In 24 hours there have been strong reactions mainly from Arabs and Muslims who refused this orientalist view to women and men in the Arab and Muslim world.
- From Dima El Khatib : Love , not hatred , Dear Mona !
- From Karim Malek : Case in Point : Mona El Tahawy’s FP article
- From Mona Karim : “Why Do they hate us !?” A blogger’s response
- From Samia Errazzouk : “Dear Mona El Tahawy , you do not represent us”
- From Phil Brennan : On Muslim-Arab issues and the Danger of Aiding the Neo-Liberal Colonialist Agenda
Now to my short comments as I think the people above have covered all what the points I want to say and have said in details , they even did it better than me.
I am fed up as Egyptian Arab Muslim African woman of that stereotype Westerners and orientalists put me in that I am being oppressed and needed to be saved as soon as possible by the Western values , you know the White man complex !! I am fed up of that stereotype at the time the Egyptian and Arab women like Samira Ibrahim , Zeinab El Khawja , Tawakel Karman, Bothiana Kamel , Noha El Zeiny made history for real in 2011 and 2012 !!?
The women who wear Niqab in Bahrain and Yemen made the dream of freedom possible , these are the same women insulted in the disgusting photos of FP.
If we are going to speak from feminist view in the same way El Tahway did in her essay , well not only the Men of Muslim world and Middle East hate the women ; the men of the world hate the women considering the abuse women witness not only in MENA but in Europe , Asia and the two Americas !! Shall I speak about how the Neocons look to the women ? Shall I speak about underage prostitution trade in Europe ? I do not need it to.
I am seriously fed up with that look to Muslim and Arab ladies !!
This is my comment , I can’t go in a full debate about views now based on radical feminism mingled with Islamophobia now as I got other things to follow including real ladies fighting for their rights and their families’ rights.