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Women can’t talk and remember simultaneously

Surprised? So are we. But apparently a Yemeni cleric has “scientific proof” that women are the incapable of speaking and retaining information at the same time.

December 16, 2008 12:48 by

The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) published an interview yesterday with Yemenite cleric Abd Al-Majid Al-Zindani on Iqra TV —a Saudi Arabian station — aired on October 23, 2008. According to the cleric, women are incapable of talking and remembering information simultaneously because of how the female brain works.

“Two areas in a woman’s brain are activated when she talks,” al-Zindani explained. “As we can see, there are many centers of speech in a woman’s brain. There is a center in each lobe, while in the case of a man, there is only one center, here. The opposite center does not operate during speech, because it is busy remembering.”

“What is the outcome of this?” he asks. “When a woman talks, she uses the part of the brain that contains the memory, because in the case of women, both centers function for speech and memory. So when a woman talks, she might use the part of the brain containing the memory for talking – and that’s it, the data is lost.”

The result of being incapable of practicing the mental acrobatics of talking and remembering at the same time is, according to the cleric, a handicap courts should take into consideration when assessing women’s testimony in “cases pertaining to human lives, property, honor, or the stability of justice.”

There’s more.

In what appears to be an unrelated issue, al-Zindani explains women’s reactions to physical and mental stress: “women are subject to menstruation, when their endurance and mental capacity for concentration are diminished.”

The cleric’s remarks are bound to anger millions of men around the world (not the women. They’re too busy talking and forgetting), and unfortunately, they reinforce the world’s negative perception of Arabs and their treatment of women.

But we’d like to thank the cleric for giving us a good laugh.

Thank you.

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  1. Steve Smith on December 17, 2008 8:38 am

    Fantastically amusing.
    Since when have these clerics started using science ? If they did we wouldn’t have to wait for the announcement of religious holidays as the position of the moon can be accurately measured rather than “sighted”..

  2. Vadia Faheem on December 17, 2008 8:49 am

    I totally agree with Steve.

  3. Yaser Al Khudhiri on December 17, 2008 9:26 am

    Steve, I dont think we should take the article in an offensive way. We all know that there are many things; “in terms of science” that Women and Men differ in. Women are better in some intellectual capabilities than Men; and vice versa on different intellectual capabilities.

    I am not sure whether what is said above by the cleric is true or not hence i do not presume or conclude anything; but i know that this cleric is actually a Pharmacist and a scientist; and has been in this field for a long time.

    Steve, my whole point, which i studied from the West (Your countries), is not to judge people by their appearance or ethnic background as you did. Just because he doesnt wear a suit and doesnt look like a scientist doesnt distinguish him from knowing something. Knowledge has nothing to do with appearance. Further; you are criticizing/ making fun of the whole Islamic belief on measuring when is Ramadan and when is Eid to be. Let me tell you something; isn’t the moon similar to the Sun in measuring time? Don’t we have a different number of days in February every 4 years? Please understand that the Moon is like the Sun in measuring time which can be related to Holy events that happened in the history of Islam.

  4. SuzyQ on December 17, 2008 9:31 am

    Priceless.. just made my day.

  5. Khaled on December 17, 2008 9:56 am

    Unbelievable. Knowing how to read should not be the only pre-requisite in order to become a cleric. how can they say such nonesense in public? If they want to talk about science they need to go to school first. Real school, not one with just 1 textbook…

    these people should be banned from talking in publi and giving advice to anyone. They only make fools of themselves and ashame and insult other muslims.

  6. Danny on December 17, 2008 10:15 am

    “Priceless.. just made my day.”

    Yes, SuzyQ, but the question is will you remember it? ;-)

  7. Mohammed Johmani on December 17, 2008 10:26 am

    am not sure on what basis you say “the world’s negative perception of Arabs and their treatment of women”
    well, if you and the world know little about Islam, then you might be surprised to know that our prophet Mohammed encouraged and stressed on Women to work hand-to-hand with men, in war and at home.
    Islam gave woman more rights than even the US has given!
    i do agree that the voice of those who damaged Islam perception is louder than the our voice which resulted on the negative perception therefore we have a long way to go in order to change this perception.


  8. Mohammed Johmani on December 17, 2008 10:26 am

    as for the “moon” issue, thats something extremely subjective due to the sensativity of the Hadeeth (the order) of our prophit Mohammed whne he says: “Start and end fasting when you see it” the word see it can be understood in many ways, and mostly he ment the natural eyes, which gives us the opportunity to go away of technology, trust me its an amazing feeling when we “Muslims” start waiting and watching teh sky in order to see the moon with our naked eyes!


  9. king on December 17, 2008 10:39 am

    well, there is a different between man and women physically, but socially both of them have same rights. but who believe that women is the same like man, or man is the same like women, i will just tell her or him one thing, u lady can go to marry lady like u, and u man can go to marry man like u , and then we will just be a community of gays and lesbians, cuz both of us r the same, right?! :D:D ,, think about it guyz plz, especially ladies!

