Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Sexual Harassment in Cairo
I read these sadly familiar accounts of sexual harassment from women living in Cairo. I would hazard a guess that any woman living in most Middle Eastern countries is just as familiar with this sort of treatment, not just from fellow citizens of their particular country but from a majority of expat males too. Now I know that sounds pretty harsh, all encompassing, and sexist, but their stories could easily be my own and so my perspective is a little tainted. It begins when you're a toddler, continues throughout your childhood, becomes more sinister in your adolescence as you begin to understand what it is they want from you, then becomes a mundane expected facet of your life as a woman, married or single, with or without children hanging off your arms... What is it about the region that perpetuates this treatment of women? What is the common denominator? Whatever it is, it must be dissected, exposed, and treated for the cancer that it is.