Nearly a year after the Arab Spring swept through Egypt, women in the country are fighting against radical laws proposed by the government’s Islamic-led parliament. According to Al Arabiya News, the new laws would lower the minimum that a young girl can consent to marriage to 14, and would allow a man to have sex with his wife’s body up to six hours after her death.

Other laws being considered would also reverse the rights of women in the country to pursue an education and earn a living.

Al Arabiya reports:

According to Egyptian columnist Amro Abdul Samea in al-Ahram, Talawi’s message included an appeal to parliament to avoid the controversial legislations that rid women of their rights of getting education and employment, under alleged religious interpretations.

“Talawi tried to underline in her message that marginalizing and undermining the status of women in future development plans would undoubtedly negatively affect the country’s human development, simply because women represent half the population,” Abdul Samea said in his article.

The controversy about a husband having sex with his dead wife came about after a Moroccan cleric spoke about the issue in May 2011.

Under the reign of former dictator Hosni Mubarak women enjoyed several advancements of rights, particularly because of First Lady Suzanne Mubarak who wanted all Egyptian women to enjoy the same rights she was afforded. But with last year’s overthrow of the government, many women are feeling uneasy about the direction of the country and what it means for them.

  • CurlySue

    I am speechless here. Less at the lowered age for consent, which is distasteful in and of itself, but more at the necrophilia. Laws typically don’t get passed unless there’s a real push for them from a significant or powerful population. So, are you telling me that there’s a significant contingent of Egyption men who are insisting on the right to f*ck a corpse? Is that what we’re saying here? Ugh, I need a nap.

  • Ms. Information

    And we think we have issues over here…geesh..

  • Chic Noir

    and would allow a man to have sex with his wife’s body up to six hours after her death.


    This has got to be one of those things that got lost in translation. I don’t want to believe this is a proposed law.

    The women who protested to overthrow Hosni Mubarak should be having second thoughts now.

    Stuff like this is the reason why I will always call myself a bit of a feminist. Men will always look out for themselves first. They will even join together to keep a woman down or to protect one another.

    The controversy about a husband having sex with his dead wife came about after a Moroccan cleric spoke about the issue in May 2011.

    aka the holy freak!

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  • African Mami

    Here I am waging war against FGM, then this fuggers come out with what kind of laws! I swear women are oppressed and unappreciated in Africa! That’s why we swim the great Atlantic.

  • Sasha

    This is why I dont bat an eyelash or care for these American feminists hooping and hollering about gender equality and blah blah blah. Women in this country have it so much better than women around the world and instead of appreciating they find something else to complain about. This is so sad and barbaric.

  • Chic Noir

    Sasha we have to be vigilant otherwise we must slip back. Remember the big argument about birth control a few weeks ago.

  • Chic Noir

    *we may slip back*

    Damn what the heck it wrong with me today. I know I hit the Thunderberg last night but damn.

  • Kam

    Just because things might be worse off in another country doesn’t mean we don’t need to stop fighting to improve our lot here.

  • Alexandra

    Wow. I do somewhat agree with Sasha though. Women all over the world have to fight and demand freedom. But to act like some women don’t have it worse would be silly; I have that thought in the back of my head all the time when I think about the rights of women in the U.S. Most women in the West are afforded rights/lives many women in other parts of the world could only dream of; we must acknowledge that privilege. However that doesn’t dismiss all the fights of women.

    I wish all these women luck!

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  • Dalili

    Hola Mami! :-)

    Giirrrlll, and yet we rise!

  • lulu

    sex with a corpse- that is just beyond.. i see what they think of women

  • tightlipped mary


    did i read that correctly.

  • Dee

    Women all over the world have to fight for equal rights, everyone has different circumstances, but one thing in common, getting the short end of the stick when it comes to rights, education, opportunity, and pay.

  • African Mami

    hey sis!!

    We do rise mama, but I feel dejected. When we seem as if we are progressing we take 10 steps back. What gives?!

  • Dalili

    I know you do and understandably so, the condition of women on the continent can leave one depressed. But, what to do? The very thing these Egyptian women are doing; fight, push back, protest until we are heard. There was a time not so long ago that this protest wouldn’t have taken place, but it is now….because someone did their small part.

    So take heart, you are cut from the same cloth as some of Africa’s strongest daughters: Wangari Maathai, (Insert your mum’s name here :-) ), Mrs. Johnson Sirleaf, Tawakkol Karman, Leymah Gbowee, Miriam Makeba, Graca Machel and countless others not named. Do what you can, where you are……you are not alone.

  • African Mami

    awwwww, just like a sister is supposed to do, offer support! and kind words of encouragement!! ‘Preciate it!!!

    Wangari Maathai is my HEROINE!!!!:) Have a good night mama!!!!!!!

  • AustralianGirl

    … and Muslim men have the nerve to tell us their women are more ‘respected’ than Western women.

  • May

    I would never go to Egypt and support tourism there.

  • Em.

    “would allow a man to have sex with his wife’s body up to six hours after her death”

    Why? I could not conceive such morally depravity that this would even be allowable by law. Animals do not behave in this manner.

