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Don't laugh loudly, Turkish deputy PM tells women

12:28 pm - 07/30/2014

Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc, one of the co-founders of the ruling Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP), made the comment while lamenting the moral decline of modern society.

"A man should be moral but women should be moral as well, they should know what is decent and what is not decent," Arinc said in a speech on Monday in the western Bursa region for the Bayram holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting for Muslims.

"She should not laugh loudly in front of all the world and should preserve her decency at all times," he added.

Turkish women took to social media in droves to denounce Arinc's comments, posting pictures of themselves deliriously laughing under the hashtags #kahkaha (#laughter) and #direnkahkaha (#resistlaughter) which have now gone viral.

The ruling AKP is accused by critics of seeking to erode Turkey's strict separation of religion and state -- the basis of the secular republic founded by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

Arinc went on to denounce a moral degradation that left society awash with drugs and prostitution, and lashed out at popular Turkish soap operas for encouraging lax lifestyles, in comments quoted throughout the Turkish media and online.

He pointed to the use of bonzai, a synthetic drug which has become a craze in some parts of low income Turkish society and is now a serious social problem.

"We have to rediscover the Koran. We have gone backwards, morally," said Arinc. "We have become a very different society."

Arinc also said a man should be strongly "tied to his wife and love his children" while a woman should "protect her husband's honour".

- 'Chatting too much' -

He denounced the excessive use of cars, saying that if even the "river Nile was filled with petrol", there wouldn't be enough to go around.

Arinc also slammed the excessive use of mobile phones in Turkish society, with women "spending hours on the phone to swap recipes".

Imitating a Turkish woman on her mobile, he said, "'Is there nothing else going on? What happened to Ayse's daughter? When's the wedding?'"

"People should say these things face to face," he added.

His comments provoked a storm among AKP critics, with political tensions riding high as Erdogan prepares to stand in presidential elections on August 10.

Erdogan's main rival in the polls, the mild-mannered former head of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, himself took to Twitter to poke fun at Arinc.

"We need to hear the happy laughter of women," he wrote.

Anti-Erdogan bloggers responded with even greater anger.

"Stop giving us moral lessons and instead count all the money that you have stolen," wrote one Twitter user, bturkmen, referring to corruption allegations against Erdogan and his circle that surfaced last year.

A pious Muslim who does not drink and whose wife wears the Muslim headscarf, Erdogan has always denied seeking to erode Turkey's secular principles.

Anger at the government's attitudes towards secular Turks erupted into deadly protests that shook Erdogan last year sparked by plans to redevelop a park in Istanbul.

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Girls, don't you know you should just shut up, cook and spread your legs for your owner? All your other functions are unnecessary and unwanted!

furrygreen 30th-Jul-2014 12:52 pm (UTC)
"She should not laugh loudly in front of all the world and should preserve her decency at all times," he added.

So true. Whenever I laugh, it's always a hop-step away from sexie timez and all that, which is especially awkward at work. =X

Girls, don't you know you should just shut up, cook and spread your legs for your owner?

What was that? I missed it. I was making a sandwich in the kitchen. =X
darsynia 30th-Jul-2014 09:14 pm (UTC)
What was that? I missed it. I was making a sandwich in the kitchen. =X

Haha I was just about to respond with this statement, but I'm also barefoot and pregnant, LOL.
ladycyndra 30th-Jul-2014 10:10 pm (UTC)
This reminds me of the story my mom told me about her third pregnancy. She had gone into labor that day but still kept doing chores around the house, taking care of my two older siblings at the same time. Dad comes home. She had dinner for him ready. He ate and THEN they went to the hospital so she could have my sister.
atheistkathleen 30th-Jul-2014 12:55 pm (UTC)
don't laugh at all is more like it
ladycyndra 30th-Jul-2014 05:00 pm (UTC)
This asshole would HATE me and my sisters then. We laugh LOUD, long and hard. Fuck this guy.
nextdrinksonme 30th-Jul-2014 05:31 pm (UTC)
I always find it interesting how you could replace "Koran" with "Bible" in statements like that and most people in the US would agree.
moonshaz 30th-Jul-2014 07:37 pm (UTC)
I KNOW RITE? It's amazing, that.
bleed_peroxide 30th-Jul-2014 06:00 pm (UTC)
I've never understood this whole "women shouldn't laugh loudly" thing. Hell, even growing up in the church, it wasn't explicitly stated, but girls were more likely to get That Look or shushed for laughing verses when the boys were laughing. The girls the leaders fawned over were small, petite, quiet, and acted as sweet as pie.

What's so fucking threatening about a woman laughing on an audible level? Is it the fact, for a few seconds, someone might hear her instead of a man?

What a load of crock.
grandmascorner 30th-Jul-2014 06:48 pm (UTC)
the government of turkey is such a bad representation of their people, they only get their votes from manipulating their followers by dragging religion into everything (that happens everywhere, but still)
stess 30th-Jul-2014 08:23 pm (UTC)
As a child, I noticed that women in my life who laughed loudly were the women I most wanted to be like, so I started laughing loudly. Like those women, I got negative feedback from the men in my life, and some of the older women. It wasn't ladylike, I was too noisy. They might mimic my laugh to shame me. I'm 35 and still get looks occasionally from more conservative types, but they're already giving me side-eye for visible bra strap or sitting with my legs open (wearing pants!), so fuck em.

Policing women's laughter is gross, let us be happy how we choose.

And social media is a goddamn blessing, for how much I curse it in my own life. I love that the Turkish women were able to post, and see each other posting, defiant laughing selfies. I love how quickly we can respond to public figures, and how loud our voices can be. It gives me hope.

mimblexwimble 30th-Jul-2014 11:52 pm (UTC)
A pious Muslim who does not drink and whose wife wears the Muslim headscarf, Erdogan has always denied seeking to erode Turkey's secular principles.

His wife is the one who wears the hijab, but his supposed piety is mentioned?

No surprise that he's also afraid of cars and cell phones...
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