Two-thirds of Egyptian men harass women?

by Kal El on July 17, 2008 · 7 comments

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Tell me something I don’t already know. The same can be said about the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, and don’t get me started on Saudi…

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. “Sexual harassment has become an overwhelming and very real problem experienced by all women in Egyptian society, often on a daily basis,” said the report by the Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights.

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

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 survey of more than 2,000 Egyptian men and women and 109 foreign women said the vast majority of Egyptians believed that sexual harassment in Egypt was on the rise, citing a worsening economic situation and a lack of awareness or religious values.

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.

“The vast majority of women did nothing when confronted with sexual harassment,” the survey said, adding that most Egyptian women believed the victim should “remain silent.”

Some 53 percent of men blamed women for bringing on sexual harassment, saying they enjoyed it or were dressed in a way deemed indecent. Some women agreed.

“Out of Egyptian women and men interviewed, most believe that women who wear tight clothes deserve to be harassed,” the survey said. It added most agreed women should be home by 8 p.m.

The survey said most of the Egyptian women who told of being harassed said they were dressed conservatively, with the majority wearing the Islamic headscarf. The harassment took place on the streets or on public transport, as well as in tourist destinations and foreign educational institutions.

Therein lies the mistake made by the Egyptian women – they were only wearing an abbayat, not the niqab. WHORES! Also not shocking is their lack of reporting it to the police, since a woman’s testimony is only worth 1/2 a man’s…

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  • Philip Saenz

    Well, no, you can’t blame those horny male, macho Muslims for their sexual attacks on women.  These pervert Muslims are just as holy as their false prophet Muhammad who married little Aisha when the child was only six years old, and then got into her little panties when she was a bit less than nine years old. Here, too, it was little Aisha’s fault.  Remember, there are no perverts in Islam land. If it so happens that one occasionally goes astray, they can always blame the female.

    • The truth

      I so agree. I have tried to see the good in Islam but I can't. Circumcision of women, a man having a right to take up to 4 wives, a man having a right to beat his wife to death, a woman being blamed for not producing sons, having to cover themselves constantly in those baking hot countries, constantly having to watch their back so that the sexually repressed perverts don't rape them, constantly worrying about their father/brother or husband's honour, child bridal practices that continues in many countries like the Yemen, honour killings, arranged marriages, stoning, being a virgin on their wedding night……………..

  • Tonto (USA)

    Poor bastards have to be the most sexually repressed men on the planet.  no wonder they go nuts when the come to western countries(no pun intended).  Sweden reports that 95% of rapes in Sweden are comitted by muslims on non-muslims.  That oughta tell ya something.

  • carolyne

    Sicko – psychos!  Need to cut there you know what’s out,  like Jackson said about his best friend Obama , who needs a friend like that?  Glad he is his friend, and not any kin to me.  Sheesh, these Muslim nut jobs are a piece of crap!

  • The truth

    I feel sorry for Egyptian women. They must be the most repressed of all Muslim women. Up to 90% of them have their clits removed through circumcision to prevent them from turning into sexual deviants. There goes a lifetime of sexual problems when they get married. On top of that, they get constantly harassed by their men on the streets day and night.. They have no rights whatsoever. I went to Egypt last year & never again. I have never come across a more perverted group of men in my whole entire life. It beggars belief the way some of these Muslim women will defend a faith that oppresses them so much

    • Mstilley7

      Female circumcision 90% Geesh your a dumb ass, angry and uneducated on the topic….


        Mstilley7, Oh please educate us all,we don’t want to be uneducated,we can’t wait to hear your words of wisdom,and read your sources on the subject.We just can’t wait,please hurry.