Sunday Miscellany

1. Yusuf Islam, formerly Cat Stevens, was awarded an undisclosed sum in damages for libel.

I like his music, so even though he’s not an Arab, I’m going to mention him on this blog. Anyway, sometimes he sings in Arabic.

Yay for justice.

2. Two thirds of Egyptian men admit to harassing women.

CAIRO (Reuters) – Nearly two-thirds of Egyptian men admit to having sexually harassed women in the most populous Arab country, and a majority say women themselves are to blame for their maltreatment, a survey showed Thursday.

The forms of harassment reported by Egyptian men, whose country attracts millions of foreign tourists each year, include touching or ogling women, shouting sexually explicit remarks, and exposing their genitals to women.

It said 62 percent of Egyptian men reported perpetrating harassment, while 83 percent of Egyptian women reported having been sexually harassed. Nearly half of women said the abuse occurred daily.

Only 2.4 percent of Egyptian women reported it to the police, with most saying they did not believe anyone would help. Some feared reporting harassment would hurt their reputations.

That kind of talk reminds me a lot of the US in the seventies. That’s when the soap opera, General Hospital, had a storyline about a young woman falling in love with her rapist and later marrying him. There was also a “national dialogue” about whether a man having sex with his wife against her will could be considered rape.

And on a lighter note, 3. remember “Bless his heart”? It appears to be more well-known than I realized.

God bless him, bless his heart, president of the United States — a total failure, losing all credibility with the American people on the economy, on the war, on energy, you name the subject.

–Nancy Pelosi, July 2008


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