"Two Revolutions" in Egypt

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Wendell Steavenson talks about the paradoxical transition for Egypt’s women after Mubarak’s fall. In her article “Two Revolutions” is in the November 12 issue of The New Yorker, she writes that  women protested alongside in Tahrir Square, yet, “so far, the revolution has not advanced the cause of women and may even endanger it.” There are worries that the Islamist political parties that have dominated the political sphere since the revolution could curb women’s freedoms in an already conservative society.


Wendell Steavenson

Comments [4]

Henry from Maryland

Your guest cites support of Israel among the reasons the Egyptian people are not favorably inclined toward the West. Like so many, she sees only one side of the issue. No mention, for instance, that Israel has absorbed the majority of the over 800,000 Jews forced to leave Egypt, Iraq, Syria, and other Arab countries, while the latter have not granted citizenship to any Arab refugees.

Nov. 08 2012 12:41 PM

Why do Egyptian women continue to . . . ?

Consider the questions we just don't ask about European or American standards. Why has conservatism risen in the US? Why do many women continue to wear dresses — by choice? Or: why do men continue to shun wearing dresses? Why do men wear ties — absurdly uncomfortable? And so on . . .

Nov. 08 2012 12:23 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Were any of the men who ordered, allowed, or carried out the "virginity tests" on women protesters actually punished, & if so, how? Did they lose their jobs, pay fines, go to jail?

Nov. 08 2012 12:22 PM
jane doe from AMERICA

the woman speakig said "it was as though a switch got flipped" and the behavior changed. Let us get something straight - we tend to judge behavior by a very white and northern European attitude. The way we behave and the way we judge may be an anomoly in the rest of the world, including the muslim countries, latin america and some areas of the mediterranian. Listen to the woman's comments - it was as though a switch was flipped and women were groped. The problem is that in many regions of the world, men are no better than dogs. Look at the wilding in Central Park- they were animals and should have been dealt with as though one would deal with a sick animal.

I doubt the switch had ever been flipped off and I remember thinking give it time and it will be business as usual for these animals. Unfortunately all of the good women in the world cannot change it as it is innate with some cultures. For this reason, I wish we would stop trying to impart our values on other people and be more concerned with what we do here in our own country and who we let in lest we end up like them in a few generations.

Nov. 08 2012 12:19 PM

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