Under the Black Blanket

12/22/11

The Blue Bra Rebels

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Could a woman in a blue bra be the female Mohamed Bouazizi?
Complicated, because the army's stripping and beating two days ago of a female protestor in Cairo iis really about modesty, which is the Islamists' all-purpose excuse for misogynistic bullshit, but still, the women marching in the streets of Cairo showed some serious (covered) spine.
The Egyptian military's piggish pseudo-scientific "virginity tests" on female protesters didn't get  women out in the streets, nor did the abuse heaped upon women in Tahrir Square on the occasion of International Women's Day last spring.
But the army's stripping and kicking of a covered women brought out thousands of women, in numbers not seen since the early 1900s, when Egyptians rallied against colonialism.
Echoes of that today in public, anti-American comments from Fayza Aboul Naga, minister of planning and international cooperation, saying Egyptian women don't need HRC, or any other foreign voices to demand their rights  for them.
Writing for CNN, American Isobel Coleman: "It remains to be seen whether these new humiliations for Egyptian women will lead to significant changes. But given the country's deep-seated patriarchy, women in Egypt should not take their rights for granted."

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