Have Saudi Scientists Concluded that Women Are Mammals but Still Not 100% Human?

According to a report being shared via social media and the blogosphere, a panel of Saudi scientists has concluded that women are actually mammals rather than just objects. Supposedly, the finding has been hailed as a great leap forward for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia.

Brief Analysis:
The report is a work of fiction. No Saudi panel of scientists has made any such announcement. The story comes via the notorious fake-news website World News Daily Report (WNDR) and is apparently intended to be satirical. Nothing published on WNDR should be taken seriously. (For the record, all humans are indeed mammals.)

SAUDI ARABIA: PANEL OF SCIENTISTS ADMITS WOMEN ARE MAMMALS, YET ‘NOT HUMAN’Riyadh | In an unprecedented ruling, a panel of Saudi scientists has concluded that women are actually mammals, granting them the same rights as other mammal species such as camels, dromedaries and even goats.
Woman Are Mammals Fake News Post

Detailed Analysis:
According to a report that is currently traversing the interwebs causing consternation and contempt as it travels, a panel of scientists have concluded that women are actually mammals, not just objects as previously thought. The conclusion has been hailed as a significant leap forward for women’s rights in the region given that women will now be afforded the same rights as other mammals such as camels.  But, notes the story, despite the change in stance,  women are still far from being considered 100% human and are still thought to be devoid of a soul.

But, in fact, the report is utter nonsense. No scientific panel in Saudi Arabia or anywhere else has announced any such conclusion. The story comes via World News Daily Report (WNDR), a site notorious for churning out seemingly endless streams of utter drivel disguised as news. Nothing published on the site should be taken seriously. WNDR includes the following disclaimer under its About Us menu:

WNDR assumes however all responsibility for the satirical nature of its articles and for the fictional nature of their content. All characters appearing in the articles in this website – even those based on real people –  are entirely fictional and any resemblance between them and any persons, living, dead, or undead is purely a miracle.

WNDR presents its fictional material in news format and the above disclaimer does not appear on the actual pages where the site’s reports are published. Thus, many visitors tend to think that the stories are true and share them in good faith.

Given the amount of nonsensical and inflammatory material that bombards our social media feeds and email inboxes, it is wise to verify any ‘news’ stories that come your way before you share them. If you take some key words or phrases from such stories and plug them into a news search such as that offered by Google News, you will usually quickly discover if the story is true.

Finally, it hardly needs to be said that the claim that women are mammals is actually true. Of course, all humans, both male and female, are mammals.

Last updated: March 11, 2016
First published: March 11, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen
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