Skip to comments.Egyptian rapper speaks for women’s rights
Posted on 12/28/2013 11:08:40 AM PST by Olog-hai
As soon as the beat started, the young woman bobbed her head to the rhythm, raised her hands to get the crowd clapping and then unleashed a flood of rap lyrics that tackled some of the biggest social challenges women face in the Arab world.
With the Middle Easts hit TV show Arabs Got Talent as her stage, 18-year-old Myam Mahmoud rapped about sexual harassment, second-class treatment of women, and societal expectations of how a young religious woman should behave. [ ]
There is no single female in Egypt that has not been harassed, regardless of her looks, Mahmoud said. As soon as a girl is born in Egypt, she is repressed with many pressures.
Part of the problem, in Mahmouds eyes, is that women dont speak out against harassment.
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Rap music? Think of something original.
Eighteen-year-old woman-children are so-o-o very wise -—
Might as well be scat singing or doo-wopping.
Rap probably still annoys the Imams there, so it can’t be that bad of a pick.
Are you mocking the great contribution that square dancing has brought to both the hip hop community and now places like Egypt.
Who would ever think some country folks a hundred years ago till now calling rhymes to a country western dance tune would turn into this Egyptian lady or Snoop Dog.
This girl’s gonna be killed. The muslim brotherhood won’t tolerate a female daring to speak out.
My thought was, "Dead woman walking." She has to know it, too, so she's either very brave, very foolish, or both.
I don’t think very much of rap, musically or morally about 95% of the time. Most times in the states, a rap performance is just a pity party attended by other losers. This is different because of what it represents, a young muslim woman taking a chance with her life, her family’s lives in order to speak out about a profound injustice. The injustice is a society that would sanction killing or acid-blinding a girl just because she wants to learn how to read. How primitive is that? Some middle to upper class muslim teens have access to the internet; the window into the rest of the world. They want to be part of it. I do admire her courage, and pray for her safety. Sometimes, one has to hide in plain sight, so that being ‘disappeared’ is not that easy to do when everyone knows who you are.