In Saudi Arabia, where only men can earn a driver's license, a conservative cleric is drawing criticism for saying that women risk damaging their ovaries and bearing children with clinical problems if they drive, The Guardian reports.

The cleric, Sheikh Saleh bin Saad al-Lohaidan, made the comments in an interview following a recent campaign by women opposing the ban on female drivers. Lohaidan reportedly says women involved with the campaign, whose website was blocked in the kingdom, should put "reason ahead of their hearts, emotions and passions" – and not drive.

The opposition campaign called for female drivers to defy the ban and drive cars in a protest on October 26. According to the report, the ban on women drivers isn't actually a law, but only men are allowed to obtain driver's licenses. The country was preparing to lift the ban five years ago, but that plan didn't pan out.

Lohaidan explains the reasoning behind the ban as such: "If a woman drives a car, not out of pure necessity, that could have negative physiological impacts as functional and physiological medical studies show that it automatically affects the ovaries and pushes the pelvis upward," The Guardian reports. No specific medical studies were cited for explanation.


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      Edsel
      • 1 Year Ago
      Fifteenth century thinking needs to be run over by a Saudi woman driving a Ferrari.
      nocommie11
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why are there so many ninjas in the Middle East?
        Gorgenapper
        • 1 Year Ago
        @nocommie11
        They flunked ninja school in Japan, and moved to the middle east. It is not possible to see real ninjas, even in photographs.
      Pinhead
      • 1 Year Ago
      My working theory is that all extremists are a$$hats.
      EB110Americana
      • 1 Year Ago
      I dunno, he has a point. I mean men have been driving in Saudi Arabia for decades and, at least as far back as medical records go, I don't think a single one of them has given birth to a child or even gotten pregnant. Seriously, your stupidity is a greater threat to morality than any implied risk to ovaries. Time to pull your head out of the...sand, and open your eyes.
      dinobot666
      • 1 Year Ago
      Does he think these women are driving the cars with their vaginas or something?
      btulliani
      • 1 Year Ago
      BLIND religious faith = ignorance
        Seal Rchin
        • 1 Year Ago
        @btulliani
        Blind faith into mythical figures who are blameless and it is always the fault of people who were in power before you...............only can happen in uncivilized Middle East, never in progressive, forward looking USA.
      GR
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hey Saudi cleric, I was taught to drive by my lesbian aunt with a crop haircut in a Subaru. How's that sound? Oh yeah, that's right. A little taste of American freedom for you. Hate it, don't you? True story.
      linuxaddict7
      • 1 Year Ago
      So its ok to sit in rear/passenger seat, but not on driver's seat.
      GoSpeedRacerGo
      • 1 Year Ago
      So how do women drivers all over the world continue to have children? Maybe it's a miracle! Or maybe you're just a cave man?
      Hazdaz
      • 1 Year Ago
      So over there, they have nuts that statements like that, and over here we have school boards getting sued by crazy religious conservatives because they have the audacity to teach science in the classroom. ... how about this: Well take ALL these religious right-wing nut jobs from all different religions and countries and have them duke it out on some island so they can leave us regular folk to just live their lives in peace?
        Seal Rchin
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hazdaz
        Just so you know, you don't get to say i bring home the bacon if you are using EBT Card.................. Hahahaha, now go on out of here back to your moms basement.
        Seal Rchin
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hazdaz
        But who will pay taxes for you to get all the free stuff that you "regular" folks want.........let's start with all the pregnancy and STD testing.
        FuelToTheFire
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hazdaz
        I'm sorry, but those are NOT right wingers you are talking about. The right wing seeks to minimize govenemnt control of your life. I am a right winger and a proud libertarian and to an entent, an anarcho-capitalist. Religious theocracy would fit in with left wing ideology bette than right wing. The left wing seeks to control all aspects of people's lives.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      If they did not have oil there, they would have been a poor,third world country that hardly anyone cared about.
        safeerexus
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Avinash Machado
        Everything there is imported from the West, from chocolates to toilet paper. Homegrown industries are designed by white people & constructed by brown people. The ambient temp is unbearable- 50 deg C ! They use their oil to build glass buildings & buy rainbow colored cars, trying to make the place a utopia. I guess back to living in tents & eating sand after the oil fields run dry...
        Cruising
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Avinash Machado
        That is exactly why they are trying to turn places like Dubai into a tourism hot spot, they know eventually the oil fields will be drying up.
          KaiserWilhelm
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Cruising
          Who the hell wants to visit a scorching hot desert with no alcohol?
      Sea2Sky
      • 1 Year Ago
      So according to this brilliant medical study, one would then deduce that woman shouldn't even sit in cars, let along sit at all... for fear of damaging their ovaries?!?
        Muttons
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Sea2Sky
        Dark ages man. Dark ages. I hear if you travel over 50 mph your heart will explode. True story.
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