A passionate manifesto decrying misogyny in the Arab world by award-winning journalist Mona Eltahawy.
Headscarves and Hymens is a clear
reminder that unless the political revolutions we've started in the
Middle East and North Africa are accompanied by social and sexual
revolutions - that have gender equality nestled in their heart - they
will fail. If we just keep replacing one man with another at the top
without paying attention to what that man and others do to women, on the
streets and at home, we will never be free. I want everyone who reads
this book, regardless of where they live, to understand that the
revolution must cross the threshold into the home - Mona Eltahawy.
November 2011, Mona Eltahawy came to worldwide attention when she was
assaulted by police during the Egyptian Revolution. She responded by
writing a groundbreaking piece in Foreign Policy entitled 'Why Do They Hate Us'; 'They' being Muslim men, 'Us' being women. It sparked huge controversy.
In Headscarves and Hymens,
Eltahawy takes her argument further. Drawing on her years as a
campaigner and commentator on women's issues in the Middle East, she
explains that since the Arab Spring began, women in the Arab world have
had two revolutions to undertake: one fought with men against oppressive
regimes, and another fought against an entire political and economic
system that treats women as second-class citizens in countries from
Yemen and Saudi Arabia to Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya.
travelled across the Middle East and North Africa, meeting with women
and listening to their stories. Her book is a plea for outrage and
action on their behalf, confronting the 'toxic mix of culture and
religion that few seem willing or able to disentangle lest they
blaspheme or offend.' A manifesto motivated by hope and fury in equal
measure, Headscarves and Hymens is as illuminating as it is incendiary.
Mona Eltahawy is
an award-winning journalist and commentator on Arab and Muslim issues.
She has appeared as a guest speaker on CNN, the BBC and Al Jazeera, and
her essays on Egypt, the Islamic world, and women's rights have been
published by the WASHINGTON POST, the GUARDIAN and the NEW YORK TIMES.
She has won numerous awards for her writing, including the EUROPEAN
UNION'S SAMIR KASSIR PRIZE FOR FREEDOM OF THE PRESS in 2009. NEWSWEEK
magazine named Mona as one of its 150 Fearless Women of 2012.
Boktitel: Headscarves and Hymens. Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution
in Cairo and New York.
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