“Headscarves and Hymens” is a Heartbreaking Portrayal of Everyday Life for Muslim Women

“Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution” by Mona Eltahawy is a must read for any libertine interested in the level of gender inequality in Islam.  The abuses Eltahawy lists are shocking:

  1. 90% of married Egyptian women between the ages of 15 and 49 have undergone female genital mutilation,
  2. in Egypt 99.3% of women have experienced sexual harassment,
  3. Saudi Arabian women of any age need the permission of a male legal guardian marry, work or access education, must wear abaya robes and headscarves in public, and
  4. 15 teenage girls died in 2002 when “morality police” prevented them from leaving a burning school in Mecca because they were not wearing “correct” Islamic dress.

Eltahawy believes the root of this inequality is the particularly Saudi-style interpretation of Islam.  “Headscarves and Hymens” can be purchased on Amazon.  We highly recommend it.