Posts tagged "egypt"

Egyptian Activist Groups Now Working To Stop Street Harassment

When the Arab Spring hit in early 2011, no one could have guessed what it might have meant for women's rights in Egypt. But as the country continues to feel its way through a revolution, there is one surprising outcome -- several citizen's groups are now patrolling the streets of Cairo, and taking action against…

By: Julie Gerstein / November 6, 2012

TV Station Staffed By Fully Veiled Women Launches In Egypt

A new TV station called Maria recently debuted in Egypt which employs and is run by women who wear the face-covering niqab veil. Journalism students say they couldn't find jobs in television, even ones where they would not appear on camera, because they are covered except for their eyes. Maria launched on July 20 and…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 31, 2012

Naked Islamic Woman In Body Paint Veil Causes Controversy For Foreign Policy Magazine

Wonk-y magazine Foreign Policy's most recent issue, The Sex Issue, is right up our alley with a cover story article about the how the real war on women is in the Middle East. Author Mona Eltahawy is an Egyptian-American writer who was beaten and sexually assaulted by police while protesting in Tahrir Square in Cairo.

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 27, 2012

Last Chance To Schtup Your Dead Wife’s Corpse, Egyptian Dudes

Bringing new meaning to the phrase "before the body gets cold," Egypt is considering a new law that will allow Egyptian husbands to have sex with their dead wife's corpse up to six hours after death. But don't get your panties in a knot, ladies. Wives can have sex with their dead husbands' corpse a…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 27, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Egyptian Woman Fights “Virginity Testing” — Er, Rape — By Police

While protesting at Tahrir Square in Cairo, Samira Ibrahim was grabbed by Egyptian soldiers, stripped, electrically prodded, and sexually assaulted, which they told her was a "virginity test." She is just one of many women who have been sexually assaulted after being detained by soldiers. Samira, age 25, and her father have filed a court…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 10, 2012

Egyptian Court Stops “Virginity Tests” On Female Protesters In Prison

Sexual assault and the threat of sexual assault are used as a way to control women. Nowhere is that more present, lately, than in Egypt where female protesters have been forced to undergo "virginity tests" administered by soldiers when they are arrested and imprisoned. Yesterday, a Cairo court sided with protester Samira Ibrahim, age 25,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 28, 2011

Today’s Lady News: Egyptian Blogger Posts Nude Pics Of Herself

Egyptian blogger Aliaa Maghda El-Mahdy, age 20, is posting nude pictures of herself on her blog as political protest about women's sexuality and censorship. Aliaa calls herself a "secular liberal feminist vegetarian individualist Egyptian" (i.e. hella cool) says she challenges Eypgt's "censoring of our knowledge, expression and sexuality." Rock on, sister.  [The Daily Beast] The best new

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 17, 2011

Today’s Lady News: Egyptians Protest “Virginity Tests” On Women

Egyptians are holding an online protest tomorrow against the military's use of "virginity tests" on female protestors (i.e. sexual assault). The Egyptian military claims it needs to test women for virginity to make sure they are not prostitutes, which, of course, serves as a deterrent for women to protest in the first place. [Guardian UK]…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 31, 2011

Lara Logan Speaks Out On “60 Minutes” About Her Sexual Assault In Egypt’s Tahrir Square

Last night on "60 Minutes," reporter Lara Logan shared with the world the horrific beating and sexual assault she suffered in Egypt's Tahrir Square while reporting on the country's revolution. Since the incident on February 11, the world knew Logan had been separated from her producer, cameramen and bodyguards and assaulted by a mob of…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 2, 2011

Lara Logan Opens Up About Sexual Assault In Egypt: “They Raped Me With Their Hands”

In February, the world held its breath when CBS's "60 Minutes" reporter Lara Logan was badly beaten and sexually assaulted while covering the political uprising in Egypt's Tahrir Square. After being rescued by civilians and a group of soldiers, Logan abruptly left her coverage and flew home to the U.S., where she was hospitalized for…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 28, 2011

