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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, over? [May. 3rd, 2009|06:40 pm]
Callicrates
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From an article about a clampdown on women's gyms in Saudia Arabia:

"Football and basketball are sports that require a lot of movement and jumping," Sheikh Abdullah al-Maneea, member of the official Supreme Council of Religious Scholars, said in a religious opinion published in Okaz newspaper Thursday.

He said such excessive movement may harm girls who are still virgins, possibly causing them to lose their virginity.

My brain is flatly refusing to process this. It's syntactically correct. All the pronouns and such agree. However, I cannot get my head around the distortion necessary for it to make sense.
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[User Picture]From: jklgoduke
2009-05-04 03:13 am (UTC)
This isn't as completely crazy as it seems. In some (insert appropriate adjectives like "ridiculously primitive" here) cultures, a woman has to be able to "prove" her virginity by bleeding at first intercourse. Engaging in active sports can apparently cause this first blood to be shed elsewhere, causing her to no longer be verifiably a virgin, despite, unquestionably by all reasonable measures, actually *being* a virgin.
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[User Picture]From: echoweaver
2009-05-04 08:12 am (UTC)
Well, OK, I can't deny that some cultures do this. But I'm not willing to pretend all cultural values are equally valid on this kind of subject. Not only is it incredibly demeaning, it's not even accurate. There are plenty of reasons a woman wouldn't produce measurable first blood, even if she jealously guarded her hymen until the right moment.
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[User Picture]From: callicrates
2009-05-04 04:30 pm (UTC)
I'm familiar with that custom and, well, I still think it's completely crazy. Even if I stipulate that being a virgin is an OK make-or-break criterion for a woman's worthiness as a bride, which I personally think is ridiculous, that's a particularly stupid way of going about it because of its utter unreliability.

I'll get off my soapbox now. This one just seemed too egregious to let pass without comment.
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