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Instead of flaming everyone, shouldn't the debate be about finding the middle ground? Men and women are equal - period! They should have equal rights in work, marriage and the same freedoms as men.
I respect Ms Eltahawy for keeping the debate alive and "in our faces". Irrespective of any bias or whether she is "advanc(ing) her own career" (doubtful) or whether the title of the article is inflammatory. This is not just an Arab problem, nor is it a Muslim v's Christian issue, this is an issue for women's rights worldwide. It just happens that a lot of the problems are in the Middle East.
Help keep the heat on by sharing the article until everyone has read it! Perhaps then the UN Human Rights Council will wake up and put pressure where it is needed for change.
1 year ago on Conversation @ http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/04/23/why_do_they_hate_us
I saw Ms Mona Eltahawy interviewed on CNN and felt I had to read the original article as she was so eloquent about such a shameful situation, I was surprised she was able to contain her anger. This is an important subject that most people in the West don't understand or are even interested in. I wonder if Arab men "hate" females or just abuse them as they see them as their own property, to do with as they see fit - something like a slave.
The United Nations has issued a declaration denouncing slavery http://www.un.org/en/events/slaveryabolitionday/ so perhaps this issue could be raised in the UN and included in future initiatives, starting by widening the definition of slavery to include the abuse of women.
Finally I understand that this article has been translated into Arabic; I'd like to find the link so that I can forward it for greater understanding, citing the UN's theme of “Protect, Respect and Remedy”.