saudi adult breastfeeding

August 20, 2010 § Leave a comment

I don’t like to call another culture weird…but this is just weird.

The strict Wahhabi version of Islam that governs modern Saudi Arabia forbids women from mixing with men who are not relatives; however, if a woman breastfed a male child before he was 2 years old, when he grows into a man, she is permitted to come into contact with him with her face uncovered, because he is considered a relative.  It is not uncommon for sisters, for example, to breastfeed their nephews so they and their daughters will not have to cover their faces in front of them later in life. The custom is called being a “breast milk sibling.”

Well, a fatwa was recently issued stating that women who come into regular contact with men who aren’t related to them — such as colleagues or acquaintances — ought to give them their breast milk so they will be considered relatives, in order to establish “maternal relations” and preclude the possibility of sexual contact.

One sheik says the milk should be given in a glass; another says the man should suckle directly from the woman’s breasts.

Um.  What?

Read the full article here.

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