Islam means misogyny: Claiming “Our religion has given women a station: the station of motherhood,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declares men and women cannot be equal.
Speaking at a meeting in Istanbul on women and justice, Erdogan offended all reasonable people after arguing that women are not equal to men because men and women are created differently. As a result, according to Erdogan, women cannot be expected to undertake the same work as men.
Erdogan, a devout Muslim, often courts controversy with divisive public comments. He has previously angered women’s groups by stating that women should bear at least three children and by attempting to outlaw abortion and adultery.
According to Erdogan, women are good for one thing: breeding:
“Our religion has given women a station: the station of motherhood.”
Erdogan justified his over the top sexism and misogyny by claiming Islam exalts women as “mothers” and citing a hadith of the Prophet Mohammed that says:
“Heaven lies at the foot of your mother.”
“Our religion regards motherhood very highly,” he said. “Feminists don’t understand that, they reject motherhood.”
Lawyer and women’s rights activist Hulya Gulbahar said Erdogan’s comments were in violation of Turkey’s constitution, Turkish laws and international conventions on gender equality and didn’t help efforts to stem high incidences of violence against women in Turkey.
“You cannot make women and men equal; this is against nature. You cannot subject a pregnant woman to the same working conditions as a man. You cannot make a mother who has to breastfeed her child equal to a man. You cannot make women do everything men do like the communist regimes did… This is against her delicate nature.”
“Such comments by state officials which disregard equality between men and women play an important role in the rise of violence against women. Such comments aim to make women’s presence in public life — from politics to arts, from science to sports — debatable.”
Earlier this month, Erdogan claimed that Muslims had discovered the Americas more than 300 years before Christopher Columbus.
(Note: Misogyny and sexism is not unique to Islam, it is prevalent in all three Abrahamic religions, as well as most other religious traditions.)