Turkish Women Defy “No Public Laughter” Speech


One of the Many Selfies That Can Be Found With #direnkahkaha

Turkish women have bravely been defying an absurd speech from Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc.  In the speech, Arinc hits out against “moral corruption” and argues that women should not laugh in public.  His argument is that laughter is too “inviting” and doesn’t protect a woman’s “chasteness”.

The reaction from Turkish women has been inspiring, as #direnkahkaha (resist, laugh) has spread throughout Instagram and Twitter, with women taking pictures of themselves laughing in public.  Arinc’s speech has been rightfully slammed, with one opposition leader saying, “we need the laugh the happy laughter of women.”


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