A conservative Saudi Arabian cleric has said women who drive risk damaging their ovaries and bearing children with clinical problems, countering activists who are trying to end the Islamic kingdom's male-only driving rules.A campaign calling for women to defy the ban in a protest drive on October 26 has spread rapidly online over the past week and gained support from some prominent women activists. On Sunday, the campaign's website was blocked inside the kingdom.In an interview published on Friday on the website sabq.org, Sheikh Saleh bin Saad al-Lohaidan, a judicial adviser to an association of Gulf psychologists, said women aiming to overturn the ban on driving should put "reason ahead of their hearts, emotions and passions".His comments reflect the extent of opposition to women driving among some conservatives in Saudi Arabia."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 upwards," he told Sabq."That is why we find those who regularly drive have children with clinical problems of varying degrees," he said.
" ... automatically affects the ovaries and pushes the pelvis upwards ..."? This might suggest that women should never sit down, rather than being a function of driving a vehicle, yes?
Sadly, the real story is the evidence, collected over many decades, and indisputable, that men who drive motor vehicles, whether out of pure necessity or for frivolous reasons, experience shrinkage of their manly bits and their brains – such shrinkage being in direct proportion to the amount of driving undertaken. So far, medical scientists have seen no limit to which the manly bits and brains can shrink, but it could prove to be until the point of disappearance.