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Review: Headscarves and Hymens, Mona Elthawy

Headscarves and Hymens71DvNTrrGyL._SL1500_by Mona Eltahawy

American-Egyptian journalist Mona Eltahawy came to the world’s attention in November 2011 when she was physically and sexually assaulted by police during a protest in Cairo. In Headscarves and Hymens, she argues that the Arab Spring has been a revolution for men alone and that women—who often played a leading role in the protest movements—have been left behind, forced to cover up in the name of modesty, hounded by sexual harassment and excluded from politics.

Eltahawy, who grew up…

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