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OUTRAGEOUS! Saudi Cleric Tells Women That Driving Will Damage Their Ovaries


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Cal
- 296 days ago - takepart.com
Ahead of another demonstration to further women's rights in the country, comes an odd warning.



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AniMae Chi (391)
Monday September 30, 2013, 4:28 am
O NO i've been driving for 40 years i must have squished ovaries & my pelvis must be fused to my chest! ; )

Signed the petition on the page;
222 million women today lack access to modern contraception
1,110 signatures of 3,000 goal
 

FranNOMAILPLS Darcy (213)
Monday September 30, 2013, 6:50 am
....Maybe I had 6 children because I cannot drive .....yes that has to be it...no squashed ovaries....
 

Natasha Salgado (511)
Monday September 30, 2013, 7:40 am
Unbelievable...i think driving is actually shrinking these idiots testicles.
 

Birgitta S. (221)
Monday September 30, 2013, 7:53 am
Natasha Salgado said it VERY WELL!!
 

Roger Skinner (14)
Monday September 30, 2013, 7:56 am
Has to be one of the most ridiculous things I've ever heard.
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Monday September 30, 2013, 8:11 am
Thank you for news. This is one of the most absurd claims that I've ever heard about.
 

Amy Fisher (10)
Monday September 30, 2013, 9:28 am
And you thought it was only Christian fundies in the US who were obsessed with lady parts. I think this guy must have been inhaling too many car fumes which affected his thinking.
 

Julie E. (316)
Monday September 30, 2013, 10:31 am
Sheesh!
 

Sally S. (105)
Monday September 30, 2013, 11:06 am
Appalling but not surprising. These paternalistic religious types (of any religion) drive me nuts. I think it's down to fear..The guys in Saudi are afraid of what would happen if women were independently mobile. Might just challenge their illusions of superiority!
 

caroline s. (78)
Monday September 30, 2013, 12:09 pm
It's so ridiculous, so absurd, so appalling, so stupid ..I don't know if I must laugh or cry ...

Pauvres minables, pauvres crétins }} :-((
 

Sharon F. (0)
Monday September 30, 2013, 12:24 pm
What activity did the air-head cleric participate in that damaged his brain, to cause him to make such a dumb comment. Another case of religion doing more harm than good.
 

Susan Hall-Amado (62)
Monday September 30, 2013, 12:35 pm
Albeit totally ridiculous, this is just another way for a religious fanatic to control women. I have heard so many idiotic statements regarding women from these fanatics. Women are treated as less than human without the cababilities of being able to think for themselves and of course, it is men from these radical religions that make these statements. I ask, what are they afraid of? Women should be cherished and treated with respect, not controlled...I truly believe that if women were in positions of power where these radical religions exist, there would be radical changes. I say, bring it on.
 

Janet G. (0)
Monday September 30, 2013, 12:47 pm
Unbelievably ridiculous!
 

Sherry Coleman (63)
Monday September 30, 2013, 1:22 pm
Such bullshit deserves no comment!
 

Allan Yorkowitz (452)
Monday September 30, 2013, 1:38 pm
Yes, and if you crack your knuckles too often, it can damage your spleen....
 

Karen Chestney (102)
Monday September 30, 2013, 1:46 pm
Interesting---manipulation through fear. also stupid thinking on a man's part.
 

Lynne Buckley (0)
Monday September 30, 2013, 2:55 pm
What an ignorant fool. Utter crap.
 

GGmaSheila D. (132)
Monday September 30, 2013, 2:58 pm
Just when I think I've heard it all...along comes this crap. Hope the women are smart enough to realize the lies they're being told.
 

Kate Kenner (202)
Monday September 30, 2013, 3:01 pm
Said just like a man who knows nothing about women and has the ability to make up stupid excuses to denigrate women.
 

Joanne Dixon (35)
Monday September 30, 2013, 3:04 pm
Well, this has certainly got to be news to soccer moms.
 

Shan D. (49)
Monday September 30, 2013, 3:06 pm
I hope that someday this jerk needs to be driven to the hospital because he's dying... and the only available person is a woman who tells him, "Sorry, I'm not allowed to drive, remember?"
 

Dianna M. (13)
Monday September 30, 2013, 3:11 pm
Yeah, if the ovaries are damaged, the female carrying them must be worthless, if she can't bear your seed to term . . .

