Zaman, calling her a “shameless
woman”…… “A militant in the guise of a journalist, a shameless woman… Know your place!” he declared…….“They gave you a pen… and
you insult a society that is 99 per cent Muslim”…..
This is why we like to see women on top, not because all men are bad, not because women are superior, but just to show that women are (in public life) in every way possible equal to men. To show that women can be LOL funny, and….they do not need permission from men to LOL in public.
Indira Gandhi (also Margaret Thatcher) was referred to as the only man in her cabinet. We prefer Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s comparison of Mrs Gandhi to Goddess Durga. Legend has it that when all the men failed, it was up to the Goddess to stop the Mahish-Asura. We need women to help out as Mahish-Asura-Mardini (demon slayer) today….because the men are just not competent enough.
Erdogan is just a three-penny bully in the Turkey shop, and most South Asian politicians probably think like him (if not talk like him). In our opinion Middle East would be a better place if it was led by women. Golda Meir was thousand times the “man” that Bibi Netanyahu ever would be. She made the prescient comment: Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us. Except that she was only half right, peace requires the Jews to stop hating Arabs as well.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan faced a new outcry on
Friday over his attitude to the media and women after he branded a
prominent female journalist a “shameless woman” and told her “to know
Just ahead of Sunday’s presidential election which
he is clear favourite to win, Erdogan savaged Amberin Zaman,
who writes for the Economist and the Turkish daily Taraf, over comments
she made in a television debate. She had asked the main opposition
leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu in the debate whether any Muslim society was
capable of challenging its authorities.
Erdogan lashed out at
Zaman, without mentioning her directly by name, at an election rally in
the eastern city of Malatya on Thursday, calling her a “shameless
“A militant in the guise of a journalist, a shameless woman… Know your place!” he declared.
“They gave you a pen and you are writing a column in a newspaper… and
you insult a society that is 99 per cent Muslim,” he said, drawing loud
boos from the crowd.
This is not the first time Erdogan has
lashed out at journalists, who have come under increasing pressure in
Turkey, which has more reporters behind bars than any other country in
The government’s attitude towards women is also under
heavy scrutiny, after Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc caused a furore
by suggesting women should not laugh loudly in public.
The Economist released a statement in response to the salvo, saying “we stand firmly by” its correspondent of 15 years. “The intimidation of journalists has no place in a democracy. Under Mr
Erdogan, Turkey has become an increasingly difficult place for
independent journalism,” it said.
Zaman responded to Erdogan
through her column in the Taraf newspaper, writing: “You are lynching a
Muslim woman who described what you are doing.
Turkish Deputy Prime Minster Bulent Arinc is the latest government official to put his foot in his mouth.
In a speech last week, this high-ranking official preached his perverted
version of morality to Turkish women by telling them not to laugh in
public! “Chastity is so important,” Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç said. “A
woman will know what is haram and not haram. She will not laugh out
loud in public. She will not be inviting in her attitudes and will
protect her chasteness.”
Arinc, a co-founder of the ruling AK Party, continued his chauvinist
sermonizing: “Where are our girls who slightly blush, lower their heads,
and turn their eyes away when we look at their faces, becoming the
symbol of chastity?” He ridiculed women for discussing cooking recipes
and other “frivolous things” on cell phones. Imitating a female voice,
he squeaked: “What happened to Ayse’s daughter? When is the wedding?” He
told the women to talk about such insignificant matters “face to face,”
not on the phone!
The Deputy Prime Minister’s demeaning remarks spread like wildfire. In
defiance, tens of thousands of Turkish women went on social media
(Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram) posting ‘selfies,’ pictures of
themselves, laughing out loud. Rather than stopping their laughter,
women started laughing … at him!