Saudi Cleric doesn’t want women to drive

A Saudi Sheikh, Salah al-Luhaydan, has said that women in  Saudi Arabia shouldn’t drive for health reasons. He says doing so could have  negative health effects on their ovaries.

 As Reuters recently reported, Saudi women activists have begun  a new campaign to try and lift the regressive ban on female drivers in the Saudi  kingdom. A petition this group posted on its website outlines the groups aims,  that being, “If the state refuses to lift this ban on women, we call on it to  offer citizens its justifications for the ban. The state is not a father or a  mother and the citizens are not children.”
 Al Arabiya in turn today had a report which tells us that Sheikh Salah al-Luhaydan  has given some bizarre medical explanation for why Saudi women shouldn’t drive.

He claims that driving “could have a  reverse physiological impact. Physiological science and functional medicine  studied this side [and discovered] that it automatically affects ovaries and  rolls up the pelvis. This why we find for women who continuously drive cars  their children are born with clinical disorders of varying degrees.”

Surely this cleric won’t allow women to do what’s in the picture below.  That could really bugger them up.


He went on to say that women should  accordingly put “the mind before the heart and emotion and look at this issue  with a realistic eye. The result of this is bad and they should wait and  consider the negativity.”




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