Gang assaults and rapes of women in crowds.
80 sexual assaults in one day – the other story of #Tahrir Square @Guardian http://m.guardiannews.com/world/2013/jul/05/egypt-women-rape-sexual-assault-tahrir-square …
Now the men are fighting each other with rocks.
Not too clever prediction: The military will intervene and restore order.
More: There is a really nasty attack on Joyce Carol Oates (of all people) going on on Twitter, around the question of Muslim fundamentalism and religious fundamentalism in general, and the role of fundamentalism in the current revolt in Egypt. As I interpret this, and tweets are so compressed that this could be somewhat inaccurate, Joyce Carol Oates asked the kind of question a professor would ask a class (She does teach at Princeton) and writer Teju Cole said it really must be awful for her to be so ignorant. Two things: First, there is the kind of question that is designed to start a conversation and increase knowledge and understanding, the sort of question asked in classrooms. Second, the proper response to a question, which is basically a request for further information, never is to tell the questioner that she is ignorant.
I'm trying to sort out the tweets to make them coherent, but it is difficult. Scahill may have put up something I can use, because somewhat to my surprise he follows Oates and Cole too. He is indeed a man of parts. I'll keep looking.
This could blow up into a big literary set-to.
For my part, I think religious fundamentalism and its close brother, cultism, are hideous. They're always about respecting the rights of the Alpha male against everyone else's interests. The most awful example of a deformed culture today is Saudi Arabia. Cole was implying that Americans have no right to criticize what goes down in Saudi and other Muslim countries, because hey, we're not perfect here in the U.S. But in the U.S. we women can walk down the street without having to encase ourselves in gunnysacks, for instance. We can even drive cars.
By what set of criteria can we be chastised for criticizing these degenerate men and their filthy society? I don't get it.
More More: This does shift the discourse a little. I can't be accurate, as I would like to be, because the tweets go by so fast. But to me Cole was implying that Americans have no right to say anything about other countries and cultures on account of what goes around comes around and we shouldn't talk. That, to me, is a very lame argument. If we don't criticize these things, doesn't this mean we think rape and genital mutilation and running around in gunnysacks are OK for women in other countries but not for us? We have to fight these tendencies, these attacks on women, here and abroad.
This is the place where I am supposed to put in the caveat about how I know many perfectly reasonable Muslims. Which I actually do. But that is not what this is about. It's about ongoing injustices against women that, if they don't stop, seriously make me question whether these societies should survive, or can survive. A world that is miserable for women is not worth living in.
Yet more: You know, it's a pity that the winger media are the ones pointing out that the Egyptians are starving.