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 →