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Turkish Women Laugh at Official Who Doesn't Want Them to Laugh

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:58:08 +0000

iStock/Thinkstock(ANKARA, Turkey) -- Thanks to a bizarre remark made earlier this week by a leading government official, women in Turkey have a lot to laugh about these days.

They've been posting photos of themselves on social media smiling and laughing in response to Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc's contention that women who laugh out loud in public have contributed to the country's moral decline.

Essentially, Arinc tried to link a woman's laughter with being loose sexually.

Trying to quell the uproar, the Turkish official explained Wednesday that he was only referring to "good manners" and was only opposed to women who "laugh artificially."

Well, that didn't do the trick as the volume of women who posted pictures of themselves not only increased in Turkey Wednesday but from those around the world who are in solidarity with Turkish women.

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