Maybe? I mean, it isn't crazier than saying women can't drive because once women drive there will be no more virgins (which a Saudi official said last week) or, y'know, throwing acid in the eyes of women trying to learn how to read (thanks, Taliban!). But is it parody or more examples of religious misogyny?
Muna Khan: Bananas, cucumbers, carrots, oh my
Sometimes a cleric has to issue an edict for the jokes to write themselves.
This was evidenced on Thursday in a so-called edict by a Muslim cleric calling for a ban on women touching phallic-shaped fruit. It was bound to elicit outrage and ridicule alike.
The brouhaha erupted after the publication of a report in the Egyptian newspaper Bikya Masr on Thursday, which quoted the website El-Senousa, on which an unnamed cleric in Europe said that women shouldn’t touch fruit/vegetables such as bananas, cucumbers, carrots and eggplants because they resembled male genitalia.
The only way women could eat these fruit was if there presented to them by “a third party, preferably a male related to them such as their father or husband should cut the items into small pieces and serve it to them” the newspaper quoted the cleric as saying.
It set social media forums aflame with Twitter users suggesting other fruit that should be banned for resembling female anatomy (hint: peaches).
The ludicrousness of the matter also attracted the attention of news outlets, many of whom ran the story ─ and everyone had a good laugh, or a good cry, while a whole lot of Muslims hung their heads in shame.
It was a good day on Twitter for cucumber jokes and the story should end here except for one teeny tiny thing: no one can verify this story.