What Arab Parents Can Learn from ’13 Reasons Why’

What Arab Parents Can Learn from ’13 Reasons Why’

by Marwa Saadawi — Licensed Child Therapist

  As our society in the Arab world slowly and quietly begins to whisper about mental health illness, the latest Netflix show, 13 Reasons Why, is a viscerally real, enlightening and at times uncomfortable perspective of what adolescents are struggling with today.     The show touches on a number of taboo issues that teenagers […]

Things Our Society Must Stop Telling Victims of Harassment

Things Our Society Must Stop Telling Victims of Harassment

  One of the most Egyptian things a person could do is to give unsolicited advice (mostly in a derogatory way) to shame the person for saying something or stand up for themselves. It could be from loved ones to complete strangers who think they’re collecting bonus points by giving you their two-cents. Women, especially, […]

Mona El-Shazly Encouraging Sexual Harassment on Live TV Is NOT Okay

Mona El-Shazly Encouraging Sexual Harassment on Live TV Is NOT Okay

by Nouran Samer

  I don’t usually watch Mona El-Shazly’s show on CBC, but almost every single time that I do she never ceases to blow my mind, in a totally negative way. I stumbled upon a video today that made me question how her show is still being aired.   On November 3rd, the Egyptian TV host had […]

I Experienced Physical Sexual Harassment for the First Time and It Destroyed Me

I Experienced Physical Sexual Harassment for the First Time and It Destroyed Me

By Christiane Khouzam

  We stay quiet about the things that we need to raise our voices most about. For the first time today, I experienced physical sexual harassment in the unwelcoming streets of my country. I was walking with my friend, and out of the blue, he touched me. I swear, my mind went blank, empty. I […]

Al Masry Al Youm Caricature Makes Fun of Sexual Harrasment and It’s Not OK

Al Masry Al Youm Caricature Makes Fun of Sexual Harrasment and It’s Not OK

  One day after El Shorouk News published an article with the N-Word in the front page headline, Egyptian publications continued to surprise us as Al Masry Al Youm published a caricature on Sunday that is nothing but very sexist and offensive.   The caricature shows a guy talking to a girl’s dad about proposing […]

An Open Letter to the Fasting Sexual Harassers

An Open Letter to the Fasting Sexual Harassers

Its common, expected even,  disgusting nonetheless but sexual harassment in the Middle East is something myself and many women in the region have unfortunately become accustomed to. We all have our own ways of dealing with it: ignoring the harasser, talking back, or a good slap to the face. The thing is we thought we’d […]

Egyptians Say What They Think About Women in the Famous Ripped Jeans and It’s Disgusting

Egyptians Say What They Think About Women in the Famous Ripped Jeans and It’s Disgusting

  For the last couple of days, a photo of ripped jeans at Pull & Bear has been making headlines. A girl posted the jeans with a rip at the very top of the back of the thigh, adding that this is fashion in Egypt. As usual, everyone freaked out,  even though it could have […]

Helwan University Professor Forcefully Retired for Sexual Harassment

Helwan University Professor Forcefully Retired for Sexual Harassment

A couple of months ago, Egyptian social media was taken by storm when accusations surfaced against Faculty of Fine Arts Professor Galal Mohamed in Helwan University. According to students, the professor has sexually harassed them on multiple occasions, both verbally and physically, and they were blackmailed into giving in if they wanted to keep good […]

Egyptian Women Salute Provocative Anti-Sexual Harassment Video

Egyptian Women Salute Provocative Anti-Sexual Harassment Video

  Sexual harassment has always been that one thing that women hate most about the Arab world, Egypt in particular. It is both degrading and infuriating, the initial shock that women suffer from robs them the chance to correctly deal with situation, which would be to emasculate the harasser. Then along came a video of […]

TV Show ‘Wesh ElSa3d’ Premiered Last Night And Viewers Are Horrified

TV Show ‘Wesh ElSa3d’ Premiered Last Night And Viewers Are Horrified

  Last night, MBC Masr finally premiered its long-awaited TV show Wesh ElSa3d hosted by Egyptian comedy actor Mohamed Sa3d. The show’s first guest was singer and actress Haifa Wahbe and that’s when things got out of control. The jokes were not funny, Sa3d kept on flirting, which sounded like borderline misogynistic harassment, and the […]

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