Just a few months ago, the Turkish government landed in some hot water after a deputy minister made an outrageous statement about Women's Place in Society, claiming that women shouldn't laugh in public. Now, in the world's worst competition, Turkey's president has really outdone his minister, claiming that men and women are inherently unequal. Hang on ladies, we're going for a ride.
At a summit on JUSTICE FOR WOMEN that took place in Istanbul, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who at this point is best known for insisting that he's not a dictator (he swears you guys), super helpfully explained that women are built for motherhood before really going to down on feminists. Behold, via AFP:
"Our religion (Islam) has defined a position for women (in society): motherhood," Erdogan told an audience of Turkish women including his own daughter Sumeyye.
"Some people can understand this, while others can't. You cannot explain this to feminists because they do not accept the concept of motherhood."
Yes, feminists are actually a coding error in womankind's baby-making programming. Also, Turkey, do you know this dude is running your country? Just checking.
He recalled: "I would kiss my mother's feet because they smelled of paradise. She would glance coyly and cry sometimes.
Yeah, I'm not even going to go down that rabbit hole. Jesus, Freud would have a fucking field day with this dude.
"Motherhood is something else."
He went on to say that women and men cannot be treated equally "because it is against human nature."
"Their characters, habits and physiques are different.... You cannot place a mother breastfeeding her baby on an equal footing with men.
Yep, it's official. Woman = mother.
"You cannot get women to do every kind of work men can do, as in Communist regimes.
"You cannot tell them to go out and dig the soil. This is against their delicate nature."
Um, these asinine sexist comments are against my delicate nature, to be honest. Also against my delicate nature (pats forehead with monogramed lace kerchief), springboard diving into a puddle of my own tears and maybe vomit, while yelling "WHY WON'T YOU ACCEPT YOUR DESTINY" at my own uterus, but that's basically what Erdoğan's comments make me want to do. So I'll be on my way now.
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