Feminist: the person who believes in the social,
political, and economic equality of the sexes
From Chimamanda’s book: We Should All Be Feminists
We teach girls to shrink themselves
To make themselves smaller
We say to girls,
“You can have ambition
But not too much
You should aim to be successful
But not too successful
Otherwise you will threaten the man.”
Because I am female
I am expected to aspire to marriage
I am expected to make my life choices
Always keeping in mind that
Marriage is the most important
Now marriage can be a source of
Joy and love and mutual support
But why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage
And we don’t teach boys the same?
We raise girls to see each other as competitors
Not for jobs or for accomplishments
Which I think can be a good thing
But for the attention of men
We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings
In the way that boys are
Some people battle oppressive governments and other people fight oppressive societies. Manal al-Sharif asks, “which battle do you think is harder?”:
Human Trafficking Center defines human trafficking as:
[t]he recruitment and/or movement of someone within or across borders, through the abuse of power/position with the intention of forced exploitation, commercial or otherwise.
Matt Friedman Speaks on Human Trafficking, October 2012 Tedx:
Egyptian journalist Mona Eltahawy is currently on a global book tour promoting her latest publication and global women’s issues.
Eltahawy was born in Port Said, Egypt. Her parents were both academics, thus requiring her family to move to the UK when she was a child and then Saudi Arabia when she was an adolescent. It is in Saudi Arabia that Eltahawy was confronted with misogyny, explaining to The Guardian that, “[a]s a woman in Saudi Arabia, you have one of two options. You either lose your mind – which at first happened to me because I fell into a deep depression – or you become a feminist.”
The World Affairs Council of Dallas writes about the praise that Eltahawy’s book has received from press worldwide:
Eltahawy has traveled 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 has been a journalist and activist for more than two decades, serving as a correspondent for Reuters in Cairo and Jerusalem and writing for many well-known publications such as The Guardian, The Washington Post, the International Herald-Tribune and U.S. News and World Report.
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