On the Media in Cairo (Stephen Nessen)

She Doesn't Skirt Politics

Thursday, April 07, 2011 - 08:03 AM

Brooke with Hanan, a 20-year-old Cairo University student.

Another thing that happened on the Cairo University campus - as we were walking to the sit-in (though actually no one was sitting) a student ran up to me, a young woman in jeans, and she congratulated me on wearing a skirt.

Actually it was a black dress, knee-length, which I was wearing with stockings and flats and a black sweater. She wanted to thank me for bucking the tradition that women wear pants, or ankle-length skirts. She liked shorter skirts, she thought they looked feminine and fun.  (Clearly a comparative thing, since I wasn't looking especially feminine or fun.) She was a little disappointed that I wasn't Egyptian.

She also said this wasn't the first time she had  run after a stranger. "I sometimes do crazy things," she told us,  "but nowadays I expect a different reaction." That's because nowadays everyone is saying what they think.

(Unless of course, they're thinking kindly of Mubarak. We haven't heard ANYONE say that.)

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On The Media went to Egypt. Host Brooke Gladstone and OTM producer Sarah Abdurrahman take you behind the scenes as they navigate the hectic streets of Cairo and the even more hectic Egyptian media landscape.


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