“If a woman drives a car, not out of pure necessity, that could have negative physiological impacts as functional and physiological medical studies show that it automatically affects the ovaries and pushes the pelvis upwards… That is why we find those who regularly drive have children with clinical problems of varying degrees”  Sheikh Saleh bin Saad al-Lohaidan (who he, anyway?), reported Reuters 30th September 2013.

Now, driving cars wasn’t a problem in the 19th century, but there were other feminist fights and critics, including this one:

“When we thus look the matter honestly in the face, it would seem plain that women are marked out by Nature for very different offices in life from those of men, and that the healthy performance of her special functions renders it improbable she will succeed, and unwise for her to persevere, in running over the same course at the same pace with him. For such a race she is certainly weighted unfairly. “

Henry Maudsley, June 1874.  The full transcript is here.  It’s depressing reading, as it shows how far we HAVEN’T come.  However, even Maudsley admits that “In the first years of life, girls and boys are much alike in mental and bodily character, the differences which are developed afterward being hardly more than intimated, although some have thought the girl’s passion for her doll evinces even at that time a forefeeling of her future functions” – note the “some have thought”…


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