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Headscarves and Hymens
Headscarves and Hymens | Mona Eltahawy
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Mona Eltahawy is an Egyptian woman who wrote an article for Foreign Policy entitled Why Do They Hate Us?; they being Muslim men, us being women. The piece sparked controversy, of course, making it clear that misogyny in the Arab world is something that engages and enrages the public. In Headscarves and Hymens, Eltahawy takes her argument further. Drawing on her years as a campaigner and a commentator on womens 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. Eltahawy traveled across the Middle East and North Africa, meeting women and listening to their stories. Her book is a plea for outrage and action on their behalf; it confronts the toxic mix of culture and religion that few seem willing or able to disentangle lest they blaspheme or offend. A manifesto motivated by hope and fury in equal measure, Headscarves and Hymens is as illuminating as it is incendiary.
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Literaturenut
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4thhouseontheleft That‘s a great title! 7mo
Cinfhen Totally agree @4thhouseontheleft and glad to hear it‘s a good read!! 7mo
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Excellent book, very thought provoking. The author pulls no punches in describing the treatment of women in the Middle East and in condemning the governments that allow this and often enforce this, and in the failure of other nations to confront it. Essential intersectional feminist reading.

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arlenefinnigan
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Gonna try to catch up with this for @bookriot 's book club Persist.

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bibliocurl
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This book is uh- mazing!!!!

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feminismandyoga
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Started this today and it has absolutely hit me over the head. "This country" is Saudi Arabia.

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Kathrin
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The book is well written and to the point and the author makes many statements more personal by describing her own experiences.

It's authors like her that really have me rethink my stance on the headscarf. I get more and more convinced that the headscarf and feminism doesn't go together. Keeping in mind that making women to cover is only one way to control them and there are many other things that need to change.

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ShannonOffDuty
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The sad and despicable truth is that women are not treated as equals. Not here, not anywhere. This writer explores this issue from Egypt. With frightening data that I think everyone should be aware of. Without truth and awareness there can be no change.

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This book is​ a great primer for people like me who haven't been to the Middle East. I've seen some good, reasonable critique of her stances, but I'll recommend this book for those who want to learn what level of atrocity is happening to women in parts of the world.

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rach_simone
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Hit up @AstoriaBookshop and they had a Book RX. I asked for poetry in translation about something other than love (cc @bookriot ) and walked away with a multi-genre book called Multiple Choice.

Got Hymens and Headscarves since it's been on my radar for a while. Also, I will get a free coffee or tea at @housingworksbks when I stop by later.

katedensen Multiple Choice has been on my #tbr for awhile, looking forward to hearing what you think. Also so sad I can't participate in #independentbookstoreday--I had BIG plans to do the scavenger hunt in Brooklyn and stop by Books Are Magic, but life. 😭 3y
rach_simone @katedensen life will get you every time!! Hopefully you'll be able to do the next one. 3y
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This was a difficult read. I am not too familiar with the revolution being lead in the Middle East and some of the stuff the author discusses is dark. She discusses child marriage, rape, cutting, assault, and all the ways women and girls are being beaten into silence. I wish we could all agree that most religions are problematic and when we let people interpret these scriptures in the ways that benefit only one side-it harms women.

Notafraidofwords If you liked the book bad feminist, you'll probably like this one. Give it a try! 3y
kiminreverse Oh I loooooved Bad Feminist! And basically every feminist book. I should pick this up. 3y
Notafraidofwords @kiminreverse it's totally worth a read. I learned so much I didn't know about a part of the world that is not my own. 3y
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Reviewsbylola I loved Five Days at Memorial, as shocking and disheartening as it is. 3y
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SarahSaysRead
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"Women -- our rage, our tenacity, our daring and audacity -- will free our countries."

I'm so glad I read this. It taught me about some things that I knew in abstract way, and filled in some of those gaps. I might disagree with Mona on some things but overall this is fantastic and I need to get my own copy.

