Saturday, January 18, 2014

Possibly the most disgusting thing I've read in a while

There are some things that have the power to evoke instant disgust in me, and force me to remind myself that at least some parts of the world are making progress in morality. Here's one of them:
Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen has refused to ratify a bill that seeks to partially criminalize marital rape, calling it “un-Islamic.” 
The parliament voted 67-2 last month to limit a husband’s right to have non-consensual sex with his wife. The bill says a husband cannot force his wife to have sex if the couple have filed for divorce, dissolution or mutual separation, and if the intent is to transmit a sexual disease.
So much wrong here. 2 people voted against it, wrong (should've been zero). It's an extraordinarily narrow bill, wrong. And then the President of Maldive goes and vetoes it, and the vice-president has this to say:
“With the exception of forbidden forms of sexual intercourse, such as during menstrual periods and anal intercourse, it is not permissible under any circumstance for a woman to refrain from it when the husband is in need,” Latheef said.
Wow. Hey, Mrs. Salo Tumberg! Did you know that you're my property? On your knees! Oh, wait, you're actually a human being with you're own wants, needs, thoughts, emotions, and consciousness? Well, shit! Then what the hell is going on in Maldive??

Think it's isolated to some guy in power? Nope.
A 2007 government study found that more than 92 percent of Maldivian women believe a good wife obeys her husband even if she disagrees with him. Nearly 30 percent of respondents also said a husband can beat his wife if she refuses sex.
The Maldives drew global criticism last February after a juvenile court sentenced a 15-year old girl — who was raped by her stepfather — to 100 lashes on charges of fornication. The ruling was overturned by a higher court six months later.

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