Q:R u a feminist?
I support equal rights for women, equal opportunities for women, equal pay for women and a world where we don’t have to feel scared walking down the street because of men who can’t keep their mouths shut or keep their hands to themselves.
If that makes me a feminist then yes I am.
Live in such a way that if someone spoke badly of you, no one would believe it.
Q:Your 8:30 - 5:30 job will get easier :) Congrats on getting it!
Thanks anon :D
It’s only a temporary thing but the hours are really getting to me. By the time I get home and get everything organised it’s time to go to bed again! But al7amdolellah for the opportunity to get some experience and money!
While once upon a time Egyptian men and women could walk carefree along the Nile River and on the bustling streets of Egypt, today women walking along the same paths often feel objectified: from the heavy eyes of men lingering around them and the misogynistic catcalls to the ‘accidental’ brushing of men’s hands on their bosoms.
For many fortunate people, this is a reality they cannot imagine. Yet the ‘Creepers on the Bridge’ video by Tinne Van Loon and Colette Ghunim from one of Cairo’s busiest public streets accurately depicts the harsh realities that women in Egypt face each time they step out the door, no matter the colour of their skin, their religion, or what they are wearing.
To learn more about the video, which was paired by a popular song that tells the story of the sexual harassment epidemic in Egypt, Egyptian Streets spoke with both Tinne and Colette regarding their filming of the video and the experiences they faced.
WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO FILM THIS VIDEO?
Personal experience. After constantly hearing stories of both foreign and Egyptian women who face sexual harassment in Cairo, as well as walking on the street ourselves, we wanted to capture the persistent feeling of anxiety every time we walk alone.
The fact is that every time a woman walks outside, no matter what she’s wearing, a large majority of men stare, unabashedly. They scan her entire body as if she is a mere object, not a valued human being. The high frequency of stares makes it the most common form of sexual harassment, violating women’s ability to feel safe while walking in the streets.
We are currently working on a half hour documentary about sexual harassment in Cairo, and we were looking to film the typical stares. After we secretly recorded the video and cut the parts together, we felt it was powerful enough as a stand-alone piece.
COULD YOU TELL US HOW THE VIDEO WAS RECORDED?
Colette walked down the Kasr El-Nil bridge, secretly recording with an iPhone. She held it by her mouth with headphones plugged in and pretended to talk on the phone. She pretended to be deep in conversation, looking straight ahead of her. Whenever she felt eyes on her, she turned the phone slightly towards them. The clip was filmed in a single 5 minute walk around sunset, as people often gather on the bridge after the temperature cools down.
We made sure to record Colette beforehand in order to show her appearance. Because she is of Arab descent, she fits in with Egyptian society more easily. She wore a long skirt, a t-shirt, and a cardigan to prevent any dismissals of the footage, such as having worn something to provoke them.
As groups of men often stare together, we decided to slow down the video for viewers to view all their intimidating expressions at once.
We also recorded catcalls while filming, but because Colette was pretending to be on the phone, we couldn’t include them without hearing her speak in Arabic. Instead, we decided to pair the footage with the song “A3akes Ah At7rash La2″ by Sadat & Fifty, translating to “Flirting, Yes, Harassment, No.” We thought it was particularly fitting since most young men listen to popular Electro Sh3abi music.
WERE YOU WORRIED YOU WOULD RUN INTO ANY PROBLEMS WHILE FILMING?
Before we went to film, we practised holding the phone to make it look as unsuspicious as possible. We know that in Egypt, filming in public is risky due to political conspiracy, and we did not want to face any accusations.
HOW DID YOU FEEL DURING THE WALK, WHICH IN THE VIDEO SEEMED TO LAST FOREVER? WERE YOU EVER SCARED?
