(CNSNews.com) – Men who are easily distracted by “the mere sight of a woman's thigh” should be banned from driving, says a petition posted on the White House website.
The petition, entitled “Prohibit Straight Men From Driving,’ was posted on May 26 by someone in Illinois and has more than 12,000 signatures to date. It needs 100,000 signatures by June 25 to merit a response from the White House.
“In many public schools, there are dress codes that prohibit students from wearing tank-tops, tube tops, and shorts that are deemed ‘too short,’ as these could distract male students,” the petition reads. “If men can be this easily distracted by women's bodies, then this raises a variety of safety concerns.
“Many busy highways have billboards that use sexually suggestive imagery of women's bodies,” the petition reads. “Women also often go about their everyday lives near roadways wearing tank-tops and short shorts.
“If straight men (and men of other sexual orientations who are attracted to women) can be distracted by the mere sight of a woman's thigh, then it is a public safety hazard to allow them to operate vehicles that weigh thousands of pounds at up to 75mph past these inevitable distractions,” the petition reads.
Billed as a platform to give all Americans “a way to engage their government on the issues that matter to them,” the White House online petition page has proved very popular since its launch in 2011, even attracting the attention of activists overseas.
As the Associated Press recently reported, Malaysians have complained to the White House about election fraud in their country, Chinese activists have revived the case of a college student poisoned 18 years ago, and activists in other nations also have vented frustrations that get no consideration back home.
To post a petition on “We the People,” petition filers must be 13 or older, no “obscene, vulgar, or lewd material” is allowed, and “threats of unlawful violence” and advertising are banned.
Most of the petitions deal with serious, if obscure, topics, but silliness is not a disqualifier: A petition to “recount” votes in the 2012 election has more than 73,000 signatures, while a plea to “recognize acupuncturist as healthcare providers” has more than 29,000.