A sane person asking themselves the question "Should a man be allowed to have sex with his dead wife's body?" would likely answer in a way that ranged from a calm but immediate "No." to an emphatic, shouted "JESUS LAST DANCE OF MARY JANE CHRIST NO!" But these are not sane times. And the thought leaders in the Egyptian…
This weekend, a picture of a female Tahrir Square protester having her clothes torn off while a soldier prepared to kick her renewed global concern that perhaps the new government of Egypt isn't being quite so awesome to the ladies. Today, thousands of Egyptian women took to the streets of Cairo to protest the ruling…
For the first time, a military official has admitted that detained female protests in Tahrir Square were subjected to spurious, invasive "virginity tests." His comments to CNN don't exactly constitute an apology.
Amnesty International is condemning the treatment of at least 18 women protesters, who as late as March 9 — a month after Mubarak stepped down — were beaten, tortured, and strip-searched. They were also examined for their "virginity" and told that if they didn't "pass," they'd be charged as prostitutes.
"Mubarak is gone. Misogyny might be a tougher foe," concludes Jenna Krajeski in a New Yorker account of yesterday's march of women in Tahrir Square, which did not go as planned.
Cairo, Jan 30: Three women gesture for victory as they attend a demonstration. Minutes before the start of a 4 p.m. curfew, at least two jets appeared and made multiple passes over downtown. (Image via AP)
Another book about Cleopatra is comin' atcha this holiday season. I get that Cleopatra was interesting and triple extra sexy and all that, but I wish there was more out there about the real Egyptian Queen of Badassery, Hatshepsut.