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Turkish Deputy PM: Women Shouldn’t Laugh in Public

A Turkish deputy prime minister is taking a lot of heat after he declared that the country was in the midst of moral decay and corruption — because women laughed too much.

Minister Bülent Arınç gave a speech during the feast of Eid-al-Fitr, celebrating the end of Ramadan, in which he went on a long lecture about the nature of chastity, and the ways that a woman can “protect her chasteness” — including, among other things, not laughing, talking on cellphones, or driving cars.

Chastity is so important,” Arınç said, according to Hurriyet Daily News. “[The woman] will know what is haram and not haram. She will not laugh in public. She will not be inviting in her attitudes and will protect her chasteness.”

Other things that are forbidden include mobile phones and cars. “Women give each other meal recipes while speaking on the mobile phone,” Arınç said. “‘What else is going on?’ ‘What happened to Ayşe’s daughter?’ ‘When is the wedding?’ Talk about this face to face,” he said.

These comments only gave fodder to Arınç’s political enemies, many of whom are running against his party in the upcoming Turkish elections. “From now on, we will respond to all statements by Arınç by laughing,” tweeted Pervin Buldan, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputy parliamentary head.

[Hurriyet Daily News]
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