The 21st century might not be homogenous but please name me one other place on the planet where women can't drive, where women can't open a banking account, or where women can't enter a Starbucks or where there are public beheadings on Fridays
Actually name one other place that even comes close to that level of chauvinism and barbarism. That cynicism is not without merit.
To your second point, I was not talking about the specifics of Saudia Arabia, but rather the common idom of going "what centry is this" with respect to judging other cultures. People forget that western history is distinct from world history. And it feels a bit supremacist too - "Western culture is at X point, so everyone should be at X point"
The notion that history is a linear, unidirectional & inevitable march of progress is highly contestable (to say the least).