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    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.

    Blaming the Victim

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