Wow, and here I thought it was riding bicycles that damaged a woman's ovaries . . . or was it riding horses, I forget which. Or was it toilet seats? Oh, no, wait--that was venereal diseases. Silly me, I'm such a woman. Hey, did you know that air conditioning can freeze your brain? Or maybe just keep it from overheating from too much thinking. Which doesn't seem to be this cleric's problem. Has he been hanging around with any Republicans, does anybody know?

Am I ranting? I feel like I'm ranting.
 

Teresa Garcia (39)
Monday September 30, 2013, 3:11 pm
Sólo son pobres hombres machistas, que le temen al potencial poder de la mujer y quieren tenerla controlada. A PROTESTAR!
 

Colleen L. (2)
Monday September 30, 2013, 3:14 pm
Ditto to Natasha statement. Thanks Cal
 

valda p. (13)
Monday September 30, 2013, 3:15 pm
Silly old goat-that must be the reason he thinks this way- his mother drove a car and it has affected his mentality they are getting -desperate as they can see the -writing on the wall.
 

Birgit W. (140)
Monday September 30, 2013, 3:18 pm
It just shows the intelligence those creeps have.
 

Kit B. (277)
Monday September 30, 2013, 3:47 pm

The only way to allow all of these folks to be free of the insanity and cruelty is education, education and education for men, for women and for the children. We are beginning to see our share of crazy talk in the US, so we might think twice before throwing stones. Women can not have birth control covered by insurance, but boner pills are covered. Think about it.
 

Stan B. (123)
Monday September 30, 2013, 3:48 pm
Just when you think they can't get any madder they come up with this beauty.
 

A F. (129)
Monday September 30, 2013, 3:55 pm
Outrageous and just another drop in the bucket. Thank you for educating against this backward mentality. It must be stopped.
 

Carol D. (104)
Monday September 30, 2013, 4:07 pm
What will they think of next to stop women having some freedom
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (274)
Monday September 30, 2013, 4:11 pm
well said Kit
 

Suzan F. (143)
Monday September 30, 2013, 4:41 pm
Oh, jeez...I guess I'd expect nothing less from a Saudi cleric. I pray these women aren't stupid enough to believe that line of crap.
 

Phil P. (89)
Monday September 30, 2013, 5:15 pm
If this idiot was so concerned about women's health, he should tell Saudi women to expose their skin to sun light to avoid vitamin D deficiency. It's also proven that Saudi men are less fertile due to sitting on their asses while other do their work.
 

Aurea Walker (185)
Monday September 30, 2013, 6:25 pm
I am laughing and crying at the same time. The war on WOMEN is worldwide. We women in the USA have the voting rights less than a century. This Muslim cleric has had his turban knotted way too tight! His excuse is ignorance? I hope so. But hey ladies how about the moronic USA thug/ uglican ob/gyn who said that women do not get pregnant from rape? The woman's body knows to shut down and not get pregnant from being RAPED! A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL TO SAY AND BELIEVE THAT is equally as bad! Thank goodness he was voted out. But the list of morons regarding women's rights is long and populated by both men and women.
 

BMutiny TCorporationsEvil (467)
Monday September 30, 2013, 6:49 pm
'The medical studies the cleric refers to remain a mystery.

There's currently no law on Saudi books making it explicitly illegal for women to drive—but only men are granted licenses. And women who are found to be driving can be arrested and charged with politcal protest.

Still, many women who spend time abroad, or are secretly taught by their husbands, know how to drive a car.

The organization, Oct26Driving, states, "There is no justification for the Saudi government to prohibit adult women citizens who are capable of driving cars from doing so." The site's online petition, which calls for the state to lift its ban, has already gained over 12,000 signatures.

King Abdullah is reportedly focused on reforming women's freedom in Saudi Arabia, but his reforms have come slowly. He still hasn't addressed the issue of granting women driver's licenses, but it's possible that October's demonstration will leave him with little choice.'
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Go to the Site, and there is a LINK to an ON-LINE PETITION.
The Petition is IN ARABIC - but there is a LINK to an ENGLISH TRANSLATION.
[The Petition, however, is not in English.]
There is a space to sign, and I take it that it's also for non-Saudis.
When I signed, it had 12, 473 signatures.
[The Petition in translation mentions, that there is nothing in the Koran that prohibits women from driving!]

