Monday, April 23, 2012

We have no freedoms because they hate us

When Egyptian women are subjected to humiliating "virginity tests" merely for speaking out, it's no time for silence. When an article in the Egyptian criminal code says that if a woman has been beaten by her husband "with good intentions" no punitive damages can be obtained, then to hell with political correctness. And what, pray tell, are "good intentions"? They are legally deemed to include any beating that is "not severe" or "directed at the face." What all this means is that when it comes to the status of women in the Middle East, it's not better than you think. It's much, much worse. Even after these "revolutions," all is more or less considered well with the world as long as women are covered up, anchored to the home, denied the simple mobility of getting into their own cars, forced to get permission from men to travel, and unable to marry without a male guardian's blessing -- or divorce either.-- Mona El Tawahy

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good intentions test.... serious drawback of Kantian ethics. This is outrageous in this time of revolutions, as you point out.

-Daniella Lopez

Isabel said...

It's sad, what these women have to go through.

Anonymous said...

I think someone needs to give these disgraceful animals (as a man and a human being, I refuse to call them men and find it hard to classify them as fully human) a "virginity test" with nothing but "good intentions". This certainly shows a major problem with cultural relativism. Doesn't this violate universal moral principles; both the principles of mercy and justice? I certainly believe it does.

-Blair Mrachek

The Mike said...

A great war, one in which most of the men are conscripted to fight, one in which the women pick up the slack at home because there aren't enough men to manufacture the means for war, one in which a great many men die, one in which those men who return find their women empowered by their experience doing "men's" work, a great war such as this is needed for such a cultural transformation?

Alfredo Triff said...

thanks daniella, isabel, blair and the mike.