A few weeks ago we brought author Mona Eltahawy into the studio to record her new book Headscarves and Hymens.
When in 2012 Egyptian journalist Eltahawy published an article in Foreign Policy magazine titled “Why Do They Hate Us?” it provoked a firestorm of controversy. The response it generated, with more than four thousand posts on the website, broke all records for the magazine, prompted dozens of follow-up interviews on radio and television, and made it clear that misogyny in the Arab world is an explosive issue.
Since then Eltahawy has continued to voice her opinions, for example in New York Times op-eds like this one, this one, and this one. In Headscarves and Hymens, Eltahawy takes her argument further. Drawing on her years as a campaigner and commentator on women’s issues in the Middle East, she explains that since the Arab Spring began, women in the Arab world have had two revolutions to undertake: one fought with men against oppressive regimes, and another fought against an entire political and economic system that treats women in countries from Yemen and Saudi Arabia to Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya as second-class citizens.
No one else could voice this passionate manifesto like Eltahawy herself. (Our producer was blown away.) Listen to an excerpt of the audiobook now. And look for Eltahawy to be all over the media in a few weeks talking about these issues, including on Morning Joe and The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.