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Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution

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Egyptian-American journalist Mona Eltahawy - one of our 2013 International Speaker Series' most riveting presenters - returns to Portland with her new manifesto on misogyny in the Arab world. Both a plea for outrage and a call to action, Headscarves and Hymens had its genesis as a controversial 2012 article for Foreign Policy, "Why Do They Hate Us?" -  generated more than 4000 posts on the FP website and broke all records for the magazine. Drawing on her years as a journalist and commentator throughout the Middle East, Eltahawy met with women across the region, listened and documented their stories  - coming away with a radical understanding of what the Arab Spring meant for women.  Motivated by hope and fury in equal measure, Eltahawy argues that the Arab Spring created two revolutions: one where women fought with men to topple oppressive regimes; the other fought against an entire political and economic system that treats women in countries from Yemen and Saudi Arabia to Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya as second-class citizens. If her 2013 appearance was any hint, you won't want to miss this!

 



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