Rape Culture from the top down in Egypt

Rape Culture from the top down in Egypt

Victim-blaming is the predictable & cowardly response to rape by those who hate women. It’s a universal & hateful response to violence against women & a way simply, to abuse power to try & subdue & degrade women. We have the right to participate in our society, we won’t be cowed into not taking our rightful place and fight for our rights by these organised sexual terrorists.

We saw it in India, after the uproar following the gang-rape & murder of the student. We see it almost everytime there is a rape case in the mainstream media (think DSK, Assange, etc etc). How stupid do you have to be to think that the person responsible for rape is the person doing it?

Before anyone comes up with that stupid ‘you wouldn’t leave your car/house/valuables unlocked’ argument, we are human beings, ok? We should be able to go about our lives without the fear of sexual harrassment & violence, and being blamed for it when it happens. It’s not us that’s doing it now, is it? What does it say about their attitudes to Egyptian women,  that they are on the same sides as the rapists? I’ll let you make up your own mind.

For fucks sake

The Shura Council & the rapists are One Hand.



Hello again.

It has been many moons since I have blogged. It has been one hell of a year & I am relieved to see the back of it, in spite of the joys it held.

Since I last blogged, I have watched those murderous so called humans in SCAF overtake Mubarak in brutality, corruption of democracy & old-fashioned evil. I have watched the murders, the tear-gassing, the torture victims, the brutality, the lawlessness, the baltagiyeen (state-sponsored thugs), the divisive propoganda, the use of chemical weapons and bullets and sexual violence, the incitement of sectarian violence, the relentless campaigns against those who brought us the revolution by those who should be cherishing & protecting the revolution but instead choose to vote with their feet and their soldiers to try & steal as much power as they can.

I have watched as anti-revolutionary political entrepeneurs in SCAF, the Brotherhood (or so called ‘Freedom & Justice’ party, what a joke) and the Salafis in Al-Noor bastardise our words and their meanings; ‘Dignity’,’Stability’, ‘Freedom’, ‘Justice’, ‘Democracy’. Words which had real meaning to those on the streets and those who gave up their lives, now words with no meaning when it comes from those three institutions, they say those words with their fingers crossed behind their backs. Every time they utter one of those words, what it really means to them is ‘more power to me’, that is all they aspiring to.

Let us also remember the external political entrepeneurs who are so busy meddling & pouring dirty oily bloody money into Egypt right now, all enablers of the outrages that have already happened & the ones to come… SCAF, have at every opportunity blamed ‘foreign interests and funding’ for violence, denounced and attacked human rights NGOs, the 6th April movement and anyone who represents a threat to them for being funded by these shady foreigners. Yet, would they have been able to maintain their violence and monopoly of power over everybody without the weapons &  US ‘aid’ that they rely on themselves? Let’s also remember something that the vast majority of these political players and the ones in the past, like Mubarak, SCAF, Egyptian parliament, Al-Noor party, Islamic Brotherhood and so on, all have in common, in spite of their differences – they have two things – A thirst/greed for power – and penises.

I have watched with special pride and frustration as my sisters of Egypt yet gain rose up & stood fearlessly against oppression again. Those of you who have read my blogposts before will know that I think that without the full involvement of women at every stage, this is a useless and half-baked revolution. In fact, I still call for a feminist revolution of women. As once again, after giving up lives and fighting for the same rights as the men, women have been sidelined. The culture of obedience that should have been smashed once and for all last January is still the status quo for women in Egypt. I am very worried for our future with the proclaimations of those who would rule. I will say it again – I still think that only a feminist uprising and revolution will save us! Like I’ve said before, we need revolutions of the minds as well as the streets. Those Wise Men that have and will rule have shown themselves time and time again to not be up to the job. The nepotism of the Egyptian penis has gone too far. How many times will we let them fail us before we change things for ourselves?

I have hope though.  Samira Ahmed is just one example of a brave woman who triumphed against SCAF & held them up to scrutiny in the Courts of Justice, where they failed. This was after she had been subjected to so-called virginity tests after protesting. (Don’t be fooled by the name, the simple truth of it is they are not virginity tests, but state-sponsored rapes, how else can you describe forced penetration of any type, under duress?). The sight of so many women and men on the streets demanding womens’ rights and freedoms was a beautiful and long overdue one. I hope to see much more of this in 2012.

Of course, there are so many things I have watched and so many people that have filled me with inspiration. The release of Alaa Abd Elfattah was a great moment, let’s hope the other thousands of political prisoners who have suffered the injustice of unfair military trials under an illegitimate military dictatorship follow suit. Maikel Nabil, who was on hunger strike for so long,  suffered so many injustices for standing against military trials, for being a consciencious objecter and for telling the truth – that the army and people were never one hand. He still sticks to his guns principles and refuses to compromise them. How can I not have hope when there are so many inspirational people out there whose principles may help save us? When Aliaa Elmahdy shed her clothes in a big FUCK YOU to her oppression, that gave me hope too & a massive grin too. Good on her, too.

I’ll be back soon, but leave you with this thought:

It’s better to be pissed off than pissed on.

The Blood Of My Sisters

The blood of my fallen Sisters has become so cheap

With the first full turn of this revolution, a new world for us?

Yet, still, in powerful places, we have no voice to speak

Denied once again, a voice, a face

How many turns of revolution will it take?

Before we stop coming full circle

And the blood of my sisters who fall and suffer is precious and protected

Like oil?

Bring ON a Feminist Revolution in Egypt!

I love my country. I want to carry on loving my country and I want it to be a society of equals. The feelings of disappointment and disenfranchisement rising within me as I witness the ‘transitioton democracy’ are  unnecessary and avoidable. Women have been at the forefront of this revolution since the start, laying down their.lives and risking everything in the search for democracy.

What is democracy, but the right to participate in the politics which affect us? What is democracy, but the fight for freedom and equality as citizens? What is freedom, but the ability to make decisions for yourself and not have them made for you? Why are women once again, becoming invisible and sidelined in matters of decision making and consultation on the birth of our new country. The women of Egypt are brave and strong and have endured the pains of this revolution as much as anybody.

It is a travesty and a betrayal that we are already being underrepresented and forgotten as equal citizens at the first step. Why barely any women in the negotiations? We need to be involved.in the decisions and discussions that will affect our lives or this is NOT democracy! Is this the freedom and democracy that Egypt`s (known as ‘Om’ ildunya, mother of the world) daughters have fought so bravely for? Is the blood of our martyr sisters cheaper than that of our brothers? How is this acceptable? Every Egyptian owes it to their mothers, daughters and sisters to promote fairness and fight for equality. The women of Egypt have fought hard and made us proud, it is time to return the favour and give us a country that makes us equal and proud.

Where are the women of the revolution?

I have seen many people commenting on the lack of women seen in this revolution. The women of Egypt are a force to be reckoned with. You do not want to get in the way of angry Egyptian women. They are there!!

The reason that you don’t see them is because the major media outlets are not showing them! Look at blogs, watch twitter, read citizen journalism. The women of Egypt are loud & clear in their messages & their actions, what a shame they do not get the credit and coverage that they deserve.

Here are some photos of my beautiful revolutionary sisters


Let’s hope this is also the start of a feminist revolution in Egypt, it is well overdue…