Sunday, January 08, 2006

The Culture Of Death And Misogyny

Jerusalem Post:
Fatah gunmen on Saturday threatened to shut the offices of the pan-Arab Al-Arabiyah satellite TV station in the West Bank and Gaza Strip after accusing it of "defaming" Palestinian female suicide bombers and their families.

Leaflets distributed by Fatah's armed wing, the Aksa Martyrs Brigades, demanded that the Dubai-based station apologize to the families in particular and the Palestinians in general within 24 hours or else its offices would be closed.
Al-Arabiyah's "misdeed' is that it aired a documentary about female suicide bombers.
One of the women interviewed for the film is Nawal El Saadawi, a leading Egyptian feminist, sociologist, medical doctor and militant writer on Arab women's problems.

Since she began to write over 25 years ago, El Saadawi's books have all focused on Arab women, their sexuality and legal status. From the start, her writings were considered controversial and dangerous for the society, and were banned in Egypt.

In 1977, she published her most famous work, The Hidden Face of Eve, which covered a host of topics relative to Arab women such as aggression against female children and female genital mutilation, prostitution, sexual relationships, marriage and divorce and Islamic fundamentalism.