Women walking in downtown CairoAccording to this Reuters article, Two-thirds of Egyptian men harass women?,

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 article talks about the possible negative effects on tourism.

The behavior could have repercussions on Egypt’s tourism industry, a major foreign income earner, with 98 percent of foreign women saying they had experienced harassment in the country, the survey said.

The article seems to be surprised that something like this could happen in Egypt.

Egyptian women and female visitors frequently complain of persistent sexual harassment on Egyptian streets, despite the socially conservative nature of this traditional Muslim society.

I think that the author is equating Judeo-Christian conservatism with Muslim conservatism when the two are not necessarily the same.

One Response to “Two-thirds of Egyptian men harass women?”

Topher wrote a comment on July 27, 2008

Ha! I went a family vacation to Cairo before I was married. My mom (being a strong Korean woman) was intent on give the driver that we hired a hard time…. she agressively asked him if he had more that one wife, he had a look of surprise and horror on his face, and answered…”Oh no…one is enough!”

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