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Pro-harassment rhetoric

June 29, 2008


Can you believe this?The text says: “You can’t stop them, but you can protect yourself. Your creator knows what is best for you.”Via the Arabist.

Lists and parentheses

June 25, 2008


There are two advantages to being an Egyptian woman, as opposed to an Egyptian man: No compulsory military service. I can think of nothing that I would not do to avoid that, short of self-mutilation. I’ve heard some good tales regarding avoiding conscription from the men of my acquaintance: alleging homosexuality; purchasing African passports; sham-marrying […]


May 25, 2008


Or rather, I can’t be bothered. I need a dictaphone because I have important thoughts. Read this post on sexual harassment in the meantime.

One million signatures for a law against sexual harassment

April 22, 2008


يطلق المركز المصري لحقوق المرأة حملة واسعة من أجل قانون يحمي النساء من التحرش الجنسي . تعد حملة ” المليون توقيع لسن قانون يجرم التحرش الجنسي” جزءاً من حملة أكبر هي حملة شارع آمن للجميع التي بدأت عام 2005 استجابة للعديد من الشكاوى من نساء مصريات وأجنبيات يتعرضن للتحرش.الجنسي في الشارع المصري…. تضامن معنا لكي […]

Things dudes shouldn’t say part III

December 4, 2007


I have pretty strong ideas on male expression, as you can see. But so does T. Shahin…yesterday I was telling him that a guy I once dated would involuntarily sigh whenever I was anywhere around him, even just seated next to him. Sometimes when I just looked at him. He couldn’t hear himself doing it. […]

Building barriers

November 26, 2007


***Update: In the interests of clarity I asked around and it transpires that in Egypt, unlike in jurisdictions with which I am more familiar, the Constitution itself does apply to private actors. Article 40 of the Egyptian Constitution states: All citizens are equal before the law. They have equal public rights and duties without discrimination […]

Sunday Single No. 6

October 28, 2007


I can’t stand it when women married to Arabs or Arab women take the last name of their husbands – the ONE non-patriarchal feature of Arab culture and they throw it away in order to appear the property of some man.

This post is a shemale

September 22, 2007


As you can tell, female friendship has been on my mind lately. I suppose this was partly caused by that trip to Sharm, wherein I wallowed, lolled and frolicked in a pool of testosterone. I emerged from it gasping and mewling “I need boobs!” weakly. I did it in my head, though. Also, for the […]

Sunday Single No. 4

September 16, 2007


I need more female friends (about five have left Egypt) and I have no problem recruiting them off the net! Update: Just realized I have met loads of cool girls lately through largely non-internet channels, and plus should be paying more attention to the oldest and greatest. Thanks. Obviously be-haired attractive men still welcome.

Is there no word for male "harem"?

September 11, 2007


I’m trying to think of something to write about the Sharm trip, but I was bound by the Code of Geographical Silence so many times that it’s safe to say they weren’t kidding. No one got laid. we all got pretty good sleep, danced and drank a good amount, ate a sick amount, laughed a […]