An Indonesian official is facing possible sanctions Thursday after she warned women they could get pregnant by swimming in a pool where a man with “strong sperm” had ejaculated.
Sitti Hikmawatty, a child protection commission member, drew controversy and online ridicule after her unscientific comments to a major media outlet last week.
“In a swimming pool, there’s a certain kind of sperm that is very strong,” Hikmawatty told Tribunnews.com during a video interview about teen pregnancies.
“If a person is aroused and ejaculates (in the pool) a pregnancy can happen even though there is no sexual penetration.”
Online, some men pledged to buy condoms before heading to the pool, while a picture of shark-shaped sperm closing in on a female swimmer — parodying a poster for the 1975 movie Jaws — went viral.