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EGYPT: Women Targeted in Tahrir Square

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It is becoming increasingly uncomfortable to be female or foreign in Cairo's Tahrir Square, birthplace of the January 2011 Egyptian revolution.

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pam w (139)
Friday June 15, 2012, 9:52 pm
Sorry, Cal...this is SO PREDICTABLE! I'm very sorry for ANYONE female in these countries.

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 4:06 am
thank you for post

. (0)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 6:19 am
I have been to Egypt many times and have always found the Egyptian people to be tolerant and welcoming - my wife and I were welcomed in Cairo and treated with respect, we returned the coutesy by dressing modestly. It is such a shame that these people are now being stired up in this way, indeed reports of returning to a war like stance with Israel seems possible. At the end of the day it will be the ordinary Egyptian person who will lose out; Egypt's earnings from tourism are substantial and although a significant part of it is taken by the foreign owners of the hotels (almost every well known western hotel chain is represented in the tourist areas) ordinary people are employed there are earn a better living than they would otherwise achieve. I'm really sad for Egypt and its' people, I sincerely hope that they find a peaceful way forward whilst that is till available.

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 6:28 am

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 6:33 am
Sorry, comment on wrong article. Sad the misinformed people can cause such havoc, thankfully some are standing up for what is right.

. (0)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 2:05 pm
As the ousted President lays in a prison cell, watching, listening to what he brought to Egypt, slowing burning...
As history is written, Egypt's contribution to the 21st century will be gross stupidity, ignorance.

. (7)
Saturday June 16, 2012, 8:29 pm
"Kassab believes the assaults are taking place at two levels. Some, she said, are “Egyptian men who are sexually frustrated on a personal level due to not being able to marry before earning enough to pay for a home and wedding amidst Egypt’s high unemployment levels. They have also been emasculated under Mubarak’s regime and they look for weak targets to make them feel empowered."

This is typical Arab victimology at work. Give me a break. It's not the men's fault, it's Mubarak's, right? He didn't give Egyptians enough jobs so they can't marry and they're sexually frustrated and emasculated.

Did Mubarak make the rule that you can't get married if you don't have the money? No. It's part of the Arab-Muslim culture. If these guys lived in a different culture where it would be okay to have premarital sex or marry when you're poor ANYWAY, then the stupid jerks wouldn't have the problem or excuse.

So Mubarak "emasculated" the men. Oh really? Just how did he do it? So if something Mubarak did was actually responsible for the men's behavior, does it MAKE SENSE TO HURT THE WOMEN or animals, like Muslims do all across the Middle East? No of course not. misogyny rules and picking on people and animals that are less powerful is the NORM in this culture. It's been going on for thousands of years.

But now they have Mubarak to blame it on. God forbid they should look at their own behavior and be accountable. That's why it's going to be an eternity till Egyptians pull themselves out of their own morass, because only a minority have the courage, fortitude and mental and emotional freedom to look at their situation and take responsibility.

I don't have any love for Mubarak, but it's really a stretch to make him the scapegoat. Notice none of these guys EVER takes responsibility for their own behaivor. SO TYPICAL.

These people are going to be

Vivien Green (153)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 8:05 am
Thank you Cal I have contacted a female friend who lives in Cairo to get your perception on this news article.

Vivien Green (153)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 8:18 am
Thank you Cal I have contacted a female friend who lives in Cairo to get her comment about this situation.

Terri Hughes (416)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 12:55 pm
This is HORRIBLE, these women should not be treated like this. They should hang everyone of these men. But, if they where REAL men they would not being doing this!!!!

Vivien Green (153)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 2:45 pm
Please see my friend Helen Dayem's comment underneath the original news article.

Ira Herson (13)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 9:19 pm
Just wait till the Islamic Brotherhood takes over. Women will be safe and secure.... as long as they know their place.

Edith B (146)
Sunday June 17, 2012, 9:29 pm
I had always thought of Egypt as the most civilized of the Arab nations. I am really sorry to read this. One of my Care2 friends lives in Egypt. I have not heard from her since shortly after the revolution. I am afraid to contact her because it might cause her problems. How sad to be a woman in a Muslim world.

Lynn Squance (235)
Tuesday June 19, 2012, 11:40 pm
Every person is responsible for and should be accountable for their actions. To blame others, like Mubarak, for emasculating the men is ridiculous. To me, it is more likely one's own reaction to social moraes, religious tenets and traditions that frustrate men and women alike. Having said that, the government has a role in ensuring respect for all people. The women protesting are looking for respect and reforms. Men should be standing with them and demand reforms for women and men --- equal rights, respect.
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