This essay highlights the myriad ways in which street sexual harassment of women in Egypt, of which I argue the mass rapes of Tahrir are an egregious instance thereof, disciplines women's bodies. It describes briefly and dismisses the frameworks for understanding those practices proposed by the left, the right and the government. I also describe the role that law, in conjunction with its lax enforcement, plays in intensifying this regulation.
The essay uses purposefully the fighting radical feminist pronoun "we" to describe the predicament. I "am" an Egyptian women. I consider myself an ally in their attempt to understand, resist and eliminate a practice that has bedeviled their public lives. I am as pissed as they!
2015 Conf. Proc. Lebanese Am. U.
Scholarly Commons Citation
Abu-Odeh, Lama, "Those Awful Tahrir Rapes" (2015). Georgetown Law Faculty Publications and Other Works. Paper 1610.