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Diana Alghoul

'Man up and control what your daughters wear,' says Egyptian campaign

Banner translation: 'Man up and don't let your daughters wear tight clothes' [Facebook]

Date of publication: 23 August, 2017

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Blog: Sexual predators attack their victims regardless of whether they are elderly or underage, but claim to be victims of their own testosterone.

The debate on women's clothing in Egypt is a long-winding one, frequently grabbing the attention of the media, religious clerics, business owners and politicians across the country.

For one reason or another, whether she chooses to wear revealing clothes or swim in a burkini, a woman's bodily autonomy is immediately politicised, leaving her accountable to society and the state.

More recently, though, the culture of control has manifested itself into colourful banners across Cairo which tell men to "man up" and control their daughters.

The signs translate to "man up and don't let your daughters wear tight clothes", and "man up and don't let your daughters wear ripped clothes".

According to UN research, a staggering 99.3 percent of women in Egypt have been sexually harassed. Men and boys prey on their victims regardless of whether they are elderly or underage, claiming to be victims of their own testosterone, sexually infuriated by even the thought of the female existing.

Read more: All Egyptian women are survivors of sexual violence

This latest campaign to blame victims has been met with support in Egypt.

"Good idea. The only people, who are against this are secular degenerates, homosexuals and hypocrits and militant feminists [sic]" one person commented.

"I dont like Woman WHO are naked . There are Rules in islam what we have to Follow [sic]," another said.

Unsurprisingly, some even tweeted out a picture of one of the banners, endorsing it as a trait of masculinity.

Women, on the other hand, were quick to voice their opinions on the blatant violation of their freedoms and hyper-sexualisation of their very presence.

Translation: In this case man up and lower your gaze
Man up and do not sexually harass girls
Man up and defend a girl if a man assaulted her on the streets

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