Headscarves and Hymens

Headscarves and Hymens

Why the Middle East Needs A Sexual Revolution

Book - 2015
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"A passionate manifesto decrying misogyny in the Arab world, by an Egyptian American journalist and activist When the Egyptian journalist Mona Eltahawy published an article in Foreign Policy magazine in 2012 titled "Why Do They Hate Us?" it provoked a firestorm of controversy. The response it generated, with more than four thousand posts on the website, broke all records for the magazine, prompted dozens of follow-up interviews on radio and television, and made it clear that misogyny in the Arab world is an explosive issue, one that engages and often enrages the public. In Headscarves and Hymens, Eltahawy takes her argument further. Drawing on her years as a campaigner and commentator on women's issues in the Middle East, she explains that since the Arab Spring began, women in the Arab world have had two revolutions to undertake: one fought with men against oppressive regimes, and another fought against an entire political and economic system that treats women in countries from Yemen and Saudi Arabia to Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya as second-class citizens. 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"--
Publisher: Toronto :, HarperCollins Publishers,, [2015]
Edition: First Canadian edition
ISBN: 9781443437967
Branch Call Number: 305.420956 ELT
Characteristics: 240 pages ; 20 cm


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Sep 02, 2019

This book is so well written, thoughtful, book. It was hard to read because of the sadness it evokes. I wish girls everywhere are given the opportunity for an education.

Nov 23, 2015

Awesome book that opened my eyes to the reality a woman must deal with when you live with cultural misogyny. I changed and started to realize things are still in the dark ages for women in the Arab world: what will we in Canada do to make Saudi Arabia accountable for the inequities.

Aug 16, 2015

Imagine, you are kidnapped, raped, beaten, burned and then you escape. Your rapist, kidnapper, and torturer is arrested and given a lengthy prison sentence. Its done, right? WRONG! In this middle eastern country a kidnapper, rapist and torturer can get out of jail if the victim MARRIES HER ATTACKER. Never happen you say. It does happen. The attackers family put pressure on her, so too does her own family. The rapists family keeps their vicious son out of prison, her family gets to restore the family's honour after HER SHAME. This and a lot more. This book is written by an Egyptian muslim women who started to question WHY? A September 2014 article in the Jordan Times estimated that as many as 95 percent of the rape cases in Jordan are resolved with the survivors marrying their rapists.

Jun 17, 2015

A highly opinionated rant. Journalistic writing.

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