Decision To Allow Women To Exercise Splits Saudi Twitterati

Young Indian Muslim women take part in a workout at a gymnasium in Ahmedabad on May 6, 2008. Some 25 young Muslim girls from orthodox middle class families regularly take lessons on aerobics, yoga, exercise, karate and weightlifting for three hours each afternoon in the western Indian city

Saudi Twitter users have launched the hashtag #marry_sporty_girl in response to a government decision to introduce physical education in girls’ school, which has been fiercely debated in the ultraconservative kingdom.

Bader tweeted: “If she exercises at home, I’ll marry her. If she practices sports outdoors, I won.”

“And what if a woman refused to marry you fat men? Would you disparage your own ugly bodies?” Darawi tweeted, and received a barrage of negative responses.

One person replied:”The problem isn’t in the body, it’s in the head.”

“Would you rather marry someone who suffers from high blood pressure, overweight, and cardiac problems? There is a blessing in exercise, you primitives,” another wrote.

Sara trolled many of the hashtag users when she asked: “The question that needs to be asked is whether that young woman would agree to marry a fat man like you.”

They were, in turn defensive: “I’m not fat,” wrote one. Another said: “What’s wrong with my tummy?” and congratulated her for a “spot-on” comeback.

Reema tweeted on behalf of women: “A sporty girl is an attractive girl, good-looking, and certainly better than you men, with your disgusting pants.”


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