Arab Spring Update: Egypt Set to Give Men New Rights; Women, eh, Not So Much

Doug Powers by Doug Powers on April 27th, 2012

This is article 676 of 1231 in the topic International

nullI’ll preface this with a reminder of what President Obama said about Egypt in February of last year:

“Obviously, there is still a lot of work to be done in Egypt itself,” Obama said in the wake of the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak and the takeover of government by the army. “What we have seen so far is positive.”

Obama said Egypt is going to require help in developing democratic institutions, but so far the country is sending “the right signals.”

Al Gore and Thomas Friedman have said the US needs its own “Arab Spring” — the kind that brought about changes in Egypt, along with Tunisia, Libya, Yemen and others.

But, as we’re painfully aware, “change” doesn’t necessarily mean something good is happening.

Let’s check in with how these Arab Spring-induced changes are coming along as it pertains to women’s rights in Egypt:

Egyptian husbands will soon be legally allowed to have sex with their dead wives – for up to six hours after their death.

The controversial new law is part of a raft of measures being introduced by the Islamist-dominated parliament.

It will also see the minimum age of marriage lowered to 14 and the ridding of women’s rights of getting education and employment.

So far people have praised the “Arab spring” as a new hope for that region, but in Egypt we’re seeing a step backwards in women’s rights, and spousal death is being transformed into a disgusting and perverted sequel to Weekend at Bernie’s.

Those who want to bring the “Arab Spring” to the U.S. are the same ones who are always on about the GOP’s “war on women.” Go figure.

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