#BBCtrending: The political gender spat that sparked endless memes in Jordan

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The Jordanian parliament is no stranger to screaming matches but a recent incident was so controversial that it provoked people to poke fun at their MPs online.

Earlier this week, during a heated argument over the Muslim Brotherhood, independent MP Yehia al-Saud was cut off by one of his female colleagues, Hind al-Fayez.

"Sit down Hind!" al-Saud yelled several times.

When al-Fayez ignored him, al-Saud turned his gaze and hands upwards and shouted "May God have his revenge on whoever brought quota to this parliament!" - a reference to female parliamentary quotas.

Local media reported that al-Saud later made another comment that women were created to put on make-up and cook for their husbands.

Videos of the incident have had over a million views on Facebook and YouTube, and were quickly followed by sarcastic comments and memes.

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Image caption "I said Sit down Hind!"
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Image caption "Sit down hind, siiiiiiiiit down"
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Image caption "I'm not going to sit down"

The Arabic hashtag "Sit down Hind" mocking the MPs also became popular in Jordan.

"I love our parliament! They make up for lost comedy TV that I don't have time for..!" a young Jordanian tweeted.

But it wasn't all fun and jokes. A serious conversation about respecting differences of opinion and women's representation in the parliament also cropped up online.

"They both failed to understand what constitutes a dialogue," one woman tweeted.

"Al-Saud's attack on women's quota represents a society's mentality," tweeted another female Jordanian. "His problem is not a personal one with Hind but with but an issue with her being a woman."

Al-Fayez and her female counterparts demanded an apology for al-Saud's comments.

"This is not just an attack on the quota system," female MP Wafa Bani Mustafa told BBC Trending, "this is an insult to all women MPs - even the ones who got in through regular voting."

A quota was instituted in Jordanian parliament in 2003. Fifteen out of 104 seats are currently reserved for females, although other women can be elected in openly competitive seats - currently there are a total of 18 women in parliament.

Reporting by Mai Noman

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