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Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. (ADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. (ADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Echo chamber

Turkey’s president, ever the sexist, says childless women are “deficient”

By WITW Staff on June 6, 2016

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan just can’t seem to stop talking these days, and the more nonsense that tumbles out of his mouth, the more sexist he reveals himself to be. His latest remarks came during an address at Turkey’s Women and Democracy Association, where he tried to express support for career women, but instead undermined his own premise by saying women who don’t have children are “deficient” and “incomplete.” He went further, adding that women who don’t have kids are “denying their femininity,” according to The Independent. Erdogan added, “The fact that a woman is attached to her professional life should not prevent her from being a mother.” The remarks echo a statement Erdogan made in March in which he angered many by saying that women are mothers “above all.” Of course, that remark is but one in a long line of comments in which Erdogan has established that he doesn’t view men and women as equals — creating a veritable echo chamber of sexism from the head of state that goes back to last June when women literally turned their backs on him in public, and well beyond.

Read the full story at the BBC.


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