This where the pedal hits the metal, if women are not granted equal protections and rights, then any talk of democracy is just talk. The government can not fall into line with the thinking that women invited rape, or that they should not and can not do certain jobs. They can not because laws prevent them from acting in those capacities.
Thursday July 11, 2013, 2:12 pm
I don't know, I was in Egypt, left just before the riots in the square and my last place visiting was staying right next to the square in the huge city. I had been visiting all along the Nile in poor areas and Cities. I did not wear a scarf, had long blonde hair and was not always walking around with anyone else. Before I left for Egypt I read all the scary stuff like this article and was actually so scared to go I shook for hours before I left. But what I saw, everywhere I went was less harassment of the women or me than I see in the USA, actually I did not see any. I also would like yo all to know that there was much more people from all over the world there than you see here and all seemed to get along just fine. another thing, I saw no problems with the Christians and Muslims, Churches right next to each other. Only thing I heard of was way down south a very small town had a problem because two families with kids who wanted to marry and one was Christian and one Muslim and the families were upset, but the police got it under control. USA media however made a huge thing of it. After I left USA news made a big thing about a Christian Church bomb, but never mentioned that the Muslim Church next to it also had damage. What I am saying is it seemed to be no different there than here, no wait actually a little better. You can site incidents and make it sound different, but we have a lot here too. I am not saying it never happens, just that lets all realize that our press and those with agendas can make anything sound worse than it is sometimes.
Friday July 12, 2013, 10:32 am
Yvonne...I've been in Egypt, walked with uncovered hair, by myself, etc.
Here's the thing...Egypt is unique in Muslim countries because it's had so many decades of foreign tourism. I'm not sure if they're still in place since the revolution but for many years, Egypt had TOURIST POLICE...whose job was to be invisible while protecting tourists from any kind of harassment. You never saw them...but they watched YOU and locals knew it.
Try going into the countryside in Jordan. Go shopping in Zanzibar and see how you're treated or go to the Muslim areas of Kenya, Tanzania. Spend some time on Lamu Island and try to enjoy the beach outside your hotel in a bathing suit.
As western women, we have NO IDEA what's behind those clenched smiles (or the scowls) we get when traveling unescorted, uncovered and freely in so many Islamic countries.
Friday July 12, 2013, 11:35 am
I have never been ti any Muslim countries, so I really do not kn ow, but I do know that no woman should be allowed to be raped just because she is protesting for her rights or for any reason. Women world wide must stick together, because they are after our rights everywhere, right here i the USA
Friday July 12, 2013, 6:53 pm
I'm all for protecting Egyptian women and women everywhere from sexual harassment, but quite frankly, I'd like to start at home.
We currently have a group of lunatics in our Congress who are trying to take women back to the time, where this intimidation will run rampant, here, again. They are fearful of the competition, women bring to their lives, in politics and in the home.
Controlling women and their lives, is what this is all about, with our conservative Congressmen. Now, if this doesn't keep you up at night, I suggest that the GOP deserves you and vise versa.
Personally, I prefer people who can think for themselves, make their own decisions, and are willing to accept the responsibilities that come with those decisions.
In other words, I prefer to congregate with grown-ups.
Saturday July 13, 2013, 8:26 am
Bridget W. and some others, please read my comment. Those who choose to wear scarves. Go to a mall there and you will see, and in the streets as well. Unless you have been to some of these countries, do not believe everything you read please. Traveling through Jordan and Egypt, the only time I wore a scarf was visiting inside of a Mosque, out of respect, I have long blonde hair and sometimes traveled about by myself, never a second look or comment.
Saturday July 13, 2013, 8:40 am
Pam, ah but yes I did travel around in Jordan in poor areas, spent time with Bedouins in their homes etc, and by myself. And you are wrong. I talked to many of the men about their views as well. The problem, like here, is that there are extremists everywhere, and they get the most press and are louder, not necessarily the majority. If you can say you actually traveled alone and to all the places you mentioned, I have a few comments on that. The scowls you may have gotten are about the fact that you looked like a rich tourist, and they are extremely poor. Just how many men did you talk to on this subject? As for the Tourist police in market places, well they are very visible. I traveled through Jordan and Egypt, but had no money, my trip was paid for by my mother, when talking to people in poor areas and towns unvisited by tourists I would have to say you do not know what you are talking about as you presented yourself as a TOURIST. I do agree there are areas and countries you find a more radical faction however, but as riots have proven the majority does not like this.