It is a well known fact that for the women of Saudi Arabia it is forbidden for them to drive. What is not so well known, is why they are prohibited to do so.
One Saudi cleric Saad al-Hijri, has stepped up to the plate and offered insight on why he thinks the prohibition exisits, and it’s downright laughable.
Apparently, according to al-Hijri women have a maximum of half of the brain capacity of that of a man, thus making it unsafe to have them on road.
As reported by Patheos:
Driving while female is a crime in Saudi Arabia, and one religious leader has justified the irrational rule by saying women’s brains shrink when they go shopping.
Saudi Arabian cleric Saad al-Hijri, who is the “head of the religious edicts department in the southern province,” made the comments during a lecture on the “evils of women driving” this week.
In a video… Hijri asked what the traffic department would do it if it discovered a man with only half a brain.
“Would it give him a license or not? It would not. So how can it give it to a woman when she has only half?” he said.
“If she goes to the market she loses another half. What is left? A quarter… We demand the traffic department check because she is not suitable to drive and she has only a quarter.”
If that’s a joke, no one in the video seems to be laughing.
For his comments, al-Hijri was suspended from leading any religious tasks for an unspecified amount of time. Saudi Arabia forbids controversial speech that doesn’t “serve the national interest,” and even government officials aren’t immune from that.
Although he has been reprimanded, the damage had been done once he decided to spread disinformation. No matter how outlandish his claims, there are sure to be individuals belive his lies who will suppress the rights of the women in their lives because of it.
The article continues:
In the meantime, he’s being mocked mercilessly on Twitter for his remarks. The BBC reports that “an Arabic hashtag that translates in English to ‘Al-Hijri says women have a quarter of a brain’ was used 119,000 times in 24 hours.”
I’m still trying to make sense of his remarks. Which half of the brain don’t women have? The left half? The right half? Various parts all over? Does he have any idea that the brain doesn’t function when parts of it (much less half of it) are just plain gone?
And what does he think happens when women go shopping? Where does that quarter of their brain go? It doesn’t disappear… so does it just… hide?
And if the myth about how humans only use 10% of their brain is correct, does that mean women who are shopping are only using 2.5% of a man’s brain?
He should’ve included diagrams during his lecture, is all I’m saying.
What are your thoughts on the matter? Do you think al-Hijri’s comments are damaging, or are they so outlandish that no one will take him seriously? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.
(Article By Tasha Sharifa)