Women Must Breastfeed Men in Saudi Arabia to Prove Non-Sexual Relationship UPDATE



saudi arabian woman breastfeed
Flickr photo by retlaw snella
I'm just trying to wrap my head around this.

UPDATE -- According to the BBC, the fatwa has been denounced, then retracted. Hopefully, that will be the end of this craziness.

Women already can't make any decisions without a male guardian, and the sexes are banned from mixing with each other, but a new fatwa forces women to breastfeed men they come into contact with on a regular basis so the men will then be considered "relatives."

Listen, I know we have weird laws here. I know it's illegal in Oklahoma to get a fish drunk but this one seems completely aimed at humiliating women. Not to mention unbelievably unrealistic.

Twodaymag at Open Salon does a fantastic job at eviscerating this new law (which also has two high-profile sheiks arguing over whether the man must suckle the breast or the lady can pump into a glass -- no, really) but here are a few of the main things that jump out at me.

  • So you don't want anything sexual going on, and you force a man to put his mouth on a woman's breast? Who didn't get the memo that heterosexual men like boobies?
  • Clearly someone also missed their human bio class and does not understand that women don't lactate their entire lives.
  • If you already force women to ask permission from their husband, father, uncle or even their son before they go to a doctor's appointment or walk outside, why not just force women to breastfeed any man on demand? What's the difference?


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Julie... Julieryanevans

what?! are you kidding me, omg, I just can't even imagine.

Awake... Awakened1

That is beyond ridiculous. This has been thought up by some perverted minds. I feel sorry for whichever woman has to do that. 

heatkab heatkab

Not true. What a mess. This was a fatwa given by a lecturer in Egypt not Saudi Arabia and it was rejected by Muslims and rejected by the most well know scholars of Islam at Al-Azhar University- where the lecturer was from. It is based on the account in Islam that if you breast feed a child in Islam that child is considered a milk sibling to your children and that child can not marry your kids or you... ever. Problem is with this ridiculous fatwa is that men would have to be exposed to a private part of the woman which is a sin between adults. Not to mention it is just gross. Women can make decisions without men by the way. There is a whole lot of non-sense in your article here to clear it up... http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6681511.stm and http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2007/09/18/39269.html or http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKL2173061220070521

LoriA... LoriAnn87

This is just nuts.

nonmember avatar Carrie Gardner

How about you do some research before posting a clearly questionable article that promotes racism and stereotypes?

lovin... lovinangels

Islam is not a race. It's a religion. If you are going to post a negative response, Carrie, why not try figuring out the right insult?

lovin... lovinangels

I'm reading all the responses, and I have no idea what a "Fatwa" is. Is it an opinion based off the religious books that is then deemed to be law? And why do women have to keep their faces covered? I just don't get it. I've seen and know many Muslim women, and none of their faces are ever covered.

Heatkab in this post doesn't have her face covered, and it's a photo online. It's ridiculous to think that a man who isn't her husband won't see that. So I'm confused. It seems like the majority of the Islamic world disdained this fatwa, and yet the man who was breastfed by the older lady he was delivering bread to received a lesser punishment that the man who is not her "breastmilk son."

I'm guessing it's like my Bible, and the four billion translations and different adaptations. Which is why our separation of church and state is so precious. I don't want some dude telling me I've got to breastfeed my next door neighbor, because of an obscure passage in a book. I also don't want some dude telling me I can't wear jeans (a popular notion in certain Christian denominations.)

If this sounds like i'm being flip, (or BIGOTED) I'm not. Just not educated enough to understand how serious a Fatwah is.

APeve... APeveteaux

This article was not only in an opinion piece on Open Salon, but The Daily Beast and the BBC. The BBC article was posted later, and points to Egypt, not Saudi Arabia as the Salon and Daily Beast articles did. So, I did my research, this was all that was available.

However, even in the BBC article, it was clear that the fatwa was issued, but later denounced as a bad interpretation of Islam and retracted.

nonmember avatar Shahid Bangalor

This is the reason why the Messiah of Islam had to come. Come try to understand Ahmadiyyat the real Islam. Ahmadis live, teach and Preach the Peaceful, Logical and True teachings of Islam. This is why we are being persecuted by other Muslim sects around the world. Ahmadis live by the code "Love for All, Hatred for None". Google Ahmadiyya OR visit official site www.alislam.org

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