Will the 2013 Egyptian uprising, like 2011, be remembered for its sexual
Itís 4am in Tahrir Square as I write this. The RT webcam is
still hot, and I can see that the crowds have dispersed enough that some
vehicles can get through and drive up and down the streets. Itís been a long
day for them all. From first light the square was packed with flag waving
Egyptians who, apparently, stayed in the same place for 20 hours waving their
flags and doing whatever else they do . . . I have no clue.
Well, I guess I do have a clue as to what some of them were doing: raping and
assaulting women. Google "Tahrir rape" and youíll get more to read
than you really want to. Here are a few examples:
A lot of the attention is directed at the 22 yo Dutch journalist who was
raped by 5 men so badly she required surgery. As of yesterday there were
reports that at least 91 women have been raped by Egyptian mobs.
Youíre right, sounds like the Tahrir Square of two years ago, when there
were many outrageous stories of gang rapes in the middle of the protests. It
makes one wonder whether staging these protests is the way Egyptian men get
their rocks off. Hereís the part that would be funny if it wasnít so sick: Joe
Stork deputy director of Human Rights Watch blames
it on the government.
Since November 2011, police have stayed away from Tahrir Square during
bigger protests, to avoid clashes with protesters. This has left women
protesters unprotected, and the men involved in the gang attacks and rapes
secure in the knowledge that they will not be arrested or identified by
police, Human Rights Watch said.
Right, Joe. Thereís millions of ranting and raging men on the street and itís
the governmentís fault they are raping women in their midst.
For days, none of this rape mess occurred to me as I watched the RTís Tahrir Square
webcam. I mean, all you can see is a sea of bodies and
oscillating flags, not a rape in sight. But I wondered about an odd pathway I could see in the
crowd in the view of one of the RT web cams. How and why, right in the middle of
the chaos, were they were able to maintain that pathway? You could see men
policing the pathway, keeping it clear. And occasionally you would see women and
children walking along it. It was not until I saw the Daily Mail article
understood what I was looking at.
If you look closely at the screen-grab above, you will see that the part of
the crowd on the left is all women. You can tell by their hijabs. The part of
the crowd on the right is all men. The pathway is not real clear in the
screen-grab, but itís there to keep the men away from the women. IOW, the
pathway is there to help protect the women from being raped by these Arab
savages. You can see this separation better in the Daily Mail photo at the link
Why am I surprised? Why am I surprised that Muslim men have to be physically
kept separate from women in a public rally to keep the women safe? Thatís what
the hijab and the burqa are for: so that Muslim perverts will not become
overcome by lust at the sight of a womanís . . . what? Nose? Lips? Hair? I
mean the whole hijab/burqa thing is an admission by hundreds of millions of
Muslims that they are sexual savages. That they do not have the self-control of
Maybe this Arab Spring, Act I, Scene II is going to work out for the
Egyptians. I hope so. But when I think of the 2011 uprising, what first comes to
mind is the raping of women in public by these Muslim thugs, and I guess thatís
what Iíll be thinking about with respect to the 2013 uprising. I know itís
not fair. There are millions of people out on the street and itís only a tiny,
tiny handful canít keep their dicks in their pants. But itís a much larger
proportion who are watching and not doing anything that lets these bastards get
away with their crimes. And maybe itís the Islamophobic press that is pushing
these horrible stories to make them seem worse and more numerous than they are.
But I think itís more than that. It is something any civilized person is going
to be disgusted by and take note of. Even reporters there to report on the