I miss the craziness of Cairo.
watching this report on sexual harassment in egypt and im caught between laughing and crying because of how absurd it is
interviewer says, “what kind of clothes would make you NOT harass a woman?”
men say, “well if she’s wear a loose abaya or a loose shirt or something.”
interviewer says, “well what if i tell you women in niqabs have been harassed?”
man says, “oh, you know, sometimes they have makeup on their eyes -” makes motion to indicate winged eyeliner “-like here and—”
other man interjects, “like when some niqabis are wearing pants underneath their niqabs and it flaps open—”
interviewer, “you have time to analyse the makeup in her eyes?!”
man, looking hurt, “well, it’s the only thing that shows!!”
“the only time i regretted harassing this girl on the bus was because she looked pretty so, you know, i harassed her and then afterwards someone told me she was crying because of it so i went and apologised”
“so why did you even harass her in the first place? was her clothing inappropriate?”
“no, she was wearing a abaya but she was pretty!”
im dead oh jesus christ
“they say harassment occurs because men are not married, is this true?”
“well we thought it would stop when we got married, but it didn’t. we’re still boys at heart.”
AMAZING IT WILL LITERALLY WIPE THE COMMON SENSE FROM YOUR BRAINS
wait here’s the clincher that literally had me pulling at my hair
“what if a woman insults you or hits you?”
“i’ll hit her right back”
“you would hit a woman?”
“i would, it’s just like - a natural reaction, I mean, it’s self defense.”
“well how else is she supposed to defend herself from you?”
“she can go and bring me a man and he can have his beef with me.”
[interviewer voice over] “it is now clear to me that these men don’t consider that women even have the right to defend themselves.”
Deena, I love you and I love your country but maybe my Dad has it right when he throws a fit whenever I mention about visiting Egypt this summer.
ahahaha well while i’m on this strain of thought a page on facebook posted statistics to sexual harassment in egypt (“80-93% of women in Egypt have been sexually harassed”) and about half of the comments were men asking “why is this infographic in english? you’re going to scare the tourists away.”
Just watched this report too, find it here , I found those guys incredibly annoying, it’s the whole, “she provoked me with her clothes/make-up” argument, so basically they don’t realise what they are saying is that they can’t control themselves. It’s obvious when you think about it, that guys doing this are not just going to automatically stop when they get married, but it sickened me as I’d never considered it before. Imagine, leaving your wife at home, and then going and making slimy comments to girls in the street. I’d feel disgusted to the core if my husband did that. May Allah guide Egypt back to the straight path, ameen.
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Pretty sure this is tahrir square and mogamma back in the day
Jon Stewart talking about the arrest of Bassem Yousef (host of ElBernameg, the Egyptian equivalent to Jon Stewart’s show) and the state of Egypt. He makes some really good points! Like, where is the priority? Trying to sort out the economy, unemployment, sexual harrasment? No! Arrest the comedian! Lol
The achievement of the last hour has been changing my background, I think this suits my blog better than what I had before :)
In an assignment for my “Advanced Photography” class, I put this photo as “fail”.
Well, it still has quite an interesting story. While walking in Talaat Harb street, I wanted to take photo of the long queues in front of ElAbd patisserie that has some quite delicious ice-cream, cheap for the public too.
I was adjusting the camera when the security guy for the store asked me what I was doing. I answered: “I’m taking a shot of the ice-cream queue for a project I’m doing.”
So guess what did he do?
Somehow he though I wanted to take his photo, so he asked people in the queue to move away so that he can be photographed. Moreover, he asked his coworker to join him!
Yeah… that sum it up.
This patisserie in Talaat Harb sells some of the best ice cream I have ever tasted.
It’s been exactly 3 months since I left Egypt and it’s been 3 months of longing for nothing more than to be back in Egypt with my husband. I don’t know when we’ll get to be together again, but I pray it’ll be soon, ya rab.
Al-Azhar park, Cairo, Egypt.
I really liked this park, it’s a bit of calm away from the busyness of Cairo, a perfect place for a picnic, I’ll return there when I’m next in Cairo in sha Allah.
Grafitti in Mohamed Mahmoud Street, Cairo, Egypt that reads:
“Beware when fighting monsters, lest you become one of them”
Sultan Hassan Mosque, Cairo, Egypt
by Saira Bhatti
Me and le hubs prayed dhuhr and asr there one day, in the place where the men are standing in the photo.
The day I arrived in Cairo was very early on a Friday morning. For the first few days of my trip I was staying in Talaat Harb (which leads to Tahrir Square). After checking into my room and having something to eat, my then fiancée wanted to give me a tour of the area, including Tahrir Square. I was apprehensive, I had read that the British foreign office advised against going to Tahrir Square on Fridays. We were going before Jummah prayer, but as we walked through I asked, “Are we going to make it back before the prayer?”, lol I was so anxious.
I couldn’t really believe I was there, in the square I had seen hundreds of times on the news and in papers and I was standing in it.
After that initial time, I wasn’t worried anymore, we passed through Tahrir on a daily basis, many times, to get to the metro, or walking through to get to other places, it became part of the daily routine. We even hung out there, sitting on the actual square itself. After getting married, me and my husband moved to Intercontinental Semiramis, which is the other side of Tahrir. I wondered what everybody I knew would think if they knew where I was hanging out :L
The day after we left Cairo and went to Domyat some stuff kicked off in Tahrir (this was before Morsi’s declaration) I was in a shop with my husband, sister-in-law and mother-in-law, the news was on the tv, and suddenly there was a shot of Tahrir and they were talking about what happened and I said “Omg! We were stood in that spot yesterday!”.
After I came home and Tahrir was filled again due to Morsi’s declaration, I couldn’t stop watching a livestream of the square, I couldn’t really believe that I had been there just days before, it all still seems a bit unreal.
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