicensed women-only gyms after leading Saudi clerics condemned the gyms as places of "shamelessness" and argued that they'd tempt women to leave their homes and neglect husband and children. The Guardian reports that the country's general sports and youth organization is responsible for men's gyms but has not been allowed to regulate women's gyms, which means that women's gyms are unlicensed and therefore illegal. But change may be on the way: Although Saudi women can't find a place to exercise, they may be allowed to vote--for the first time ever--in upcoming municipal elections.