  10. Lianne on December 17, 2008 12:10 pm

    now i would really like to talk to the women upon whom this study was made… but then if i talk to them, maybe they wouldn’t remember they were interviewed or studied in the first place???

  11. Dana Moukhallati on December 17, 2008 12:31 pm

    that is hilarious!! I love the displayed picture of the cleric.. he seems to know EXACTLY what he’s talking.. so funny!

  12. Sue Cooke Davenport on December 17, 2008 12:35 pm

    Well now, I was going to post a reply but now that I have started typing I can’t remember what I wanted to say……

  13. Yaser Al Khudhiri on December 18, 2008 9:23 am

    Jim i totally agree with you.

  14. Lianne on December 18, 2008 12:58 pm

    Jim, I only agree with your statement that people should be allowed to speak out,regardless of religious inclination or whatever qualification.
    However, I have to point out that what the cleric said is not about the differences between men and women. What he said was that women have a “handicap” which makes them unreliable in court proceedings about “cases pertaining to human lives, property, honor, or the stability of justice.â€�
    So, does he mean that, if a woman is a witness to a crime, for example, she is not capable of remembering and telling that story in court? So she will just keep quiet about it or let a man tell the story for her?
    One does not need a study to contradict what the cleric said, my friend. History has shown the role that women play in society — and that includes talking and remembering at the same time.

  15. Olimpia on December 19, 2008 10:04 am

    I am afraid so… in fact I have been is situations where even for signing a common power of attorney in court I could not have 2 women witenessing… Apparently (anyone feel free to correct me, if wrong) in Shariah Law a woman’s testimony is only worth ‘half’ a man…..
    Personally I don’t think the religious writings are actually meant to “handicap” women, the problem is HOW people (=MEN) interpret them!

  16. mahado.warsame on December 19, 2008 9:21 pm

    It is funny and offending to a civilised mind. The cleric sought to prove something he already beleived in (his own perception of islam). It is easy to prove with evidence sceintifically or otherwise when u beleive in it. It is totally nonsense and i personally feel offended by it. It reminds me of days when whites proved that black people where ¨less superior intellectually. Racism..sexism…it is all the same shit. This cleric should just chill out n get laid. N grow up. There more important thingS iN the world than this. Nonsense…nonsense… ass.

  17. Yaser Al Khudhiri on December 21, 2008 10:29 am

    Rasha, i believe you havent read properly my comments above.
    Briefly, I believe that a Scientist or say more specifically a doctor should reply to this; not us ordinary people. A neurologist or a physician; does know more on this; so he/ she can answer on this and back it with explanation on why these statements are wrong.

    Second; my comments arent harsh; but you are getting harsh. I am trying to correct Steve. You cannot judge a person by his appearance or thnic background. This was my point.

    Please read properly that i didnt ever say that the scientist or pharmacist or cleric; is correct or wrong; because i cannot comment on this; and i dont have enough knowledge in this field.

    Finally; if the moon sighting issue is a controversy; kindly prove it and back. If what you were seeing is true; we would have seen countries using alternative or stopped relying on it.

    I never wanted to prevent Steve of saying his opinion; but i was explaining that this was a measure of time.

  18. Yaser Al Khudhiri on December 21, 2008 11:16 am

    One more thing; i had just come to know that some of the information provided by my side is not correct. Mr. Zindani; did not complete his university. He was a pharmacy student in Egypt; but didnt complete his education.

  19. Doc on December 30, 2008 10:42 am

    What a suprise the information on the clerics university education was incorect, i bet next week he prove Elvis is still alive and living on the palms

  20. Somali on January 6, 2009 5:06 pm

    Women talk three times as much as men, says study

    Here is the Link

  21. Rohit on January 16, 2009 3:50 pm

    It is amazing that there is a discussion on this. Let me start by saying that this cleric is biased against women and what he has said is utter crap.

    As for the issue on moon, it is an issue of ethnicity and religion. Steve does not know enough.

    But for even considering that this cleric os talking sense is having too much faith is a system that appointed him to be a cleric. Islam is a very good religion like many others and nobody should be able to take such liberties with it.

  22. Damien on February 9, 2009 10:00 am

    howe come my wife can remember in minute detail everything se said to me the other night? or is it only talking and not shouting!

  23. Memory woman on June 15, 2009 11:02 am

    WOW, amazing how all these studies on the (shortcomings/failings/irregularities???) of women are always done by male, Islamic clerics who are purported to be ‘scientists’. Obviously experts in the field of human neuro-physiology then…

    The reason for people worldwide lambasting such ignoramus comments and the people that support and make them is because they are always trying to (dis)prove other peoples/genders worth. NO ONE can disprove another human beings worth, the religioius clerics should read their relevant handbooks and be the 1st ones to know this!

    Luckily, as Im not talking this comment but writing it, I will remember every jot of information presented (well, if whats been said by the cleric in above article is to be believed).
    Such a joke! If you dont want to be viewed as one, stop making them, especially in public.

    Word to Damien: yes, women will always remember the minutae of any discussion (shouted or spoken) regardless of what their brains are capable of. Guess that is a mans cross to bear…

    Woman with an allegadly bad memory…


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