  • Dwindyes

    Wow…I feel for the Egyptian women. Clearly they view women as nothing but a hole to get off on.

  • Nigerian sista

    WTH????? Animals don’t f*ck their dead why would a human want to do this??? For the sake of sexual satisfaction??? I’m not surprised its a man that came up with this disgusting law.

  • Sasha

    @Chic Noir: I agree with what you’re saying but birth control is a whole nother topic for me. In 2012, birth control is more accessible than ever and in some cases is free so if anyone is encountering “unwanted pregnancy” that’s their own stupidity but I digress.

    ps- you’ve become one of my favorite commenters here :)

  • L

    Who cares? Those A-rabs need to get off of African soil and go back to Asia where they came from. The so called middle east is African land….These Egyptians are disgusting racists with their stolen lands,wealth, history and antiquities.Please!

  • LemonNLime

    So first, they (men and women) protest the government because of the lack of opportunities and rights along with the support of the military who are seen as more “honorable” than the police.

    Then they (men and women) finally oust the president and the “honorable” military takes control “temporarily”.

    Then they (men and women) protest the military junta, who as is turns out, isn’t so honorable.

    Now after all the protesting that they (men and women) did together, the men want install the very same (maybe worse) repressive legislation against the very women who helped enact change? Isn’t that the same thing they were protesting against? I see so women are good enough to fight for the Egyptian peoples rights but aren’t good enough to enjoy them.

  • MsQuita

    We may have our problems over here but thank God for being here in America. I cannot imagine having to live in the daily horrors that women in other countries and cultures do.

  • LemonNLime

    That is a very good point @May.

    “Tourism is currently (2009) representing 11.3% of Egypt’s GDP, 40% of the total Egypt’s non-commodity exports and 19.3% of Egypt’s foreign currency revenues.”

    Tourism is HUGE for Egypt but more and more people will skip it if they continue with this disgusting foolishness. They have already seen a big drop since last year. When are these people gonna realize that crazy is bad for their economy and their pockets?

  • The Taker

    Truly disgusting. Any man who think it’s ok to go have coitus with a dead body even if that body was once your wife needs to be shot. Like seriously, shoot yourself. Forget what the law says, this is wrong on SOOO many levels. I’m really praying for my fellow sisters across the Atlantic. You women do not deserve this type of treatment. These f*ckers just can’t seem to comprehend that we are HUMAN BEINGS. Not some type of toy nor property nor object that you can pass laws against to do to whatever it is you want to do with us. I understand sometimes that even though you think it’s wrong or weird, that’s just the way a culture operates. But this is not a culture…. You know what it is a culture. A culture of hatred towards women. And millions of people (men and yes women) around the world share in on that culture. Humanity for all it’s beauty, really does suck..HARD. I just want it all to end. But the only way it can end is if we continue to fight back against the devils who deem it right and fair to oppress us. These type of laws and injustices has GOT TO END… *This story makes me want go burn something down, like just start setting sh*t on fire…But I won’t.. I think.*

  • The Taker

    I know right…Just use and abuse them like Rick and Teena said.

  • mamareese

    What in the sick world? There is in NO WAY a shortage of mature minded breathing women…why is this law needed? So what they are saying is it’s ok to wife a baby and screw a corpse…..that’s just plain sick.

  • iQgraphics

    what in the necrophiliac fcuk?

  • Liz

    Sorry but these people are not real muslims! No religion has ever permitted a man to have sex with his wife’s dead body.

  • Mr. Man

    Sex with a dead body!?..Thats Satanic…

  • AustralianGirl

    but everywhere where Islam is a political power, the men erode womens rights.
    I know the Koran itself is reasonably progressive regarding womens rights, but the reality on the ground in Islamist dominated countries is simply a primitive case of men dominating and controlling women.

  • Chic Noir

    *chic noir blushes*
    Oh, thank you Sasha :)

    In 2012, birth control is more accessible than ever and in some cases is free so if anyone is encountering “unwanted pregnancy” that’s their own stupidity but I digress

    I mentioned birth control because a few weeks ago Mr. Santorum was hinting at wanting to limit women’s access to birth control.

    Part of the reason why women have made so many gains with men in the workplace is because we now control over when/ or if we have children.

  • Yevi

    Hmm… Where have I heard that before?

  • C. Weir

    Sounds like Egypt is moving to a form of Islam that is going to put women in their place–nothing but ignorant sex slaves. Yeah, that’s Islam for ya….

  • wuluwulu

    Both Egypt and Libya are in worse shape after the so called “Arab Spring” seems like it was more of a bloody ice-age in the making.

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  • Ariel

    That has nothing to do with Islam, that “law” is ridiculos.
    Besides, Think this for a second, if that practice was realli in Islam, why do they mention it?, and how com all muslims are so surprised about it.
    This is nothing but a political scheme to make the Islamic party lose suporters.

  • seif salama

    This is not true, this was never done by prophet Muhammad nor was it discussed in the parliament, please stop defaming Islam and stop spreading lies about my country.

    The above pic is from some old protests in the winter as obvious from the women’s clothes, the temp. in Egypt has been over 90 F in the past two months, you people are totally lying to your readers, shame on you.

    An Egyptian.

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