Indonesia city to ban women ‘straddling motorbikes’

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A city in the Indonesian province of Aceh which follows Sharia has ordered female passengers not to straddle motorbikes behind male drivers.


Suaidi Yahya, mayor of Lhokseumawe, says it aims to save people’s “morals and behaviours”.

Leaflets have been sent out to government offices and residents to inform them about the regulation.

Aceh is the only Indonesian province that follows Sharia.

Under the new regulation, the mayor says that women passengers are only allowed to sit “side-saddle” because straddling the bike seat violates Islamic values.

“When you see a woman straddle, she looks like a man. But if she sits side-saddle, she looks like a woman,” Suaidi said.

He added that passengers who sat side-saddle rarely fell off.

Written By: BBC News
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38 COMMENTS

  1. Isn’t it enough for them to just ban adultery, without banning all the things they think might inspire it? I guess they buy into the “gateway drug” idea. It’d be as if our society, which bans bribes, tried to discourage it by not letting you carry cash. Or should I be routing for what the Islamists are doing? After all, I think guns should be restricted to stop their use in killing humans… No; that’s more about the possibility of using devices rather than the inspiration to do something. The bribery idea is the better analogy to Indonesia City’s current plan.

  2. The local government will be evaluating the regulation in a month, after which it could turn into a by-law, he added.

    You know what this means. If, a month from now, Lhokseumawe’s morgue and hospitals are chock-full of women who have been catapulted from the backs of motorcycles, Mayor Yahya (great politican’s name by the way) might have a bit of a rethink of this policy.

    Under the new regulation, the mayor says that women passengers are only allowed to sit “side-saddle” because straddling the bike seat violates Islamic values.

    “When you see a woman straddle, she looks like a man. But if she sits side-saddle, she looks like a woman,” Suaidi said.

    I thought the whole point of full-body coverings for women under Sharia was to hide any trace of femininity so all those studly Islamic men wouldn’t be tempted by their womanly curves and lustrous, flowing locks. Now this guy is saying that by straddling motorcycle seats, women don’t look feminine enough?!

  3. Oh dear. What ARE they thinking of? I can see the accident departments of hospitals suddenly being inundated with unfortunate females who have slid off bikes on a corner. Safety should far outweigh any so-called “morals” consideration. Madness.

  4. When in Vietnam, a few years ago, I noticed that the majority of women sit side-saddle on the ubiquitous motor scooters – almost exclusively driven by men. This is a cultural concept there because the fashion is (or was) for women to wear long skirts. I don’t know about accident statistics regarding women falling from scooters but what seems, to a visitor, to be absolute chaos as tens of thousands of scooters dash about the streets of Hanoi and Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) there are remarkably few accidents at all.

  5. Will they ban male passengers from straddling motorcycles behind the (male) rider because it might promote homosexuality?

    Also let me make two small corrections to his penultimate sentence:
    “When you see a woman straddle, she looks like a person on a motorcycle. But if she sits side-saddle, she looks like an organ donor,”

    And does he have statistics to back up his claim about side saddle passengers rarely falling off?

  6. It has always puzzled me as to why side-saddle is considered a more feminine way of riding something (a horse, a bicycle, etc). Logically it would make more sense for men, who, after all, have delicate anatomy between the legs to protect.

  7. In reply to #7 by N_Ellis:

    Will they ban male passengers from straddling motorcycles behind the (male) rider because it might promote homosexuality?

    Laugh ! Now don’t put thoughts in their minds. Maybe they haven’t yet thought of that.

  8. What really hit me about this story was the presumption that females will not be driving. A point totally missed by the BBC article.

    We really need this idiot to explain just why this is un-islamic.

    Is the riding of push bikes also un-islamic?

    What about horse riding?

    Is it because the vagina – even after mutilation* – may be stimulated by the internal combustion engine?

    Well, we all know where that may lead to, don’t we.

    Perhaps the very thought of a petrol stimulated vagina would be enough to get all those Acehian Muslim men feeling all rapey?

    My initial reaction was to point and laugh, but the more I think about it the more I feel like crying.

    *http://www.irinnews.org/Report/90366/INDONESIA-Female-genital-mutilation-persists-despite-ban

    Anvil.

  9. In reply to #8 by Cartomancer:

    It has always puzzled me as to why side-saddle is considered a more feminine way of riding something (a horse, a bicycle, etc). Logically it would make more sense for men, who, after all, have delicate anatomy between the legs to protect.

    I know it’s not your area of expertise, Cartomancer, but you should be aware that what we women have in our downstairs area could also be described as ‘delicate’, although I take your point about the back-to-front logic of women riding side-saddle: I understand there’s some beastly affliction called testicular torsion that male long-distance bicyclists can fall prey to, the effects of which are comparable to what can be seen in this video clip.