#sjbookclub #feminism #toxicmasculinity #international

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kerry
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Equality is a practice. // #sjbookclub

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SarahSaysRead
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Family is coming into town but they're running late, so I have some time to sit down and start this.

#socialjusticereads #sjbookclub #feminism #currentlyreading #HeadscarvesandHymens

EchoLogical 😮 3y
WhatDeeReads Related: this book looks great. Unrelated: I have that same set of pens. I love them. 3y
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kerry
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Picked up a little something extra when I bought this month's #SJBookClub pick, because I can't turn down a new journal.

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kendrastephaniekaryn
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#marchintoreading #alliterativetitles

Just a few of the alliterative titles on my Kobo TBR!

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LauraAndTaraAndBooks
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I am resisting the urge to immediately pick up something light and entertaining to distract myself from some of the horrifying facts about the daily experiences of women in the Middle East I have just read in this book. I feel like I need time to process it. This book is difficult, painful and confronting. But mostly this book is important.

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LitsyFeministBookClub
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#MondayMotivation from the powerful Mona Eltahawy, an Egyptian activist who speaks on feminism, Islam, and authoritarian governments. 💪🏽💪🏽

#badasswomen

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I think I need to sit with this book and process it. The Middle East is my home, and I was lucky enough to have a very privileged upbringing in a neutral country. I went to school, we have religious freedom for the most part, a large Indian community, I can drive- all of which sound very trivial- until you read a book like this and take a step back and examine your privileged bubble. Put this on your TBR stat.

Suet624 A great review. 👍🏼 3y
Owlizabeth Convinced me - stacked! 3y
Weaponxgirl Ive been wondering whether to put it on my tbr. You've convinced me 3y
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TheNextBook bell hooks. That woman speaks to my soul! 3y
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theshrinkette
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Finally home after a two week trip, and got so much catching up to do with the blog, #SJBookClub, and other bookish odds and ends. But first, some reading time.

Oh hey @Litsy these iPhone updates are👌🏽👌🏽👌🏽👌🏽👌🏽

Theresa Welcome home! 3y
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theshrinkette
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You gotta do whatchu gotta do.

BookishMarginalia Indeed! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 3y
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theshrinkette
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Hi Littens, been a little AWOL because I'm visiting some friends I haven't seen all year, and haven't really had time to pick up a book. Just popping in to say I love and miss you all and I'll be back soon.💜

BookishMarginalia Welcome back! 3y
LindsayReads Miss your posts! Have fun with your friends! 3y
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LeahBergen 👋🏻👋🏻 3y
Libby1 ❤️😁 3y
LiteraryinLititz Glad you're having fun! 3y
SaturnDoo Enjoy....we will be here when you return ☺ 3y
Megabooks Enjoy your time! 3y
Cinfhen Enjoy your friends and family...I know I have 3y
SarahSaysRead It's that time of year when you have to socialize instead of read 😝 have fun!! 3y
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theshrinkette
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I love seeing quotes from favourite books in my current reads. #amreading #diversebooks #feminism #nonfiction

WOCreads Yass! Can't go wrong w a book that starts w an Anzaldua quote 💜✊ 3y
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theshrinkette
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Twinning with @kerry in #SJBookClub research.

kerry Yesssssss can't wait to hear what you think of this one. 3y
LeanneAslin Listened to this on Audible, loved it! 3y
WOCreads Oh yay it's by Eltahawy! 3y
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LeanneAslin
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I listened to this on audio and have to say, it doesn't make for easy listening. Not that it's meant to. I don't believe in shying away from awkward topics, but I do believe in self-care, and I did have to set this aside a few times to recover myself. Eltahawy is right on the money with this - why do we put religious tolerance before the human rights of millions of women? It's a heartbreaking book, but it's exactly what the world needs to hear.

cariashley I just finished this on audio today too. It's a lot to unpack and think about, I couldn't even muster a review. I'm really glad I read it though. 3y
rachelm I can't wait to read this one. I've heard it's so powerful 3y
LeanneAslin @cariashley I agree, I don't think my review even scratches the surface really! I am also very glad I read it. @rachelm I can definitely vouch for it, it's a great book! 3y
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today's feminist reading feat. nails so sharp they could puncture the inflated ego of every MRA.

