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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 Dana El Baltaji
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.”
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.