  10. In reply to #3 by Katy Cordeth:

    You know what this means. If, a month from now, Lhokseumawe’s morgue and hospitals are chock-full of women who have been catapulted from the backs of motorcycles, Mayor Yahya (great politican’s name by the way) might have a bit of a rethink of this policy.

    No worries, Katy… they only rarely fall off. ;-)

    Steve

  11. In reply to #9 by bootjangler:

    In reply to #7 by N_Ellis:

    Will they ban male passengers from straddling motorcycles behind the (male) rider because it might promote homosexuality?

    Laugh ! Now don’t put thoughts in their minds. Maybe they haven’t yet thought of that.

    now, now! we all know that homosexuality doesn’t exist in muslim countries!

  12. “When you see a woman straddle, she looks like a man.”

    I’ve never been drunk or high enough that I can’t tell who’s a chick and who isn’t. Whatever this guy’s smoking, I want in.

  13. As an ex-motorcyclist I’m here to tell you that it is impossible to control a bike properly when riding side saddle,
    because a large part of the manoeuvring is done by the knees gripping the sides of the fuel tank.

    Pillion passenger leans forward pressing themselves against the drivers back (un-Islamic?) to maintain exact body coordination at all times, (un-Islamic again?) especially when cornering, and they steady themselves by having their feet firmly on the foot rests, and gripping the hand rail behind them.

    Riding side-saddle, whether or not ‘cultural’, is very dangerous, but perhaps the Taliban have decided that if they can’t control women they’ll have to kill them off.

    A modicum of scientific knowledge would teach them about centrifugal force; but of course that would be decadent Westernism.

  14. In reply to #24 by Stafford Gordon:

    As an ex-motorcyclist I’m here to tell you that it is impossible to control a bike properly when riding side saddle, because a large part of the manoeuvring is done by the knees gripping the sides of the fuel tank.Pillion passenger leans forward pressing themselves against the drivers back (un-Islamic?) to maintain exact body coordination at all times, (un-Islamic again?) especially when cornering, and they steady themselves by having their feet firmly on the foot rests, and gripping the hand rail behind them.Riding side saddle, whether or not ‘cultural’, is very dangerous, but perhaps the Taliban have decided that if they can’t control women they’ll have to kill them off.A modicum of scientific knowledge would teach them about centrifugal force; but of course that would be decadent Westernism.

  15. In reply to #24 by Stafford Gordon:

    As an ex-motorcyclist I’m here to tell you that it is impossible to control a bike properly when riding side saddle,
    because a large part of the manoeuvring is done by the knees gripping the sides of the fuel tank.

    Pillion passenger leans forward pressing themselves against the drivers back (un-Islamic?) to maintain exact body coordination at all times, (un-Islamic again?) especially when cornering, and they steady themselves by having their feet firmly on the foot rests, and gripping the hand rail behind them….

    As a past & occasionally present motorcyclist, I agree with you, especially the passenger leaning forward against my back, AND wrapping their hands around my midriff – so I know where they are, and for a better, consistent center-of-gravity during leaning, acceleration & braking. Also it’s better if they look to the side of my helmet that’s on the inside of the turn.

    There’s nothing scarier than a passenger lolling around when you are riding a bike – more so on very unstable scooters – and most important with a light rider & a heavy passenger!!

    Anyone who thinks that’s ‘uncool’ doesn’t ride with me. My last ride was on a 185hp Suzuki Huyabusa, and you don’t mess with mind-blowing missiles like that, even if you’re not trying.

    I wonder how these Aceh rules will work for a scooter/bike with a whole family on it, as I’ve seen pix of?

  16. When are they going to get around to just not allowing women out of the house at all unless they’re on a leash?

    This is just so over-the-top ridiculous. Does anything female really scare Muslim men so badly? Are they worried their dicks might somehow invert if a woman’s legs aren’t pasted together beneath her burqa at all times? Boo-friggety-hoo. Women should not only be straddling those motorbikes, they should be able to drive them while doing wheelies and going commando in a miniskirt if they so desire.

    I’d love to see women in these Muslim countries get so sick and tired of the misogynist bullshit that they beat the crap out of men like this mayor, the way some women in India, having had enough of that country’s rape culture, stripped and beat up a rapist.

  17. If they bundled her up in a bin liner and held her down with bungees so that she wouldn’t fall off that would be a good compromise then she’d look like a real muslim woman. Fecktards!

  18. Will they insist women walk sideways next? Or just throw a sheet over them and pretend they don’t exist?

    In reply to #2 by bootjangler:

    This is glaringly obvious that the religious are terrified of the vagina. Sit open-legged on a motorbike? No!
    It says more about them than they realise. Ridiculous.

