Egyptian Women: Cover Up — or the Catcall Is Your Fault
“What were you wearing?” That’s the response Egyptian women often receive when complaining about an unwanted advance — but it’s other women, not men, asking it. Eighty-four percent of them believe that a provocatively dressed woman deserves to be harassed, OZY reports, compared to 70 percent of Egyptian men. That leaves little room for solidarity among the 99-plus percent of women who’ve reported being sexually harassed.
Has it always been like this? Older Egyptians remember a time when wearing short skirts was the norm, but conservative politics have increasingly cemented Egypt as a patriarchal society.