Saudi Women, especially the well-off ones, and their children, both spend time abroad, and have access to the Internet. They KNOW what's going on in other countries! And they KNOW and SEE Women driving, without veils, being Independent... Word DOES GET AROUND. Nobody is isolated these days, except maybe in extremely rural villages off-the-beaten-track...
It's the LAWS that are backwards, and the Power Structure enforcing those laws...
As Aurea says, same problem HERE...
 

Gina Caracci (231)
Monday September 30, 2013, 6:56 pm
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
OMG!
 

Phil Hanson (17)
Monday September 30, 2013, 7:14 pm
The Saudi equivalent of Pat Robertson. Perfect!
 

pam w. (191)
Monday September 30, 2013, 7:23 pm
Here's the thing....anyone who believes you can murder an infidel and go immediately to a paradise where 70 virgins attend to your every need is going to be totally lacking in REASON and even COMMON SENSE.
 

Gina Caracci (231)
Monday September 30, 2013, 7:39 pm
After I finished laughing, I was horrified to realize that many of these women WILL believe it...
OMG
 

jess b (22)
Monday September 30, 2013, 8:48 pm
yes, like so many other women have believed the claptrap they've heard for years.
It takes a long time to get to the place, where some women, not all, are today.
Macho/paternalistic attitudes, etc., are still common in the world. I see it and you don't have to look hard!
It's in the media, t.v., and part of culture, though people have become immune to it, to a degree, since there has been a lot of progress, relatively speaking, in representing women and social change.
It was not long ago, either, that men were also expected to meet the cultural roles expected of them.
They may not have worried about their ovaries, but they certainly were fed a bunch of expectations and fairy tales, too.
It doesn't matter, if the idea is it's the ovaries, or anything else - women's liberation still has a long way to go.
I could laugh at some of the things men used to be told to keep maintain their sexual prowess.
 

pam w. (191)
Monday September 30, 2013, 10:24 pm
Yes...well.....here's the second thing. Women in the west still struggle for equality in compensation and reproductive rights. BUT...(ENORMOUS "but") we are LIGHT YEARS away from women in Muslim countries.

Our genitals aren't mutilated....we can vote.....our testimony in court is equal to that of a man....we can drive....we can report being raped without fear of being stoned, lashed or imprisoned, we can be educated, we can initiate divorce, we can obtain custody of our children, we can travel alone, etc.

 

Alexandra Rodda (176)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 12:00 am
This bit of advice from this sagacious cleric needs to be taken with a large grain of salt. It is an indication that all his statements and beliefs should be taken with large grains of salt.
Such a display of shameless ignorance really does deserve to be in the media and acknowledged everywhere!
 

. (0)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 2:30 am
𝕳𝖆𝖍𝖆𝖍𝖆!!! 𝖙𝖍𝖆𝖙'𝖘 𝖌𝖔𝖔𝖉 𝖋𝖔𝖗 𝖆 𝖑𝖆𝖚𝖌𝖍~~~ 𝕿𝖍𝖆𝖓𝖐𝖘 𝕮𝖆𝖑!
 

Julie W. (20)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 2:52 am
I'm gobsmacked! I doubt if he really believes this, it's just an excuse to keep women down.
 

Anna Undebeck (203)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 5:57 am
Unbelievable!
 

Emma S. (221)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 6:23 am
Pledge signed - thanks, Cal.
 

Rehana VN (0)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 9:10 am
This cleric definitely suffering from BRAINLESS SYNDROME bcos his brain is in his rear end! This is PRE-ISLAMIC tradition & culture, still rife & alive & everyone associates it with Islam! Nothing to do with the religion but everything to do with Wahabi sect's stupid ways.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 12:57 pm
PATHETIC!!!!!, I CAN'T FIND THE WORDS TO EXPRESS HOW I FEEL RIGHT NOW.

WE WOMAN MUST DO ALL WE POSSIBLE CAN TO BE FREE US OF THIS SUFFOCATING AND CONTROLLING MISERABLE MAN AROUND THE WORLD.

THAY FEAR US SOOOO MUCH!!!!
 

Peta Clarke (23)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 5:23 pm
Interesting beyond words.
 

. (0)
Saturday October 26, 2013, 11:47 am
these women have suffered FGM and endured major, level III mutilation. it is amazing that they can still fight back.
 

A F. (129)
Wednesday March 5, 2014, 8:40 pm
Ovaries are nicely contained in their own cushiony "floatation device". ;)

If anything those poor, delicate testicles, all exposed and swinging around, too big for their britches apparently, should probably be cared for and not allowed in any vehicles. :P
 
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