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Women's Rights in Egypt

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According to a report from Alarabiya.net, Egypt is currently debating several bills to move the country toward a more fundamentalist version of Islamic rule. One law will legalize marriage of girls starting from age 14 and another, strangely (at least to this westerner), allows a husband to engage in intercourse with his wife for up to six hours after her death (clearly a cause worth fighting for). Yet another is looking to strip women of divorce rights in the country.

An Egyptian MP, Dr. Mervat al-Talawi, head of the National Council for Women, is appealing the approval of the bills in light of “the woes of Egyptian women, especially after the popular uprising that toppled president Hosni Mubarak in February 2011.”

The euphoria of the Arab Spring seems to have faded quite a bit and now we are faced with the results. Were the naysayers who feared the Islamic Brotherhood right to feel the U.S. should have supported the previous administration? Or is even an increasingly authoritarian Islamist-dominated parliament still preferable to the Mubarak regime (and the atrocities it was willing to commit)?

UPDATE!
The Huffington Post is reporting that several Egyptian sources are posting to Twitter that this story is false and that it’s likely source are those loyal to former dictator Hosni Mubarak.

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allows a husband to engage in intercourse with his wife for up to six hours after her death.

This Egyptian law is highly sexist.

What about the dead men? After all, they should be pretty hard by then.

Wise men say that the secret to a happy life is low expectations. Egyptian men must have extremely low expectations for their lovers if they are still find them sexually attractive after they have been dead for six hours.

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