Public Feminism, Female Shame, and Sexual Violence in Modern Egypt

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dc.identifier.citation Zakarriya, Jihan (2019). Public Feminism, Female Shame, and Sexual Violence in Modern Egypt. Journal of International Women's Studies, 20(7), 113-128 en_US
dc.description.abstract This paper examines the interconnections between public sexual violence, female shame, and public feminism in modern Egypt. It connects aspects of public sexual violence against women generally and politicized sexual violence in 21st -century Egypt in particular, arguing that successive political regimes in Egypt produce and maintain a spatial culture of humiliation and inferiorization as a political tool of silencing, and oppressing women and opposition. This culture of humiliation and inferiorization is premised upon media-oriented female shame ideas that relate and condemn female sexuality and public participation, establishing the public space as militarized, dangerous and exclusive. This paper attempts to assess the successes and failures of public feminism in Egypt in addressing such politicized culture of female humiliation and isolation in public spaces, with a particular focus on fighting politicized forms of sexual violence directed against women in post-2011 revolutionary Egypt. It argues further that sexual violence against women and the repression of public feminism in Egypt are parts of the failure of the processes of democratic transition, state formation and of the survival of socio-economic and cultural hierarchy and vulnerability in modern Egypt. The paper maintains that Egyptian women’s remarkable and solid public activism during and after 2011-revolution shows them as able to invade the exclusive public spaces and hence are able to create new spaces of female resistance and new forms of public mobilization in the country. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Journal of International Women's Studies en_US
dc.subject Public feminism en_US
dc.subject Sexual violence en_US
dc.subject Egypt, Egyptian women en_US
dc.subject State feminism en_US
dc.title Public Feminism, Female Shame, and Sexual Violence in Modern Egypt en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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