Sharia law: no more yeehaah of any kind*

Authorities in Indonesia’s Aceh province are moving full-steam ahead with yet another implementation of sharia law, this time banning women from straddling motorcycles. According to the law, women are only allowed to ride “side-saddle” and are prohibited from holding onto the driver for support. The reason? Apparently, straddling a motorcycle is not a matter of practicality or safety for the sharia-authorities of Aceh, rather, it is about “showing a woman’s curves.”

[It] is also makes it clear that women are now forbidden from actually driving themselves on motorbikes as well. In other words, the primary mode of transportation for everyday people in cities across Indonesia has now been made unattainable to women, leaving them without the means to function independently. The law is slated to move forward despite reported opposition from the central government, according to the Associated Press. [more]

(What? No, not Melissa. Wrong hair color.)

* Cultural ref: “No more fun of any kind.” — Dean Wormer in Animal House

34 Comments!

  1. Alan outback bacon czar
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 9:34 am |

    With the outfit she is wearing, they may be right. But I’m not offended. I kind of like it. M in Texas, you want to try to duplicate that pose?

  2. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 9:59 am |

    it is about “showing a woman’s curves.”

    So Sharrhea is like fashion designers.
    #WarOnWomen

  3. mech
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 10:57 am |

    Apparently the 2004 tsunami clean out was ineffective.

    Teh crazies, like roaches, survived.

    Or maybe infested again from another location.

  4. Steve Skubinna
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 11:04 am |

    mech, get with the program. The Tsunami was Allah’s punishment for Indonesia not being strict enough. Now it seems that all along the women there have been on double secret probation.

  5. Posted January 8, 2013 at 11:32 am |

    She couldn’t sit behind me and hold on, but could I sit behind her and hold on?

    Just curious.

  6. Colonel Jerry USMC
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 11:43 am |

    What if she rode on the handle bar; izzat okeyfine?

  7. Yarbouti
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 11:44 am |

    Not that I’m a great fan of this law and most other forms of public decency legislation, but the reporting on it in the Blaze link is factually incorrect.

    Of course the rule sounds absurd, because it is. It obviously makes it impossible for women to ride as passengers given that they cannot do so safely while perched side-saddle, their arms dangling to and fro. And, since straddling is the verboten act here, it is also makes it clear that women are now forbidden from actually driving themselves on motorbikes as well.

    No, it does not make that clear at all. The proposed law refers solely to female passengers, not to female drivers and the thrust of the rationalisation is more concerned with straddling and holding the driver than with the curves. Indonesian urban motorbikes tend to be scooters, anyway, which allow the driver to avoid straddling almost entirely. So while it is stupid, it is not the blanket ban on female mobility imagined by the overeager editor.

    Incidentally, side-saddle passenger riding is not uncommon in South-East Asia. You’ll see a lot of it e.g. in Vietnam, which is certainly unaffected by consideration for Muslim sensibilities.

  8. PeggyU
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 11:49 am |

    Cute shoes.

  9. geezerette
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 12:04 pm |

    Side saddle bikes?

  10. mojo
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 12:47 pm |

    Double-secret Booty Probation?

  11. fel
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 12:58 pm |

    Whats that flapping noise?

  12. Posted January 8, 2013 at 1:17 pm |

    ^ That’s just Yarbouti.

  13. TimO
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 1:24 pm |

    Sadly the whole religion needs a mental enema…

  14. DougM (Progophobe)
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 1:27 pm |

    Geezus, Yarbouti, it’s a friggin’ joke!

    What are you, some kind’a CAIR agent who goes around disciplining infidels for making fun of the uncriticizable while wearin’ a “Behead Those Who Criticize Islam” t-thirt? You can kill us, but you can’t make us respect the absurd.

  15. geezerette
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 2:00 pm |

    Even if she wears pants?

  16. TheOldMan
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 3:19 pm |

    But can she straddle the driver? Can I volunteer to drive?

  17. mech
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 3:29 pm |

    Now just which position is preferable for the woman on a motorcycle?

  18. rickn8or
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 3:36 pm |

    Well, I’m gonna pretend it’s Melissa…

  19. Paul
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 5:17 pm |

    Be still my beating heart! If I saw a girl with THOSE legs riding a motorcycle that way it could cause me to auger in.

    No, don’t ban them. Those were God given legs and well, it sure gladdens the heart of us older folk!

  20. rickn8or
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 6:23 pm |

    Paul, us younger guys like ‘em too.

  21. JoeBandMember™
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 7:31 pm |

    Goats cans still ride spread eagle though.

  22. iD
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 8:04 pm |

  23. Buzz
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 8:06 pm |

    Therein lies the muzzies’ problem, Paul.
    You see those fine legs, you want those fine legs, you shame those fine legs.

  24. DougM (Progophobe)
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 9:58 pm |

    iD (22)
    Not sure of the translation on that tub,
    but I think it says “baby food.”

  25. rickn8or
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 10:02 pm |

    DougM, if so, then either interpretation of that phrase would be accurate.

  26. PeggyU
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 10:04 pm |

    Doug M – Bucket o’ baby

  27. SondraK, Queen of my domain
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 10:13 pm |

    ^ LOL@everyone.

  28. DougM (Progophobe)
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 11:42 pm |

    Kentucky Flied Chillin’

  29. PeggyU
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 12:50 am |

    ^ diaper lickin’ good

  30. Thunderbottom
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 6:30 am |

    #8, Peggy U: I noticed the shoes too – yeah, they are cute.

  31. Melissa In Texas
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 5:59 pm |

    She’s wearing a helmet.
    When I rode in short skirts, I always had the wind in my hair and usually higher heels, and I was riding bitch on the back.
    No, I no longer have pics of that stage in my life ;)
    Some days, when the sun is out and it is warm… I miss it!
    That being said, the people can screw the animal of their choosing, but a woman’s LEGS bring out the sharia nuts?
    *shakes head*
    not wearing a damn burkha!

  32. rickn8or
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 6:18 pm |

    No, I no longer have pics of that stage in my life…”

    Damn. Just. Damn.

  33. DougM (Progophobe)
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 9:01 pm |

    Melissa (31)
    Are you “not wearing a burkha” right now?
    [ducks]
    (What? Hey, she said it, not me!)

    [*heh* I love the English language.]

  34. Posted January 12, 2013 at 2:47 pm |

    Melissa in Texas: Thanks. You just ruined the rest of my afternoon. I was previously going to get up and go do something. I forget what it was. Now? Not so much.