A video shared on Twitter by Turkey’s high non secular authority to warn in opposition to cell phone habit has triggered accusations of sexism and stirred debate about gender equality.
The Presidency of Spiritual Affairs’ (Diyanet) video, launched on 6 November, exhibits a girl serving tea to her husband, who’s seen gazing his cell phone with out being attentive to her.
She additionally brings him two items of cake and a fork as he drinks his tea and appears unaware of her presence.
After sitting on a settee subsequent to her husband, she texts him: “If solely you paid extra consideration to your spouse!”
The husband then sits subsequent to her and shares his cake. A caption reads: “Do not take a look at your telephone. Have a look at your spouse’s face as a substitute!”
‘Not home slaves’
The video prompted anger on social media about its portrayal of the function of ladies in Turkey, which ranked 130 out of 149 nations within the World Financial Discussion board’s 2018 Gender Hole Report.
“The girl brings tea. The girl brings cake. When will we utterly destroy these stereotypical function fashions? Particularly this present day… The yr is 2019,” journalist Menekse Tokyay tweeted on 6 November.
“For my part, the ugliness right here isn’t just that the person is continually his telephone. It’s also that he’s having the the lady continuously serve him. I hope this essential message from the Diyanet is in opposition to this male-dominated tradition too,” wrote commentator Mustafa Akyol.
Booker Prize-nominated Turkish creator Elif Shafak has additionally joined the controversy, interesting to Turkish girls to reject the message.
Skip Twitter submit by @Elif_Safak
Pricey younger girls of Turkey, please simply ignore this totally ridiculous and sexist video posted by the Directorate of Spiritual Affairs to indicate an excellent Turkish household (ultimately). You aren’t home slaves. Sufficient of this patriarchal nonsense t.co/muxsrzuGML @t24comtr
— Elif Şafak / Elif Shafak (@Elif_Safak) November 6, 2019
Turkish feminist group Mor Dayanisma shared an altered display screen shot of the video on its Instagram account on 7 November, quoting the spouse as saying: “Do not take a look at your telephone, stand up and pour your individual tea.”
‘Open to criticism’
Hours after the video was launched, Diyanet head Ali Erbas mentioned the authority “was open to criticism”.
“However it’s upsetting when the criticism turns into insults and assaults,” he tweeted. It was not clear if he was referring to the criticism over the video.
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Different commentators praised the video, which was launched as a part of a collection of family-themed clips. Turkey’s ultra-conservative Yeni Akit newspaper hailed the video as “significant” on its web site.
“I actually preferred it. We have to be attentive. Ladies and men [should] nurture one another in all types of the way. That is the one manner for marriage to endure,” mentioned one Twitter consumer.
Professional-government columnist Hilal Kaplan took goal at critics of the video, suggesting that feminism mustn’t look down on girls who selected to be housewives.
Some pointed to divorce charges in Turkey, which have risen lately based on the nation’s official statistics company.
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“[People ask] why divorce charges are going up. This is likely one of the causes. There isn’t any dialog together with your partner, no consideration,” one other Twitter consumer mentioned.
Turkey based the Diyanet in 1924, a yr after the institution of the Republic of Turkey, to handle all mosques and oversee non secular training.
The non secular affairs authority usually comes below hearth from authorities critics as a result of its increasing funds below President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
President Erdogan has usually mentioned he goals to “increase non secular generations”.
The Diyanet triggered controversy in 2018 when it mentioned ladies as younger as 9 might marry.
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