‘Intifadat al mar’a’ and the uprising of women in the Arab world!
By Admin I: So let’s start by acknowledging one very important fact: I’m not a feminist, and do not even believe in ‘segmented’ activism as a particular practice to reach a right. It’s either activism or not, so feminism doesn’t exist for me.
This previous fact check was just to say that covering the uprising of women in the Arab world انتفاضة المرأة في العالم العربي comes from a background of mere creative communication, and a question of online vrs. reality. It all starts by the what-so-called ‘Arab Spring’ and particularly the Egyptian Tahreer square on-going revolution; what is highly problematic about what happened in Egypt, as our friend “Daniel Drennan” points it out, is that it was mediated as a ‘twitter revolution’, disregarding all classes of people, the poor, the illiterate, and mainly, the courageous women of Egypt that went and spent days and nights protesting:
The women’s role in the Egyptian revolution was more strikers in the textile mills of the north, who organized themselves and struck for higher wages, and who for years laid the groundwork for the eventual (over-mediated) demonstrations in Cairo and elsewhere. This was all organized by women, but went unacknowledged by the mediated realm because, well, these are muhajabi’in, and they don’t “visually” fit the universalist feminist model. Another group of women who sustained the revolution were those who cooked and brought sustenance to those protesting in Tahrir Square. The People’s history will triumph!
This ridiculously labeled ‘twitter’ revolution, kept on going on several tangents; few months ago, this social media platform got flood by pictures of this ‘women spring’ intifada, each from her room, with a piece of paper and a handwritten statement: the one outsmarting the other, with a line, a visual and a tweet. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to be a party pooper here (in this case, revolution pooper!) but all what I’m saying is that words in our today’s world are getting smacked and beaten to an extent of sticking a something like ‘intifada’ to any sort of potential hypothesis, though what is really outstanding about this whole thing, is how an online movement made it to an audience (it’s the wrong audience), through a simple social media effort, with no ‘clear’ advertising impact, and no multinationals using the cause for award shows.
My dear mothers and sisters, we’ll be super supportive when it comes to your rights, we’ll back you up as a free interactive platform, but let us discuss some issues: do you really think twitter pictures with duck faces could claim nationalities for your children? Do you really think that alienating yourselves from other social activism topics can help you stop the suffering? Do you really believe that a facebook page and a twitter account can truly reflect a ‘real’ women’s struggle, you know the kind that doesn’t sit behind a desk and a retina display mac?
Happy international women’s day, whatever it is.