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Ladies: No Straddling Men on Motorcycles


In January, Lhokseumawe City, Indonesia, drafted new ordinances, including one prohibiting women from riding motorcycles with their legs straddling male drivers, since that would “provoke” them. A proponent said the ban honored women “because they are delicate creatures.” Immediately, some authorities denounced the legislation, pointing out that riding “side saddle” is much more dangerous in cases of sudden swerves and collisions. As of press time, the mayor hadn't decided whether to implement the ordinance.

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