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“Women Are Not Equal to Men” –Life According to Turkish President

November 25, 2014

I suppose no one is surprised that the president of Turkey declared that men and women are not equal. Only mothers, not all women, have a special status in Islam, according to the Turkish president, making women in Turkey nothing if not brood mares:

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan set off a new controversy on Monday, declaring that women are not equal to men and accusing feminists of not understanding the special status that Islam attributes to mothers.

Addressing a meeting in Istanbul on women and justice, Erdogan said men and women are created differently, that women cannot be expected to undertake the same work as men, and that mothers enjoy a high position that only they can reach.

“You cannot put women and men on an equal footing,” Erdogan said. “It is against nature. They were created differently. Their nature is different. Their constitution is different.”

Erdogan added: “Motherhood is the highest position … You cannot explain this to feminists. They don’t accept motherhood. They have no such concern.”

Women sometimes don’t have a choice in motherhood, so to say that all feminists choose not to be mothers and therefore not respected by Islam is ridiculous. There are women out there who would love to be mothers but can’t. There are women who have become mothers and hate it. It appears that in Turkey’s version of Islam, women are no more than their uterus determines. So glad I don’t live in Turkey, but women in Turkey have already come out against this kind of simian content:

Lawyer and women’s rights activist Hulya Gulbahar said Erdogan’s comments were in violation of Turkey’s constitution, Turkish laws and international conventions on gender equality and didn’t help efforts to stem high incidences of violence against women in Turkey.

“Such comments by state officials which disregard equality between men and women play an important role in the rise of violence against women,” Gulbahar said. “Such comments aim to make women’s presence in public life — from politics to arts, from science to sports — debatable.”

Erdogan, a devout Muslim, often courts controversy with divisive public comments. He has previously angered women’s groups by stating that women should bear at least three children and by attempting to outlaw abortion and adultery.

Of course why bear 3 children? First only mothers get respect from Islam and then only mothers who bear at least 3 children? Can Erdogan please make up his mind? Now only women who bear 3 children and are not feminists are respected in Turkey? And how does one determine a feminist by her uterus? Is there an 8-ball in a woman’s body that tattles about her feminist status? If a uterus is enough to determine a feminist nature, then why does it need to even produce children? Only if a woman has 3 children she is protected?

Idiocy with feminism aside, the Turkish president has also declared that Muslims “discovered” (aka pillaged and plundered) “America” before the Europeans.

“Contacts between Latin America and Islam date back to the 12th century. Muslims discovered America in 1178, not Christopher Columbus,” Erdogan said. “Muslim sailors arrived in America from 1178. Columbus mentioned the existence of a mosque on a hill on the Cuban coast.”

Erdogan is not shy of making provocative statements, whether it’s about his political rivals, ethnic minorities or social media Web sites. His latest remarks are, in comparison, less incendiary.

They echo the research of a small coterie of scholars who believe there’s archaeological and documentary evidence of Muslims in pre-Columbian America. Erdogan is apparently citing the disputed work of Youssef Mroueh, an academic affiliated with the As-Sunnah Foundation of America.

In a 1996 paper, Mroueh referred to the presence of a mosque spotted by Columbus along the Cuban coast. “Columbus admitted in his papers that on Monday, October 21, 1492 CE while his ship was sailing near Gibara on the north-east coast of Cuba, he saw a mosque on top of a beautiful mountain,” writes Mroueh.

Most scholars insist the “mosque” mentioned was a metaphorical allusionto a striking land feature. There have been no archaeological discoveries of Islamic structures pre-dating Columbus’s arrival in the New World.

Mroueh, who is not listed as a historian at any institution of higher learning, suggests that explorers from Muslim kingdoms in West Africa made the same journey across the Atlantic from the Canary Islands well before the Italian seafarer did in the employ of the Spanish Crown.

 I get irritated enough when Christian Europeans spout about “discovering” America, which really amounted to a European form of biological warfare and a starvation of native populations, but now apparently followers of Islam did the same sort of thing? Barf. To say that Europeans discovered America is like saying Africa discovered Ebola. To say that followers of Islam discovered America is much the same, really it’s a slick convergence of patriarchal egoism to say that any country “discovered” America, as though an entire continent was lost until some Christians found it, or some Muslims found it. And by found, I do mean plundered.
So, I am not surprised that the Turkish president has equally obnoxious things to say about women. I am disappointed. Women don’t need a religious icon to tell them that they are important. Men literally wouldn’t exist without us, but it always has to come back to whether or not we are willing to reproduce? Is this more male anger about having to rely on someone else’s uterus to have a child? For uterus envy that translates to violent undertones, Erdogan receives the Asshole of the Week Award.
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