#womenwriters #weneeddiversebooks #DiverseBookBloggers

LindsayReads MIC DROP👏👏👏👏 3y
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BookishFeminist
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Day 7 of #Booktober: #LitsyConfessions I borrowed this book from the library for so long that it's mine now. It was overdue and when I thought I was paying fines for some books I was accidentally paying the replacement fee for this book. I was intending to buy it anyway so I just kept it instead of donating it back to the library like I normally would. Oops. 😬😬😬

If you haven't read this yet you should. It's worth the replacement fee! 😂

whatthelog Yess I keep seeing this in my local bookstore! Might have to buy it now 🙈 3y
CynCruz23 Hahaha that happened to me too! (actually a few times 😂) - it's just a sign that you and the book are meant to be. This on my TBR because of your recommendation but I'm still wait listed at the library. Maybe I'll take the risk and just buy it 3y
BookishFeminist @CynCruz23 It's in paperback now so it wouldn't be pricey anymore! I wanted to highlight the whole thing if that helps at all 😂 3y
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LeanneAslin
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This can be a difficult listen at times, but the subject matter was never going to be easy listening! Eltahawy is unapologetic in her opinions, and repeatedly calls out the oppression of women in the name of religious observation and purity. Some of her opinions about religious veiling might make people uncomfortable, but it's an interesting perspective and I appreciate her no-nonsense stance on women's rights.

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Headscarves And Hymens is a book that I would recommend everyone to read. It talks about the discrimination and problems faced by women in the Middle East. Some of it might anger you, some of it might make you cry but it will definitely make you think of the situation of women not only in the Middle East but everywhere. My favourite chapter in the book was Home.

Read it.

Mybookjacket They need to make one like this for Indian women 3y
appleglutton @Mybookjacket they absolutely do. 3y
MrBook Great review! And welcome to @Litsy ! 😊👍🏻 3y
appleglutton @MrBook thank you. :) 3y
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SoniaC
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My #WWW and #recommendsday pick. She is shining a bright light on abuses women suffer in the Middle East and the world. We should listen.

Lacythebookworm Such a powerful, important book! Great choice 👍 3y
SoniaC @Lacythebookworm glad to hear from others who appreciated this book. Thanks! 3y
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SoniaC
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What to say about this book. The facts in it were deeply disturbing and I wanted to believe she has some angle some reason to exaggerate. I would walk away from it only to go right back. Rage and disbelief as I hear the reality of my sisters in the Middle East and know we still have so far to go here as well. This is a book worth reading even if reading it is hard. I wish I could thank her for her courage in writing it.

MrBook Ooh, that title. On the other hand...that food 😋👍🏻👌🏻! 3y
SoniaC @MrBook lol very tasty eggplant sandwhich. So much good food on my little town. 3y
MrBook That's definitely up @BookBabe 's alley! 😊👍🏻 3y
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This is absolutely disgusting. In this day and age there are women still trapped In the dark ages. Need to set this book aside for a bit.

Chessa Ugggghhhhhh. 💔 3y
SoniaC @Chessa it gets better. Apparently many women in the Middle East marry their rapist to avoid the consequences of shaming their families. It's all so disturbing. 3y
Chessa Omg. 😞 3y
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SoniaC
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I find so many of the facts in this book terribly disturbing so I'm using one of my Buddha Doodle cards as a bookmark right now to give me a chance to reflect on beauty when I feel overwhelmed by what I'm reading.

