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Sexual harassment in Egypt
One of the most ridiculous pronouncements by the reactionary and racist Western media is that Egypt, for example, is a misogynist and sexist nation because 80% of women have experienced sexual harassment at some point in their lives.
Did they forget to report that 83% of American women have also been sexual harassed at some point in their lives?
Of course, they conveniently forgot that there is a longstanding and influential indigenous feminist movement in Egypt, which not only draws from Arab post-colonial feminism, but from Islam itself, which strongly condemns any disenfranchisement of women, as well as sexual harassment in the streets.
When people say that women who wear revealing clothing or get drunk deserve to be raped, what they are really saying is that women deserve to be raped. Since wearing revealing clothing simply exposes more of a woman’s body, and drinking takes away her ability to make choices like consenting to sex, we can conclude that people who say these things honestly believe that a woman’s body is inherently public property to be used for sex if she she is not diligent enough about covering and protecting it from others.