At a recent women’s rights conference in Istanbul, President Erdogan of Turkey made some statements that are absolutely horrifying to me, and at the same so ludicrous that I laughed. The sheer backwardness and idiocy of some of his statements were absolutely shocking, and its almost unbelievable to me that there are still people in the world who think in such narrow minded and outdated ways. Living in America, it hits pretty hard when I see that such a person can make it into a position of power elsewhere in the world.
Of the many hideous things that Mr. Erdogan said, here is a few samples.
“You cannot put men and women on equal footing…It is against nature.”
“Our religion [Islam] regards motherhood very highly… Feminists don’t understand that, they reject motherhood.”
To put the cherry on top, the Turkish President said that women need equal respect, not actual equality. Absolutely ludicrous, isn’t it?