Tuesday, June 26, 2018

How do you say "Sexism" in Arabic?

In his article for DW Arabia, Alaa Al-Aswani asks when the Arabs translate the word SEXISM?
- "It's true six but better than 100 men"
POLICY 19.06.2018 (Browser translation)

Alaa Al-Aswani: When does the world respect us?

- "Sibek from the words of women"
- "Bravo .. Int Talaat Dakr (male) hard"
- "And God Almighty Olesk scarves and Ikadk in the house as the women"
POLICY 29.05.2018
Alaa Al-Aswani: "Do we need the clergy?"

These are examples of ordinary phrases that we often mention in our daily conversations and hear in the street and in TV series, and often see them as objectionable, although they bear unfortunate regret for women as examples of cowardice and helplessness. Such talk is socially rejected in the West and is described as SEXISM

Meaning "belief, expression or behavior on the basis that gender difference leads to a difference in human rights or capabilities".

We have not yet translated this term into Arabic because we are simply practicing women's deception constantly and we do not see a flaw in that.

Read the Arab history You will find countless examples of contempt for women, when the last of the kings of Andalusia (Abu Abdullah Muhammad XII) was sent to his city Granada with a last look before leaving and wept. Then his mother said to him:

- Abak like women on a king did not obey him like men

Once again, our culture paints the image of a courageous man who is capable of protecting the homeland and of establishing the image of a helpless and trivial woman who can not do anything except cry. The whole world despised women in ancient times, but the civilized world has completely eliminated the inferior view of women, but we still suffer from them in the Arab world. The woman's contempt is also due to our religious heritage. The opinion of most jurists in Islam is that the eldest girl does not marry herself, but requires a man's agent to marry her. Moreover, the testimony of the woman before the judge is not limited to the limits or the punishment. With other women, and the jurists explain these provisions that women are weak nerves and suffer from a lack of reason makes them closer to confusion and forgetfulness must be taken testimony of two women together.

It is true that Islam has given women many rights in ancient times, but in our times, jurisprudential rulings (not religion itself) often seem unjust to women. It is absurd to discuss in the 21st century whether women are equal to men in capabilities. It is enough to recall that the most powerful European political figure now is Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany. In Britain, in the Falklands War of 1982, Margaret Thatcher, Which was then led by generals, no doubt in their male and female.

The measure of our respect for women lies in our perception of them. Do we consider a woman a complete man who happened to be a female and that man is a complete man who happened to be male? Do we educate our daughters to be the priority in life to learn and work or tell our daughters that the most important thing in the world to get a suitable groom ..? The pressure on the Arab girl from the society and from her family if she reached 30 and did not get married and that negative social outlook of divorced women as a failure or easy to achieve and glorify the mental image of the widow who cancels her needs as a woman and dedicated to raising her children. All these phenomena confirm that we are still far from respecting women as a human being full of abilities and rights.

Since the end of the 19th century, Arab women have struggled to free themselves from the constraints of underdevelopment. In Egypt, women have been deprived of their right to education, work and voting. The Egyptian woman has been stripped of the Turkish burqa imposed on her in a ceremony attended by the leader Saad Zaghloul in which he said that Egypt will not be liberated without women Egyptian In 1933 Egypt celebrated its whole generosity as the first pilot club in Egypt and Africa.

In 1952, the military took control of Egypt and the same happened in most Arab countries where the foreign occupation ended with national occupation by means of dictatorial regimes (royal or military). The price of oil rose by the October war in the 1970s to give great economic power to the Gulf regimes Alliances between Wahhabi rulers and sheikhs. Millions of dollars have been spent promoting Wahhabi thought, which considers women a source of seduction, a tool for sexual pleasure, a machine to have children, a servant to her husband's house, and any other job.

Can women be liberated in a homeland that suffers from tyranny. We must distinguish between the real emancipation of women, which accompanies real renaissance in society, and the "formal" emancipation of women, which takes place through authoritarian measures taken by the dictator to beautify his repressive regime without causing a real change in the prevailing reactionary culture.

The Saudi Crown Prince has made several decisions that grant women some of their rights and a degree of openness. At the same time, he has tightened repression against his opponents, accusing them of treason and imprisoning them, including Saudi women who have been demanding women's rights for decades. The same is happening in Egypt. Al-Sisi, who practices an unprecedented repression against his opponents, gives many positions to women to appear enlightened. Women can not be liberated alone in a society that is oppressed. We can not isolate the issue of women from issues of freedoms and human rights. The real struggle for women's liberation is never separated from the struggle to liberate the people from tyranny.

Democracy is the solution

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