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Jesus Malverde

(10,274 posts)
Wed Mar 26, 2014, 07:11 AM Mar 2014

The women of Cairo University over the years.

Last edited Wed Mar 26, 2014, 07:43 AM - Edit history (1)

Cairo University 1959. - Women are dressed in a western style, they don't wear head scarves,
Women are wearing short sleeves, form fitting tops that show off their figure, and are wearing skirts that show some bare skin on the legs. Apparently they managed to pose for a picture dressed like this without causing a riot.

Cairo University 1978 - Nasser has been deposed, arab nationalism has been crushed and the soviet socialist influence on Egypt has been suppressed, women continue to dress in a western manner with some diversity. (This is the year the camp david accords were signed.) The state is run by the military with the cooperation and "aid" of the United States.

Well well what happened between 1978 and 1995, holy shit! something big. While American women were in the midst of a sexual/womens rights revolution. The heretofore progressive women of Egypt are taking a trip to the middle ages.

Now roughly 50% of the women are "pious" muslims who dress conservatively. Keep in mind the majority of the 1959 women identified themselves as muslim, the religion didn't change how they practice it did.

Now a much more extremist conservatism is forcing itself on the women of Egypt.

By 2004 the disenfranchisement of women in Egypt is complete. Gone are the short sleeves, the leg baring skirts and tight fitting tops. Women are covered from head to toe in loose clothing.

The evolution of these pictures shows these "traditions" are not native cultural practices. These are fashions imposed by extremists promoting extreme versions of Islam.

The enslavement of Egyptian women by conservative Islam is a recent phenomena.

The same process of dismepowerment has been underway in "liberated" Libya over the last three years.
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The women of Cairo University over the years. (Original Post) Jesus Malverde Mar 2014 OP
The hijab (and the rest of "proper cover") has also become a political statement for some women riderinthestorm Mar 2014 #1
telling you, world wide, it is all about male control and dominance of womens sexuality. that is seabeyond Mar 2014 #2
2020... Javaman Mar 2014 #3
I spent a year in Cairo ~1992 OnionPatch Mar 2014 #4
Disgusting how far backwards the MB has taken Egypt Jesus Malverde Mar 2014 #5
Heartbreaking. SunSeeker Jul 2022 #6


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1. The hijab (and the rest of "proper cover") has also become a political statement for some women
Wed Mar 26, 2014, 10:21 AM
Mar 2014

Interesting OP. The pictures are fascinating. K& R!



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2. telling you, world wide, it is all about male control and dominance of womens sexuality. that is
Wed Mar 26, 2014, 10:25 AM
Mar 2014

the only means men have to control women anymore. with freedom and independence, they can no longer convince women we cannot take care of ourselves. that we are not as smart or capable. that our emotions control us ergo needing a man to financially take care of our existence.

the ONLY thing that men have to control and dominate, is ownership of womens sexuality.

we see it universally. everywhere.

u.s. we see it in our govt, judicial, criminal, academics, military, media, advertisement... in all forms, it is controlling womens sexuality.

that is the ONLY hold men have today, and they are using it hard, holding on tight and pissed when they do not get to.


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4. I spent a year in Cairo ~1992
Wed Mar 26, 2014, 12:06 PM
Mar 2014

In the oppressive heat of summer, I still made sure my sleeves covered my elbows and my pants covered my knees (which was no more revealing than many local women dressed) but I got "tssk-tssk'ed" and shaking fingers from many complete strangers on the street (men, of course) who felt they had the right to try to shame me for the way I dressed. I see that it's only gotten worse.

Jesus Malverde

(10,274 posts)
5. Disgusting how far backwards the MB has taken Egypt
Wed Mar 26, 2014, 05:25 PM
Mar 2014

The military is complicit in completely neglecting any kind of secular social institutions leaving the religious conservatives to fill the void.

Thanks for your personal experience.

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