There is a likeable, good-looking young Egyptian man who has been making some interesting and thought-provoking videos that he posts on YouTube. The problem is that I watch them and come to a totally different conclusion than his about what people’s reactions in the videos mean. The conclusions he draws and the questions he asks avoid the elephant in the room.
For example, he sets up a sting where he assaults his fake girlfriend in public in a Western country after arguing with her in English and records via hidden camera whether members of the public come to her aid. When she is dressed like other Western women from that country help comes immediately. When she is dressed in the clothing of a non-western culture and he argues with her in a foreign language the only person who comes to her aid is an off-duty cop.
He says that no woman of any kind deserves to be beaten and, of course, I totally agree with him on that. What he fails to ask is the obvious question: why does the foreign culture that they were representing allow assault on women and legally class them as having half the value of a man and could that account for part of the reason why people were reluctant to help? In case you hadn’t already worked it out, the foreign culture they were representing was Islam and the clothing that the actress girlfriend was wearing was a khimar or a chador which leaves the face uncovered but covers every other part of her body.
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