In Saudi Arabia, Driving Causes Ovary Damage

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As activists continue to push for the Saudi ban on women drivers to be lifted, Saudi clerics must find creative new scare tactics to keep women off the roads.

One conservative Saudi cleric, Sheikh Saleh al-Lohaidan, is leading the way with his comment:

“If a woman drives a car, not out of pure necessity, that could have negative physiological impacts as functional and physiological medical studies show that it automatically affects the ovaries and pushes the pelvis upwards,” Sheikh Lohaidan said, not citing any studies to back up his claims (spoiler alert: there aren’t any).

“That is why we find those who regularly drive have children with clinical problems of varying degrees.”

As one of the 21 members of the Senior Council of Scholars, Sheikh Saleh al-Lohaidan is able to advise the government and write religious edicts. The influential conservative is known for his opposition to reforms that increase freedoms for women, so it’s no surprise he’s against the latest campaign to lift the driving ban.

As of now, only men are permitted to acquire driving licenses in Saudi Arabia and women caught driving can be punished through fines and arrests (which isn’t too bad for Saudi Arabia, the land of beheading). Activists have been trying to end the Islamic kingdom’s male-only driving rules for decades now. The latest campaign, which has spread throughout the social media world, calls for women to defy the driving ban on October 26 – if, of course, they want to risk damaging their ovaries… from the severe beating Sheikh Saleh al-Lohaidan will give them when he catches them driving.

Via: NBC News

One Response to “In Saudi Arabia, Driving Causes Ovary Damage”

  1. Randall Gilling
    September 30, 2013 at 1:13 pm #

    OMG is this actually all true? So ridiculous…

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