The title of a Yahoo! article released on June 8, 2012 is “MOB attacks women at Egypt anti-sex assault rally” ((Web-site/URL: http://news.yahoo.com/mob-attacks-women-egypt-anti-sex-assault-rally-212911011.html). Of course, as we know, most “mobs” are extremely AGGRESSIVE/VICIOUS/BRUTAL.
“A mob of hundreds of MEN assaulted women holding a march demanding an end to sexual harassment Friday (June 8, 2012), with the attackers overwhelming the male guardians and GROPING and MOLESTING several of the female marchers in Cairo’s Tahrir Square”. There are TWO things to note here. “overwhelming the male guardians” sounds like what happened to CBS’ Chief Foreign Correspondent LARA LOGAN again, “groping” and “molesting” are GRUESOME.
“From the ferocity of the assault, some of the victims said it appeared to have been an organized attempt to DRIVE WOMEN OUT OF DEMONSTRATIONS and TRAMPLE ON the pro-democracy protest movement“. There are TWO things to note here. First, “drive women out of demonstrations” again suggests that women SHOULDN’T be out there fighting for their rights which is DISGRACEFUL (it’s hard to believe that some people still think this way in 2012) and “trample on” again, is AGGRESSIVE/GRUESOME.
“Earlier in the week, an Associated Press reporter witnessed around 200 men assault a woman WHO EVENTUALLY FAINTED before men trying to help could reach her“. Again, this sounds eerily similar to what happened to CBS‘ Chief Foreign Correspondent LARA LOGAN (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bO12X1nhzzk).
“Friday’s (June 8, 2012) march was called to demand an end to sexual assaults. Around 50 women participated, surrounded by a larger group of male supporters who joined to hands to form a protective ring around them. The protesters carried posters saying, “The people want to cut the hand of the sexual harasser” and chanted, “The Egyptian girl says it loudly, HARASSMENT IS BARBARIC“, which is certainly true. Again, this is similar to what happened to Logan: “The more I screamed, it turned them into a frenzy” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bO12X1nhzzk).
According to Sally Zohney, “one of the organizers of the event on Twitter”, “After what I saw and heard today (June 8 2012), I am FURIOUS at so many things. Why beat a girl and strip her off? Why?” Zohney IS JUSTIFIABLY “furious”. We can/should also feel DISGUSTED over this total lack of DECENCY. Many Egyptian men treat women as if they aren’t HUMAN. Another point to mention is that once again, we see how important SOCIAL MEDIA is when we need to get the word out.
“Mariam Abdel-Shahid, a 25 year-old cinema student who took part in the march, said “sexual harassment will only take us BACKWARD” and we need to move FORWARD. “This is pressure on the woman to RETURN HOME“. Let’s introduce a contrast here. “woman to return home” would be perfectly acceptable for CHINESE women some of whom listen to their parents on everything including when to get pregnant (KATE HE & CUI XILING), but not for ARAB women, who feel that they must contribute to society. Of course, THE LATTER is legit. In 2012, assuming that the male-female ratio is 50-50, WE CANNOT HAVE ONLY HALF OF SOCIETY FUNCTIONING. “I am here to take a position and to object to THIS OBSCENE ACT in society“. THIS IS INDEED an “obscene act”.
“During the 18-day uprising against Mubarak last year (January 25 – February 11, 2011), women say they briefly experienced a “NEW Egypt”, with none of the harassment that is common in Cairo’s streets taking place in Tahrir”. Unfortunately, some people are trying to REVERSE this trend.
Finally, “Another participant in Friday’s (June 8, 2012) march, Ahmed Hawary, said a close female friend of his was attacked by a MOB of men in Tahrir Square in January (2012). She was rushed off in an ambulance, which was the only way to get her out, he said. After suffering from a nervous breakdown, she left Cairo altogether to work elsewhere IN Egypt”. Hawary’s friend SHOULD HAVE LEFT EGYPT ALTOGETHER because in Egypt, WOMEN HAVE NO DIGNITY. “Women activists ARE AT THE CORE OF the revolution. They are THE COURAGE of this movement. If you break them (i.e. WOMEN), you break THE SPIRIT OF the revolution“. This is exactly why we need more women like GIGI IBRAHIM (gsquare86) and SAMIRA IBRAHIM – women with UNBELIEVABLE TOUGHNESS, DETERMINATION, COURAGE & RESOLVE.
Again, Egyptian women STILL have no DIGNITY. This is something that clearly HASN’T changed since the long-time dictator HOSNI MUBARAK was ousted back on February 11, 2011. Women are still being treated as though they are ANIMALS and THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE.