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Egypt’s Women Are Losing in Democracy

It is one of the great tragedies of Egypt’s revolution that every step “forward” has seemingly been accompanied by a brutal ordeal for the women of that country. More than a year after the toppling of Mubarak, the women of Tahrir Square occupy a radically different, and more degraded, place than they did last February. The BBC reports:

[As Mubarak fell] the state subjected them to humiliating “virginity tests” and now in the square, where Nisreen had once felt so safe, gangs of men are preying on young women like packs of animals; stripping them naked, sexually assaulting and then dumping them in the gutter.

And now the problem is becoming institutional:

If women have found themselves driven from their public space the revolution has also pushed them further out of the political arena. The now dissolved parliament, which was formed after the revolution, had fewer women in it than during the time of Mubarak.

As we’ve been saying, the Arab Spring, especially in Egypt, looks a lot less like a sweeping victory of Western ideas than the MSM first led us to believe.

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  • Corlyss

    Much of the Arab world is resolutely tribal. None of these developments is suprising. For every “enlightened” westernized Arab elite, there’s 100 unenlightened parochial Arab thugs who thinks they’d be better off if it were the 9th Century and their only concern was keeping their brothers and their women safe from outsider contamination.

  • Kevin

    The Arab spring is looking a lot more like the French Revolution than the American one.

  • Cunctator

    What a surprise – a Muslim country that does not respect the rights of women in their society!!! What will happen next — Copts being beaten on the streets and churches being burned?

  • Jbird

    Mark Steyn had a good article this week about how the younger generation of Muslims is less westernized than their parents especially those living in the West. The arc of history does not inevitably bend towards Western values.

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