On that day, there was an especially large amount of men, because it was both Friday and the ending of an Ultras (football fans) gathering. All the young men were walking down the bridge in large groups, which made it even more intimidating to walk amongst them. While each of us took turns walking across the bridge alone, the groups of stares were so intimidating that we felt extremely defensive, ready to react if necessary. We both felt the same nervousness of receiving physical harassment.
WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU LEARNED FROM THIS EXPERIENCE?
Regarding our walk on the bridge, we didn’t necessarily learn anything new. We knew before we started that we would receive looks and comments, seeing as this is a daily occurrence for women on the street. The intimidation we felt reinforced the fact that harassment exists in a variety of forms. Unfortunately, unrelenting stares are only the beginning.
When we shared the video online, it rapidly gained popularity with over 1000 views in one day. It prompted Facebook users from around the world to engage in complex discussions on sexual harassment. This helped us confirm that the issue resonates beyond just Egypt, even though it is one of the countries most affected.
DO YOU HAVE ANY FUTURE PROJECTS RELATED TO THE ISSUE OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN EGYPT?
We are in the process of producing a half hour narrative documentary about sexual harassment in Cairo. We will weave together compelling stories, such as how one determined girl challenges her harasser, as well as how a lawyer prepares for a ground-breaking court case. Get updates about the film by liking our Facebook page!
This is unbelievably representative of what Cairo is like.
I cannot stress how important videos and projects like this are.
Although this video is filmed in Egypt, I lived through the same conditions in Morocco. This was my everyday life; being stared at and commented on every single time I left my apartment.
Being a westerner that has never been a victim of sexual harassment in my own country, I found this situation very hard to accept.
Everyone around me told me I just needed to “put up with it”, ” it’s part of the culture”. I refuse to accept these statements, they are trying to normalise something that is NOT normal.
I am so happy to see videos such as this one being shared around, raising awareness is the first step to solving this problem.
If I was still in Morocco now I’d like to film a clip of me walking down the street so you could see the situation there too.
Support these projects by sharing them and when somebody tries to make you accept sexual harassment as something cultural or “just the way men are”, please don’t go along with it.
Day 3 of an 8:30-5:30 office filing job and I am already exhausted.
I’m in a foul mood today.
But on the plus side X-Factor starts again tonight so some bad auditions should cheer me up :)
and if you’re desi (or a poc) raising a son:
please dont let them think they can talk over women
please teach them to help out around the house
please make them responsible for their actions
please don’t assert hypermasculinity as the norm
please let them cry, cry with them
please don’t let them use drugs or alcohol to cope with problems
please raise them to respect, and care for women’s feelings
please dont raise fuckboys
If I have kids in the future in sha2 Allah I’ll raise my sons and daughters the same. Aint having none of this daughters do housework and learn how to cook while boys sit around playing games.
I regret not taking enough videos on trips that I’ve done. I lived in Morocco for a whole year and I’ve got hardly any video footage of that :(
Videos are so much better at documenting memories than photos, seriously….
"Black thugs in Cairo: Most of the crimes against activists and reporters are from South Sudan" - Sisi and his media outlets are trying to vilify people from Sudan for crimes “against journalists”, when in fact Sisi’s regime is known for its violent crimes against free journalism and against anti-regime activists. Anti-blackness is global - governments (and state media) continue to criminalize black peoples so that their juntas are able to conceal their own crimes and atrocities.
To summarize, the article is criminalizing refugees (which Egyptian media is known for). The first line of the article says that African refugees are criminal gangs who bring violence to Ain Sham, Nasr City, and to all the residents. The bitch author said that these “criminal refugees” need to be dealt with seriously in order to “preserve the reputation of Egypt’s international place, adversely affect tourism, and the country’s national income”. They admitted that most of these “thugs” are in their teens, then they characterized how these “thugs” look like: distinctive lengthwise clothing and gold and silver chains around their necks… Unbelievable.
Fucking ridiculous and nauseating.
Full shitty, racist article here.
youm7 is a cesspool rag that needs to be completely terminated from existence