December 17 – Beyond the Rage: How the rhetoric may affect the feminist cause in Egypt

During the violent dispersal of the #OccupyCabinet sit in, a female protestor is brutalized, dragged down, her torso stripped naked by military forces – a photo showing her ordeal becomes an iconic symbol of SCAF violations and sparks wider and stronger outrage than any other accounts or images of its prior atrocities.
While the outrage is definitely justified, in this post I discuss how the focus on the protestor’s gender and her exposed body may misplace its cause, how the (excessive) highlight of the added vulnerability to sexual violence of female protestors over any other risks and violations can become an impeding protective frenzy over women rather than a condemnation of SCAF and its crimes against the protestors.

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