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Why Do They Hate Us?

· The Essay ·

The double struggle of Islamic women is the subject examined by Mona Eltahawy, an Egyptian-American journalist, who lives in New York and Cairo, in Perché ci odiano (Einaudi, 2015). [Why Do They Hate Us?] There is a struggle beside men at a public level against oppressive political regimes, but also a struggle against men at a private level to dismantle misogynist cultural and family systems. The book, that alternates reflections, personal experiences and reports, paints a dramatic and discomforting picture, involving public and domestic violence, rape and thoroughly misogynistic legislation in the private, penal and constitutional sectors, atavistic traditions and distorted religious interpretations. And yet, the hope of achieving some form of collaboration or forced alliance transpires through so much anger and suffering, tenacity and courage. Because, since Mona Eltahawy herself was molested, arrested and beaten, even by the police, she is convinced that no Arab country will ever find balance and peace until it has resolved the feminine question. (@GiuliGaleotti)




St. Peter’s Square

Dec. 5, 2019