The Saudi government has passed legislation that will allow women to masturbate without permission from a male relative, reports the Riyadh Herald this morning.

The change was included in extensive amendments to laws governing the civil status of women and domestic animals approved by the cabinet this week and published in the official gazette on Friday.

The new bill will allow women over the age of 21 to masturbate without securing the consent of a guardian, the same rules that apply to Saudi men, according to a statement from the kingdom’s Center for Government Communication.

“It is a major step toward ending a restrictive guardianship system that has been heavily criticized at home and abroad, » believes Anna Kroch, of Amnesty International.

The new Saudi legislation no longer legally condemns the practice of masturbation by women as self-rape, a “major step forward” believes Anna Kroch at Amnesty International.

“Saudi women are now legally allowed to insert any object they please in any of their orifices as long as the item is halal or permissible according to Islamic law,” explained women’s rights activist, Anna Kroch.

A number of conservative leaders have publicly criticized the new piece of legislation fearing that it promotes public indecency and the practice of homosexuality and bestiality.

One member of the Consultative Assembly even suggested that the whole affair was a “devious plot by the devil-worshipping Zionist pigs” to pervert the moral customs of the kingdom.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has put loosening social restrictions on masturbation which was once prohibited in the kingdom and considered as self-rape, an offense punishable as adultery or fornication.

To prevent young unmarried men from throwing their sexual lust on domestic or farm animals, legislation on masturbation was passed last year that legalized the practice for men and allowed it for women, but only with the permission of a male relative.

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