Responses to:
"Why Do They Hate Us? - The real war on women is in the Middle East"

"The battle against misogyny does not follow a “men hate women” formula. It cannot be reduced to a generic battle of the sexes spiced with a dose of Islam and culture. It cannot be extracted from the political and economic threads that, together with patriarchy, produce the uneven terrain that men and women together navigate. It is these lessons that one would have to engage before meting out an indictment about the politics of sex, much less envisioning a future of these politics. There is no one answer because there is no single culprit, no single “culture” or “hatred” that we can root out and replace with “tolerance” or “love.” Similarly, the absence of a sustained and critical attention to sex and gender cannot be solved, syllabus style, by a separate glossy special “Sex Issue,” the content and form of which reproduce what it purports to critique". Credit: Sherene Seikaly and Maya Mikdashi (

Mona Eltahawy's article caused a lot of debate and upset. Foreign Policy Magazine collected some responses and they are shown in the link below. They include pieces from:

+ Sondos Asem - senior editor of and a member of the Freedom and Justice Party's foreign relations committee.
"Misogyny exists, but blaming it for women's suffering is simplistic"
+ +Shadi Hamid - director of research at the Brookings Doha Center and fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution.
"Arab women have more agency than you might think"
+ Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf - chairman of the Cordoba Initiative and author of Moving The Mountain.
"The Prophet Mohammad was a revolutionary feminist"
+ Hanin Ghaddar - the managing editor of NOW Lebanon and a journalist based in Beirut.
"We need more badass ladies"
+ Naheed Mustafa - a freelance writer and broadcaster based in Toronto, Canada
"Lazy and insulting"
+ Leila Ahmed - Victor S. Thomas Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School. She is the author of A Quiet Revolution: the Veil's Resurgence, from the Middle East to America.
"Eltahawy misreads Alifa Rifaat"

In addition various articles have been published by Arab women and others active in social media:

Max Fisher (editor, The Atlantic):

Dina Khatib (journalist):

Sheila Musaji Danios (Loonwatch, commentator and speaker):

Monica L. Marks (Doctoral Candidate, Middle Eastern Studies):

Samia Errazzouki (author):

Mona Kareem (journalist):

+Nahed Eltantawy (university professor):

+Blake Hounshell Managing editor of Foreign Policy magazine, recommended this response: "One of the more thoughtful critiques":

"The Angry Egyptian":

+Nesrine Malik (author and commentator):

+Hamna Ahmed (Journalism student):

+The Guardian

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