Friday, December 09, 2011

Islamic Cleric Bans Women From Touching Bananas

Islamic cleric bans women from touching bananas

NEW DELHI: An unnamed Islamic cleric based in Europe has issued a ban on women touching fruits and vegetables resembling the male sexual organ to avoid "sexual thoughts".

The Egyptian news website Bikya Masr on Wednesday quoted the cleric whose diktat featured in an article on el-Senousa, a religious publication. The cleric has said that women should not even get close to bananas or cucumbers. "If women wish to eat these food items, a third party, preferably a male related to them such as their a father or husband, should cut the items into small pieces and serve," the cleric dictated.

According to the cleric, bananas and cucumbers "resemble the male penis" and therefore could arouse women or "make them think of sex." The cleric also added carrots and zucchini to the list of forbidden foods for women.

The news about this latest diktat against women went viral on the web with liberal Muslims feeling enraged and embarrassed. Repression of women in ultra-conservative Islamic societies has been an intense subject of debate throughout the world.


Anonymous said...

going bananas

"The sheikh was asked how to “control” women when they are out shopping for groceries and if holding these items at the market would be bad for them. The cleric answered saying this matter is between them and God."

Anonymous said...

About Bananas (1935)

Bananas are more than a delicious fruit – they are one of America’s most important foods –

Himself said...

I shall have a look at them shortly, I just need to give the peepers a short rest.

Himself said...

What a pity it didn't have sound, quite an interesting little clip.

But what a bizarre way of harvesting.

Strangely enough, it was only three days ago that I did a search for how to ripen melons. (not honeydew)

I now have three melons and three bananas in three paper bags.

Stephen Fry on the internet:

''We have the knowledge of the ages at our finger tips, how bad is that?''