Just a month ago, here on MMW, I tried to highlight the fact that mainstream media was focusing on Islamists’ statements regarding what women wear, while, in fact, what was even more dangerous was their vision regarding women and child law. I referred in that article to quotations from Dr. Manal Abul-Hassan about allowing female genital mutilation, and to Abul-Hassan’s description of child protection laws as simply an imitation of the West (and therefore bad or unnecessary).
Turns that Dr. Abul-Hassan, media professor in October 6th University in Cairo, has even more to say about Egyptian women.
A couple weeks ago, Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper interviewed her:
“Dr. Manal Abul-Hassan, Secretary of the Women’s Committee for the Freedom and Justice Party, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), has accused women participating in the women’s march in Tahrir… of being funded from abroad and following a foreign agenda.”
The same day that interview was published, there was all sorts of negative feedback, all over the internet. Even Dr. Abul-Hassan’s official Facebook page was full of angry comments.
The next day, she said on her Facebook page, and on the official Ikhwan website, that she had been misquoted.
So right now, the whole fuss is about whether she actually made those accusations or not, as if that was the only problem with her interview.
According to the interview, Dr. Abul-Hassan also said: “When women goes to defend her rights, she affronts her dignity,” and then “Does she not have a husband, or brother, or son defend her and her rights?” [Read more...]