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Jul 5 2013

Revolution without Rape, Please

By at 11:39 am

egypt-mayimJuly 4th has just passed. It is the anniversary of the revolution that led to the establishment of the government of the United States of America as we know it.

Another revolution has gone on as well this week: Egypt’s first democratically-elected President, Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, was just ousted by a liberal coup with the military leading charge.

But, I’m sorry. I guess we–women especially–need to be more clear about some of the goings-on of revolutions. How about this:

When you overthrow a government, DON’T RAPE WOMEN. Don’t gang rape them in the streets as part of your revolution. That’s perverted and sick and disgusting and it makes me disgusted to be a part of this world.

Did you know that this happened in 2011 to American journalist Lara Logan? She was gang-raped during the revolution that placed Morsi in office. Now it has happened to another journalist; this time a 22-year-old Dutch journalist. Yes, a 22-year-old young woman. She was raped by five men and needed surgery to recover. Raped in the street. During the revolution.

I can’t even begin to mention the women of Egypt for whom this happens all the time but especially (why, God, why?) as an act of revolutionary declaration I guess? There are women all over the world who are raped, and perhaps even more bafflingly, raped as an act of –I don’t know what –celebration? Power? Testosterone-fueled excitement? It’s disgusting. Read the rest of this entry →

About Mayim

Mayim Bialik is the grandchild of immigrants from Eastern Europe and the mother of two young boys. She is best known for her lead role in the 1990s NBC sitcom Blossom, as well as her current role as Amy Farrah Fowler on CBS' The Big Bang Theory.

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