Menopause … according to Islam
If you have not heard about Menopausegate yet but it’s all about a Saudi cleric who mixed with unveiled women at a Kuwait conference on International Women’s Day and defended his action saying “because the women were menopausal, he was not violating Islamic law” .
But apparently Islamic law, which covers menopause, says ”a woman must be post-menopausal, no longer interested in men and announce it herself”.
So some of them did. Or at least the opposite. At least part of it. They announced they were not menopausal. His response? ”You are post-menopausal whether you admit it or not.”
Underlying all the hoo-hah here is the “whether you admit it or not”.
Are women willing to admit they are post-menopausal? Has any friend ever rung you up and said “Hey guess what? It’s over!”. Could you buy a greeting card saying “Happy Menopause” to send her? Would she even want to recieve it if you could?
Even those celebrities would are ready to allude to the event do so many years later when the math of it all makes their declaration a self-evident truth that barely needs verbalizing.
For all those menofeminists claiming menopause is out of the closet and up for public debate, the event in a specific woman’s life remains, like puberty, a private event. And so it should be.