There is a war on women going on, it’s been going on a long time, and it’s in the Middle East.
Although there’s room to believe there’s some occasional exaggeration–in many traditionalist cultures, women have far more power in the household than is shown to the outside world–there can be no doubt that in the public sphere and at least sometimes in the private sphere it’s a horror show. And for all the good being done during the “Arab Spring,” some ugliness is coming out that needs to be observed, acknowledged, and talked about, so that those taking power or finding their voices in the Middle East do not get to silence other important voices. Mona Eltahawy has a riveting look in Why Do They Hate Us? The Real War On Women Is In The Middle East.
Riveting and sickening. Read the whole thing.
(This item cross-posted to The Moderate Voice.)