Turkish President Upstages Wedding to Trash Talk Birth Control

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Important tip for the brides-to-be out there: Be very careful whom you invite to your wedding, lest the president hijack your ceremony to deliver a lecture about the evils of birth control, like Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan did on Sunday.

You might remember that last month, Erdogan made headlines for saying that a woman's place in society is motherhood, period, full stop. Guess he didn't receive the unanimous nods of approval he wanted, so he doubled down in the middle of somebody else's wedding by suggesting that contraception in general was bad, bad, bad for the nation and the bride and groom should immediately begin producing babies. That's according to the New York Times:

As a witness to the newlyweds, the president urged them to have at least three children, and blamed contraception advocates for hindering the country's growth.

"For years they committed a treason of birth control in this country, seeking to dry up our bloodline. Lineage is very important both economically and spiritually," he said in a speech during the wedding ceremony.


And here I thought wearing a low-cut floor-length bright-white showstopper was the ultimate attention-seeking breach of wedding etiquette.

Said one of his critics, the Platform to Stop Violence Against Women's Ebru Kazanc: "He is actively stalling the process for women to obtain equal rights in this country." She added, presumably with a smile sharp enough to cut glass: "I don't think it's a coincidence that he made the comments about birth control just a day before his ex-ministers were being questioned about the corruption allegations against them."

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Felix's Foster Sister

Are men really that intimidated by women having anything remotely close to them career-wise? It just really grinds my gears that men feel that they have the right to tell a woman what to with her own personal life. What difference does it make what other people do as long as they aren't murdering or hurting people.

This guy would probably shit a brick if he knew I was a single 34 yr old professional woman who does NOT want children ever.