Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu is right. Turkey needs laughter more than anything else.
In an article on the Sun yesterday July 31st, 2014, he refuted Bulent Arinc’s statement that women should not laugh in public. Since when was feminism involved in laughing? Here is part of the article by the way.
ANKARA: Women should not laugh in public, Turkey’s deputy prime minister has said in a speech on “moral corruption” in the country.
Bulent Arinc used a meeting on Monday to condemn perceived moral repression, consumerism, and even excessive mobile phone use.
He called for chastity in both men and women and blamed the television and the media for turning teenagers into “sex addicts:, the Hurriyet Daily News reported.
“(The man) will not be a womaniser. He will be bound to his wife. He will love his children. She will not laugh in public. She will not not be inviting in her attitudes and will protect her chasteness,” Arinc said according to the paper.
He called for Turkish people to stop moral regression.
“Where are our girls, who slightly blush, lower their heads and turn their eyes away when we look at their face, becoming a symbol of chastity?” he said.
Among his other complaints was people having too many cars and using too much petrol, and women talking about “unnecessary” topics on the phone instead of meeting face-to-face.
Ekmeledin Ihsanoglu, who is running against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in next month’s presidential elections, took to Twitter to argue against Arinc’s statement. Turkey need women to laugh, he said, and the country needs to hear laughter more than anything.
It is humane to laugh, to express oneself. It is healthier to automatically release one’s feelings, instead of keeping everything inside like an automaton. It is a part of human nature.
This is not only applicable to men. Women should also make full use of it. Of course it does not have to go to the extent of them lashing out their slender hands and slapping their legs – that would be a little too much!
It applies to what, when, and where – even if it is in the public.