Mugabe: Equality Violates Women’s Rights

Robert Mugabe, the insane leader of Zimbabwe, spoke recently at a conference on AIDS and delivered a bizarre, rambling diatribe. It’s hard to make out exactly what he’s saying, but he clearly thinks that homosexuality violates the rights of women by robbing them of the ability to have children.

After earlier remarks by UN human rights chief Navi Pillay referring to the criminalization of homosexuality in some countries, Mugabe said Zimbabwe and Africa won’t recognize same-sex marriage because it leads to human “extinction.”

He said male homosexuality took away women’s traditional rights of being mothers.

Homosexuality is illegal in Zimbabwe.

Mugabe, who has repeatedly described same-sex partners as “lower than dogs and pigs,” has vowed not to allow gay rights to be included in a new constitution being drafted.

“Mothers were given the talent to bear children. That talent doesn’t belong to men,” he said.

“When God created Adam … if Adam had desired a person like him it would not have made him any happier,” Mugabe said.

“When a man says he wants to get married to another man, we in Zimbabwe don’t accept it. We can’t talk of women’s rights at all if we go in that direction. It will lead to extinction,” he said.

Apparently the concept of some women being gay is beyond him.


  1. Alverant says

    *sarcasm on*
    Naw Ed, lesibans just need to be raped until they’re straight.
    *sarcasm off*

  2. valhar2000 says

    Apparently the concept of some women being gay is beyond him.

    I’ve noticed that this is often the case with wingnuts. I’m not sure if it’s caused by their obsession with anal sex, or by their disregard for women in general.

  3. StevoR says

    @ ^ valhar2000 : Probably both.

    Mugabe is, well, one of the most evil and crazy dictators on the planet – which is saying quite a lot given the amount of competition.

  4. imrryr says

    Robert Mugabe is 88 years old? Good lord, how much longer must the people of Zimbabwe suffer?

  5. Gregory in Seattle says

    It is not that all men would give up women if homosexuality wasn’t a capital offense, just that he would give up women.

    I really have to wonder about his obsession with gay men.

  6. Gregory in Seattle says

    “Apparently the concept of some women being gay is beyond him.”

    Fact: The people who obsess about gay sex are overwhelmingly men.

    Fact: Many homophobes have homosexual feelings, have difficulty accepting those feelings and, as a result, generalize and externalize their self-loathing.

    I would conclude that they ignore gay women because they are not terrified that they themselves are gay women.

  7. uncephalized says

    It seems to me that the remaining straight men should have no complaints about any surplus of women running around desperate for babies, if this idea were true anyway.

  8. says

    Cross-culturally, there is often a double standard with regards to homosexuality. In many cultures, both male and female homosexuality is condemned etc. In others, male homosexuality is condemned, while absolutely nothing is done concerning female homosexuality.

    This site puts it as follows:

    There is a curious double standard in regards to anti-homosexual laws–they do not always apply to lesbians. This may be due to the fact that the existence of female homosexuality is less likely to be socially acknowledged or that it is considered acceptable behavior, at least in private.

    WP reports that the same double standard exists with regards to laws outlawing homosexuality; in some cases, male homosexuality is illegal while female homosexuality is not.

    I have no idea why this double standard exists.

  9. sivivolk says

    Still with this peculiar idea that allowing male homosexuality would lead to men stopping having sex with women and wiping out the human species.

  10. nimsudo says

    Most homophobes are also misogynists. Misogynists don’t consider women actual people. One of the ways this expresses itself is that most misogynists don’t consider women to have any desires; desires being a quality that people have, not objects like women. Thus women don’t have any innate desire for sex. Women, to misogynists, are merely labor saving devices that can be used to aid in chores, produce useful products (i.e. children), project status, and are occasionally fun to stick your dick into. (Seen in this light, the reason misogynists seek to treat women as chattel is obvious: women aren’t fundamentally different than sheep in this view.)

    From the viewpoint that women lack desires, lesbianism is unthinkable. First, it requires not one but two women to have desires of a sexual nature. Second, it requires those sexual desires to be expressed in a way that only satisfies the desires of the women and not a man, through sexual gratification, child-bearing, or titillation. Such things are unthinkable to a misogynist, so they merely deny the existence of Lesbians; if they consider the matter at all.

  11. valhar2000 says

    #13: Actually, in my experience, they do not deny the existence of lesbians at all, it’s just that they don’t think about them unless they are forced to (e.g. by someone bringing the topic up).

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