  19. In reply to #28 by CdnMacAtheist:

    In reply to #24 by Stafford Gordon:As an ex-motorcyclist I’m here to tell you that it is impossible to control a bike properly when riding side saddle, because a large part of the manoeuvring is done by the knees gripping the sides of the fuel tank.Pillion passenger leans forward pressing themselves against the drivers back (un-Islamic?) to maintain exact body coordination at all times, (un-Islamic again?) especially when cornering, and they steady themselves by having their feet firmly on the foot rests, and gripping the hand rail behind them….As a past & occasionally present motorcyclist, I agree with you, especially the passenger leaning forward against my back, AND wrapping their hands around my midriff – so I know where they are, and for a better, consistent center-of-gravity during leaning, acceleration & braking. Also it’s better if they look to the side of my helmet that’s on the inside of the turn.There’s nothing scarier than a passenger lolling around when you are riding a bike – more so on very unstable scooters – and most important with a light rider & a heavy passenger!!Anyone who thinks that’s ‘uncool’ doesn’t ride with me. My last ride was on a 185hp Suzuki Huyabusa, and you don’t mess with mind-blowing missiles like that, even if you’re not trying.I wonder how these Aceh rules will work for a scooter/bike with a whole family on it, as I’ve seen pix of?

    Thanks for reminding me of the finer points of riding; it’s been a long time.

    S G

  20. The fastest and most intense orgasms for women are via mechanical vibrations straight to the clitoris. This must be an infuriating fact of biology to all bumbling, puritanical, sexually incompetent men. Sadly, instead of adapting their own behavior to accomodate this fact, they turn instead to persecution and abuse of women.

  21. In reply to #34 by LaurieB:

    The fastest and most intense orgasms for women are via mechanical vibrations straight to the clitoris. This must be an infuriating fact of biology to all bumbling, puritanical, sexually incompetent men. Sadly, instead of adapting their own behavior to accomodate this fact, they turn instead to persecution and abuse of women.

    Ahaaa. So really their new Rule should be that any woman on a motorbike must be standing up…. 8-)

  22. In reply to #33 by Stafford Gordon:

    In reply to #28 by CdnMacAtheist:

    In reply to #24 by Stafford Gordon:As an ex-motorcyclist I’m here to tell you that it is impossible to control a bike properly when riding side saddle, because a large part of the manoeuvring is done by the knees gripping the sides of the fuel tank.Pillion passenger leans forward pressing themselves against the drivers back (un-Islamic?) to maintain exact body coordination at all times, (un-Islamic again?) especially when cornering, and they steady themselves by having their feet firmly on the foot rests, and gripping the hand rail behind them….

    As a past & occasionally present motorcyclist, I agree with you, especially the passenger leaning forward against my back, AND wrapping their hands around my midriff – so I know where they are, and for a better, consistent center-of-gravity during leaning, acceleration & braking. Also it’s better if they look to the side of my helmet that’s on the inside of the turn. There’s nothing scarier than a passenger lolling around when you are riding a bike – more so on very unstable scooters – and most important with a light rider & a heavy passenger!! Anyone who thinks that’s ‘uncool’ doesn’t ride with me. My last ride was on a 185hp Suzuki Huyabusa, and you don’t mess with mind-blowing missiles like that, even if you’re not trying.

    I wonder how these Aceh rules will work for a scooter/bike with a whole family on it, as I’ve seen pix of?

    Thanks for reminding me of the finer points of riding; it’s been a long time. S G

    Hi SG. I learned while pillioning with my pal ‘Crazy Charlie’ on his modded 350 AJS around Loch Lomondside in the late ’60′s. I had a 125 BSA Bantam, and my big Bro had a 500 Triumph & a 1000 Ariel Square 4 with a chair – same as our Dad did when I was born….

    My UK Bros have 900 & 1200 bikes, and we still build & compete in race & rally car-type thingies… 8-) Mac.

  23. In reply to #34 by LaurieB:

    The fastest and most intense orgasms for women are via mechanical vibrations straight to the clitoris. This must be an infuriating fact of biology to all bumbling, puritanical, sexually incompetent men. Sadly, instead of adapting their own behavior to accomodate this fact, they turn instead to persecution and abuse of women.

    Not for Muslim women with devout mothers- FGM very popular with them!!

  24. well you have to excuse my country, we are so busy putting our energy and worker into keeping women’s leg than to do anything else, we’re those type of nation where we put the blame in woman for being raped instead of the rapist.

    there’s too much stupidity the people in our nation have to bear because our leader still using spiritual belief and religion as their shield in politics.

  25. Nodhimmi

    Yes, this is a very depressing problem that Muslim women must answer to. Their Muslim sisters are being mutilated against their will in an extremely cruel and painful way and until this problem is eliminated, they should all consider themselves to be complicit in this crime.

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