Men typically look upon their pregnant wives with tenderness and affection, describing their eyes as brighter and their complexion rosier, all because of the life growing within. Not so, according to a Turkish Islamic “thinker,” who condemned pregnant women in public as being “immoral and unpleasant.”
Omer Tugrul Inancer railed on the Turkish public TRT 1 TV channel against the very idea of pregnant women appearing in public, and received a lot of resistance in the process for his remarks, according to the Anna Lindh Foundation.
“It is against our civilization to use fanfare to announce a pregnancy. Pregnant women also should not go around in public with those bellies. It’s not aesthetic,” Inancer said. “After seven or eight months, future mothers should only leave the house by car with their husbands to get some fresh air, and only in the evening.”
Really? What about doctor’s visits and store errands?
“Instead we see them all over television. It’s unpleasant. This is not realism, it’s immorality.”
I’m getting a very distinct impression that this guy has never been married. Immoral and not real? There can be nothing more real or moral than bringing a new life into the world.
The program host apparently agreed. At the close of the rant, he thanked Inancer with “May God listen to you.”
Fat chance of that, and that’s not just my opinion. According to the report:
Secular Turks immediately took to social media, with #Omer Tugrul Inancer trending instantly. Activists have called for a protest on Istanbul’s Istiklal Avenue, near Taksim Square, with a pillow under their clothes in solidarity with pregnant women. “They must stop interfering with women in this country. If they could, they would rule on the very air they breathe,” thundered Aylin Nazliaka, a Social Democrat.
“Inancer says it is unpleasant to see pregnant women on the street. But isn’t it unpleasant hearing the premier say women must have at least three children?” protested secular nationalist Mehmet Oktay.
The Grand Mufti, who heads the Religious Affairs Directorate, added his own two cents into the discussion and started out agreeing with Inancer’s critics.
“Religion does not call for the isolation of women, pregnant or otherwise,” he said. “Becoming a mother is a gift from God.”
Indeed. But then he lost me with, “However, pregnant women should dress carefully, as all women should, and not wear garments that reveal the belly or the lower back.”
Thank heavens I live in the West, where sanity usually prevails in these matters.
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