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Sexism in Arabic Music
Transcript of Sexism in Arabic Music
Sexism in Arabic Music in Relation to Sexual Harassment of Egyptian Activists
Women in Songs
Sexual Harassment in Egypt,
"Our mission is to end the social acceptability of sexual harassment. We work to achieve this by engaging all of society to re-establish consequences for harassers by encouraging all people to be watchful against harassment and take action by speaking up against harassers."
"Dad, I want to work!"
But we don't have girls who work with their degrees. Our girls are to be spoiled. Your work is my love and affection because you are the queen of my heart and you won't have time to do other things..
I want you, oh apple,
I have never seen a girl as beautiful as you,
I've got to grab that apple..
Queens for the home, fruit and sexual entertainers on E rated music channels
Hey look, I have my eyes on you wherever you go, I have nothing else but to go around following you
Hey look, I will love you, against your will, and follow your footsteps like your shadow
Hey I know all your secrets and all those who you come in contact with,
I will love you against your will...
What can I do for you?
I am cute and beautiful
And you will start fantasizing about me as soon as you see me, so what do you want me to do for YOU?
Be aware! Songs are highly catchy
Yasmine Al-Baramwai, a musician who expierianced mass sexual harassment for 70 whole minutes
"Women are crazy, and they are all the same, whether she is modern and unveiled, or totally covered."
Dula maganeen, Abu al Leef.
A woman in these songs is expected to be submissive, watched over, objectified, crazy or otherwise a prostitute. Considering that people from all ages are constantly being exposed to these messages, since some of these songs are very popular, a female political activist, whether unveiled or veiled, doesn't fit that picture. It is threatening to see women diligent, vocal and angry. Female Egyptian activists, for example, have defied that picture over and over. The price? Gang rapes and constant sexual harassment. But this is not about sexuality, it is about power and intimidation, it is about scaring women off the streets and marginalizing their political role.
On January 25 alone, the second anniversary of Egypt's uprising, at least 19 cases of assault against women were documented at protests in Cairo.
NPR's Leila Fadel February 21, 2013
My body hair is not excessive
My brain is not lacking
My voice won't be lowered
And my hymen is none of your business
The Circle of Hell. A graffiti painting by Mira and Zeft addressing the sexual harassments at Tahrir Square.
Global Protest Feb12
Global Protest Feb12, Alexandria
The Uprising of Women in the Arab World/facebook page 100k memebers
Palestine, for Egyptians and Syrians
Give me my freedom, release my hands, for I gave it all, I never held back. Your shackles are causing my wrists to bleed, why would I keep them when they are finishing me?
Interestingly, Egyptian women are finding expression to their frustration of sexual harassment in music. During the Global March against sexual harassment, Egyptians raised banners with the picture of Umm Kulthoum, a classical Arab singer known as the Star of the East, with lyrics from her famous songs performed more than 50 years ago "Patience Has Its Limits, and Give Me My Freedom." This gives hope that Arab women and men, both in Egypt and beyond, are not only fighting against sexism in their societies, but are also rescuing our musical heritage from sexism in modern songs.
NOW NEWs.com SALAMA ABDELLATIF February 5, 2013
Sayida from Tunisia
I support the uprising of Arab women because I want to secure my future.
patience has its limits
A Strong Woman will be Everywhere, and a Harasser is a Coward.
The revolution won't pass over the bodies of women or through them
I am with the uprising of women in the Arab world because since men ruled the earth they have destroyed it...
Volunteers working to stop mass sexual violence in protests.
Happy International Women's Day!