The administration of Lhokseumawe, Aceh, is planning to issue a bylaw banning women from straddling motorcycles, arguing that the practice is “improper” in a province governed by Islamic law. Lhokseumawe Mayor Suaidi Yahya said that women should sit sideways on motorcycles, with their legs dangling off to one side. ….
According to Yusuf, straddling a motorcycle could make the curves of a woman’s body visibly clearer. “Showing the curves of a woman’s body is against Sharia,” Yusuf said.
So the feeling is that woman look more like men when they straddle a motorbike, and this is against Islamic Law – women looking like men. The solution? Make women ride the bike sidesaddle. I cannot help but wonder if such a technique will now be required for men and women having sex – I mean …. some straddling happens there too, and I would not want the men of Aceh city to fall under the illusion that they are having sex with other men as their partner does some straddling. I highly suspect homosexuality is also illegal in Aceh city! Of couse, there are other sexual positions, but you can see how ridiculous this law is.