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Islamic cleric bans women from touching bananas, cucumbers for sexual resemblance

Thank you, John Mueller, for the following article, which is sadly hilarious:

An Islamic cleric in Europe says that women should avoid bananas, cucumbers, zucchini and other phallic fruits and vegetables. They may arouse sexual thoughts and that would be horrible.
Bikamasr reported, via ROP:

An Islamic cleric residing in Europe said that women should not be close to bananas or cucumbers, in order to avoid any “sexual thoughts.”

The unnamed sheikh, who was featured in an article on el-Senousa news, was quoted saying that if women wish to eat these food items, a third party, preferably a male related to them such as their a father or husband, should cut the items into small pieces and serve.

He said that these fruits and vegetables “resemble the male penis” and hence could arouse women or “make them think of sex.”

He also added carrots and zucchini to the list of forbidden foods for women.

The sheikh was asked how to “control” women when they are out shopping for groceries and if holding these items at the market would be bad for them. The cleric answered saying this matter is between them and God.

And what about the poor Moslem men, handling peaches, grapefruits, pomegranates . . . . . . ? Ah yes, between them and God.

You can read the entire article in it’s origin by clicking BIKYAMASR HERE

December 8, 2011 - Posted by | Cultural, Food, Shopping, Women's Issues | ,


  1. I just showed my wife this post, her reaction was “oh my God!”

    Comment by Brian Bigelow | December 8, 2011 | Reply

  2. The truth is, Brian, that most Moslems would have the same reaction. We all have our extremists 🙂 It just always cracks me up when religious clerics try to control people’s thoughts – like the Victorian draping piano legs so men would not get distracted by thoughts of sex. Lord, have mercy!

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 8, 2011 | Reply

  3. Makes you wonder it this cleric has the same problem–vegetables make him want sex with a man?!?

    Comment by momcat | December 9, 2011 | Reply

  4. I think it’s brilliant! What it means is that men will have to do the shopping, the chopping and the cooking and serve it to the women. For the win!

    Comment by Aafke-Art | December 9, 2011 | Reply

  5. Obviously, Unnamed Islamic Cleric sure has given it a lot of thought. He is probably the #1 cucumber caresser….

    I don’t know about you girls, but I get totally horny just thinking about salad. That long stroll through the produce department really does it for me.

    Sorry, but in this part of the world, they should really place more emphasis in a mandate on Vienna sausages or gerkin pickles. Just sayin….

    Comment by Desert Girl | December 9, 2011 | Reply

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