Women's " Rights" In Egypt
"I Don't Mind A Parasite. I Object To A Cut-Rate One."
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...but before I go back to the real world, I thought I'd share this item of recent "news" from the al arabiya news service. From their item titled: "Egyptian beats pregnant wife to death for not voting for Mursi" comes this report:

"An Egyptian plumber in Alexandria beat his pregnant wife to death upon learning that she had not voted for Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate Mohammed Mursi, reported the Egyptian daily al-Wafd on Sunday.

According to police reports, the initial argument between the couple who was not named escalated into violence, despite her pleas. Battered and bruised, she was reported to have died at the hospital from injuries sustained.

Domestic fights have dominated Egyptian news headlines when the bid fell on the two most feared and most controversial candidates, Mursi and former prime minister Ahmed Shafiq.

Voters, along with Egyptian media personalities, heatedly defended their chosen candidates and eagerly await the result which will be announced Sunday."

See: http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/06/24/222413.html

That's the entire text of the piece (other than the title under the photo which essentially summarizes the article). Note that there is no mention of charges pending against the plumber. No mention of what a heinous "crime" this is. No mention of any condemnation of the plumber by the news service or by Egyptian society.

Women's "rights?" "Wars on Women?" In view of the recent political squabbles by the Democrats and the Republicans trying to attract women voters, one wonders if they - or even American women at large - know the real meaning of women's "rights" and what a "war on women" actually is.

My hunch is that Egyptian women know.

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up2sumptin commented on Sunday, Jun 24, 2012 at 16:55 PM

I lubs you Sebekm but the war on women is almost universal. Some places is worse than others but that doesn't diminish the fact men (not anyone who posts here, of course) still view second class citizens or worse, as chattel to be bought, sold or disposed of when no longer needed. To compare the US record on women to other nations is like saying Hitler was less evil than Stalin because he didn't kill as many people.

sebekm commented on Sunday, Jun 24, 2012 at 18:48 PM

up2: Then I guess I apologize for any part I have played - intentional or not - in the American "war on women" over the years. But being raised by a bi-polar, dominating mother; being taught for 12 years by extremely strong-willed (almost officious) nuns; and being married to Miss Feisty of 1970 (who I fondly refer to as "Mrs. Chief") for 42 years, I hadn't realized that I was really in control, and they (the mother, the nuns, and The Feisty) were really "second class citizens."

I should also add - as I pointed out once before - for more than 20 years I supervised hundreds of women in the workplace, and the lumps I took on their behalf from MY bosses made me at times feel like a whack-a-mole.

But enough with feeling sorry for myself - I feel sorry for those women in the Islamic countries, who I seriously doubt would consider the treatment of women in THIS country as being either Hitler- or Stalin-esque. But I wonder...since the Dems on Capitol Hill pay women staffers less than their male counterparts, and Republicans are trying to take away women's birth control:

Which ones are the Hitlers, and which ones are the Stalins?

up2sumptin commented on Sunday, Jun 24, 2012 at 19:08 PM

Sorry, I am still giggling over Miss Fiesty 1970....

sebekm commented on Sunday, Jun 24, 2012 at 19:30 PM

Actually, I must pay homage where homage is due. The Feisty One deserves a lot of credit (or the opposite - depending on your point of view) for what you see being posted on this site every day. When we first got married and during my early years of negotiating the work force, she always used to say:

"You ought to stand up for yourself more. People walk all over you. You never complain about anything. People are calling you "the company man" behind your back."

So I took her advice, and over the years I have worked very hard at becoming the cantankerous, obstreperous, sanctimonious, know-it-all you see online before you today.

In tribute to this during our most romantic moments, I also often refer to my dearie as "Mrs. Frankenstein," 'cause when she now complains about how cantakerous, obstreperous, and sanctimonious I have become, I tell her:

"You only have yourself to blame."

lholmes commented on Monday, Jun 25, 2012 at 09:36 AM

lol...you have "Mrs. Fiesty". I have had the honor of awarding my spouse the "Golden Spitfire Award" for the last 23 years. The saying "big things come in small packages" comes to mind, like a hand grenade.

sebekm commented on Monday, Jun 25, 2012 at 17:56 PM

...and in a story related to the basic blog post, Saudi Arabia has finally decided to "allow" women to participate in Olympic sports:


So maybe there's some progress in the worldwide "wars on women" after all. The Saudi government has now employed what the article describes as a "sensitive reform" to inch women in that country closer to the treatment women receive throughout most of the civilized world.

Meanwhile, in Egypt, women continue to be routinely publicly beaten without consequence. A good example is incident involving the "blue bra girl":


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