Alleged Details On Lara Logan’s Assault In Egypt Emerge

"60 Minutes" reporter Lara Logan has still not spoken publicly about being attacked on February 11 in Egypt's Tahrir Square while she reported on civil unrest there, but alleged details have emerged in an Australian newspaper about the physical and sexual assault Logan endured. It has really, really annoyed me reading internet commenters who have…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 22, 2011

Today In Baby News: A Kid Named “Facebook” And A Wainwright/Cohen Love Child

Congrats to Facebook, which officially has its first namesake. An Egyptian man named his baby girl Facebook Jamal Ibrahim to express his gratitude for the role the social networking site played in the revolution. That is very moving, but we hope the name doesn't become trendy. I wonder if they'll call her "Face" or "Book"…

By: Ami Angelowicz / February 21, 2011

Today’s Lady News: CBS News’ Lara Logan Beaten, Sexually Assaulted In Egypt

CBS correspondent Lara Logan was beaten and sexually assaulted in Egypt's Tahrir Square on February 11 after she, her "60 Minutes" team, and their security were attacked. Logan was reportedly rescued by a group of women and 20 Egyptian soldiers. Logan returned to the United States the next morning and is currently in the hospital…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 15, 2011

Insensitive Tweets About The Situation In Egypt Are The New Black

Oof. What was the person behind designer Kenneth Cole's Twitter account thinking with this one? A couple hours later, that tweet was followed up with this: "we weren't intending to make light of a serious situation. We understand the sensitivity of this historic moment." Yeah, you were just hoping to make money by using a…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / February 3, 2011

Today’s Lady News: Egypt Wants To Ban A $30 Fake Virginity Kit

Egyptian lawmakers have called for a ban on importing the Artificial Virginity Hymen kit from China, a $30 kit that leaks a blood-like substance when inserted and broken, allowing women to fool men into thinking that they're virgins. [Fox News]—Hmm, how about a ban on the degrading notion that a woman is only valuable if…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 6, 2009

What Barack Obama Had To Say To Muslim Women

This week, Barack Obama headed to Egypt with a pretty big mission in mind: smoothing over relations between the United States and the Muslim World. The pinnacle of his trip—a speech at Cairo University yesterday afternoon. In his speech, he emphasized the need for tolerance, not confrontation, between peoples, genders and religions in our increasingly…

By: Daniela Guernica / June 5, 2009

Love Can Make A Man Do Crazy Things, Like Chop Off His Penis

Parents just don’t understand. Back in high school, my dad dissed a dude with green dreads who came to pick me up for a date. Pops just wouldn’t let my knight in shining Doc Martens take me to the movies. It was totally embarrassing and infuriating, so, in retaliation, I dyed my hair bright red.

By: Simcha / June 1, 2009

Hatshepsut, The Cross-Dressing Pharaoh

If you haven't noticed, we're a bit obsessed with women throughout history. National Women's History Month may be over, but we can't help but to keep highlighting interesting women from the past. My sister got me a subscription to National Geographic for Christmas, and the April issue introduced me to Hatshepsut, a female pharaoh who…

By: Catherine Strawn / April 1, 2009

The Daily Squeeze: Egyptian Men, Marijuana At Camp, And Girls Gone Wild Identity Confusion

Nearly two-thirds of Egyptian men admitted they have sexually harassed a women. [Reuters] More than 5,000 marijuana plants were found growing at a Girl Scout camp in Syracuse, IN. Perhaps a new GS cookie was in the works, to be called "space cakes." [AHN] A woman is suing former NY Governor Eliot Spitzer's call girl,…

By: Catherine Strawn / July 18, 2008

Gadgets: Ye Olde Speculum

The gadget loving guys at Boing Boing have made a list of the Top 10: Gadgets That Go Inside You. While we have a favorite that rhymes with habit (coincidence, we think not), we actually learned something about the least sexy thing you can shove in your secret garden -- the speculum. You may joke…

By: Simcha / June 3, 2008
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