Saudi Clerics Tell Women To Feed Their Breast Milk To Male Friends

Not that this kind of thing is restricted to Saudi – remember the New York City chef who’s serving his wife’s breast milk cheese? – but still! From AOL News:

Women in Saudi Arabia should give their breast milk to male colleagues and acquaintances in order to avoid breaking strict Islamic law forbidding mixing between the sexes, two powerful Saudi clerics have said. They are at odds, however, over precisely how the milk should be conveyed.

A fatwa issued recently about adult breast-feeding to establish “maternal relations” and preclude the possibility of sexual contact has resulted in a week’s worth of newspaper headlines in Saudi Arabia. Some have found the debate so bizarre that they’re calling for stricter regulations about how and when fatwas should be issued.

Sheikh Al Obeikan, an adviser to the royal court and consultant to the Ministry of Justice, set off a firestorm of controversy recently when he said on TV that women who come into regular contact with men who aren’t related to them ought to give them their breast milk so they will be considered relatives.

“The man should take the milk, but not directly from the breast of the woman,” Al Obeikan said, according to Gulf News. “He should drink it and then becomes a relative of the family, a fact that allows him to come in contact with the women without breaking Islam’s rules about mixing.”…

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  • Cnmandfamily

    For reals? I am appauled. So they think women can just turn that sh*t on and off like a hose? I dont lactate, sheesh! Shouldnt their religious leaders at least APPEAR to be smart?

    • gil

      Maybe you should! Now shut up and feed me, unruly minor human! Let us become of kin! Bring me a cup of some of your warm, white, breast-juice goodness at once! :D

      Give them a break, they're trying to show the world they're not entirely intolerant.
      Starting with lactose.

    • http://writingessays.wordpress.com/ dingbot

      Many women breastfeed their adopted children. It is not necessary for a woman to be pregnant or even to take any medication in order to start lactating. All you need is a constant sucking motion on your nipples for more than 30 minutes each day. A couple of months of this and you'll be producing more than a pint of milk a day, more than enough for the afternoon tea.

  • GoodDoktorBad

    Now every woman is your Mom if you drink her breast milk?

    Udderly ridiculous!

    • milk-eyed mender

      One of the funny things about culture is that common sense for one is ridiculous for another. There is an established idea in islam that if you breastfeed a child then you are kin (not a mother, though, don't know where you get that from). This seems ridiculous to you because genealogy is overwhelmingly constructed as being biological in the United States (and elsewhere, obviously), adoption and the concept of a 'blood brother' being seen as anachronistic. However, it does strike me as a bit of fudge to take this into the adult stage. But clearly what it is designed to do is to ritualistically/symbolically shape the transgender relationship into something safe. So you can see it as ridiculous, or you can see it as a really creative way to increase the flexibility of gender relations while ensuring that they remain safe. The ritualistic exchange of bodily fluids is obviously not limited to Islam, and don't all traditions or modifications of traditions start out as inherently ridiculous?

      • GoodDoktorBad

        I used the word mother only because they used the phrase “matronly relations” in the article.

        Frankly I just wanted to make up the word “udderly” in silly reference to breasts….

        A joke explained is probably not funny, just rididculous…

      • emperorreagan

        I will happily suckle at any woman's breast in the interest of cultural sensitivity!

  • Hadrian999

    wow, never thought i'd find mself agreeing with a fatwa lol

  • oman28

    The human being is the only mammal that, once weaned off mothers milk then promptly leaps onto the udder of a completely different species.
    Cows milk is for cows, human milk is for humans whose teeth haven't developed enough to chew food.

    • Dmitry

      That’s only because the other species were out of milk after weaning and aren’t intelligent enough to figure out how to obtain more. People enjoy milk. Whoopity do.  Don’t think other species enjoy milk from a cow? Try this experiment: put a saucer of milk in front of a cat and see if they don’t drink it.  They’d get more if they knew how.  Now go put some water on your grape nuts and let me know how good it is.

  • oman28

    The human being is the only mammal that, once weaned off mothers milk then promptly leaps onto the udder of a completely different species.
    Cows milk is for cows, human milk is for humans whose teeth haven't developed enough to chew food.

  • http://writingessays.wordpress.com/ dingbot

    Many women breastfeed their adopted children. It is not necessary for a woman to be pregnant or even to take any medication in order to start lactating. All you need is a constant sucking motion on your nipples for more than 30 minutes each day. A couple of months of this and you’ll be producing more than a pint of milk a day, more than enough for the afternoon tea.

  • Dmitry

    That’s only because the other species were out of milk after weaning and aren’t intelligent enough to figure out how to obtain more. People enjoy milk. Whoopity do.  Don’t think other species enjoy milk from a cow? Try this experiment: put a saucer of milk in front of a cat and see if they don’t drink it.  They’d get more if they knew how.  Now go put some water on your grape nuts and let me know how good it is.