SusanInTiburon Good self-care. 3y
SoniaC @SusanInTiburon that's what this weekend is all about. 3y
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SoniaC
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"Terror encourages you to jump, even when you don't know if you'll ever land."

Been reading some very serious Books this month and loving them. Glad Litsy lead me to this one.

Lacythebookworm So good and thought provoking! 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa This one sounds very good! 3y
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SoniaC
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I just love a really good dedication page. This one gives you a real good idea of the power contained in these pages. Excited to have discovered this! Thanks Litsy!!

BookishFeminist Love this book & its dedication ❤️ 3y
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SoniaC
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Had to go to my happy place. Picked out these two beauties to come with me and be my very own.

BookishMarginalia Good for you! I believe in providing good homes for errant books 😎 3y
SoniaC @BookishMarginalia just trying to do my part for stray books. 3y
BookishMarginalia The world thanks you for your service. 3y
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BookishFeminist
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My #WonderWomanWednesday is Mona Eltahawy, an Egyptian-American journalist & author that advocates for women's rights in the Arab world. She's been held captive in Egypt & physically/sexually assaulted for covering the Tahrir Square protests in 2011 & arrested for painting over Islamophobic ads in NYC. She focuses on oppression of women, FGM,* freedom of press & speech, & speaks out against oppressive Muslim regimes. 🙌🏽

🔗 Links in comments!

BookishFeminist 📌Hashtags: #WWW #FeministBooks #ReadWomen #MuslimBooks #Egypt #AuthorsofColor

*FGM = female genital mutilation, which is common in Arab countries & other parts of the world.
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LeahBergen An amazing woman 3y
BookishFeminist 📽If anyone's interested here's her TED talk on TATTOOS! She is badass. http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/Permanence-and-Loss-how-tattoos 3y
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BookishFeminist @LeahBergen She is! Life goal = meet her, preferably over coffee so we can talk about feminism for hours. 3y
BookishFeminist 🔗 ARTICLES | Controversial article that led to her book: http://foreignpolicy.com/2012/04/23/why-do-they-hate-us/ | Her NYTimes archive: http://www.nytimes.com/column/mona-eltahawy 3y
TheBookbabeblog84 This looks amazing! Going to add! 3y
BookishFeminist @TheBookbabeblog84 It's so good! A very eye-opening read. Her stance on headscarves is very controversial too but she has a very informed perspective. 3y
Megabooks Definitely 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 3y
WordWaller I found this in the shelves at my bookstore and stuck it on display even though I haven't read it yet! I'm sure I'll be all over it like you when I do!! 3y
BookishFeminist @WordWaller Yes! Read immediately! It's a quick read too, but heavy topics. 3y
Yamich49 Ooo this sounds good! I like reading different perspectives on issues from people within cultures so it'll be interesting to compare her stance on headscarves with Leila Ahmed. I've read so many different perspectives on it and I find it fascinating how beliefs can differ between generations and/or how close the connections to a specific place are. Not that it's my place to judge in any way, I just find it interesting to compare to Native culture. 3y
BookishFeminist @Yamich49 It's so good! You'll love it I think. I like doing the same thing bc people from the same culture have vastly different viewpoints on the same thing. I KNOW RIGHT? 😱 She argues against headscarves which is def controversial when I know many Muslim women who consider themselves feminist who argue for it. It's definitely not my place to judge either but I like being informed! I'm interested to hear your thoughts! It's a quick read. 3y
WordWaller I just read the original article! Definitely heavy stuff that'll make me super angry 😡 3y
BookishFeminist @WordWaller LOLLL brace yourself! She's so amazing though that it's worth the anger. 3y
Carol Yaaaass another incredible woman I need to read! 🙌 3y
BookishFeminist @Carol Yes! She's just so great. So many of her pieces are published online too! I posted 2 above if you don't have time for the book yet! 3y
Dorianna Oh I love her. Her book is on my must-buy list. Okay, a lot of books are on my must-buy list. But this one has a higher priority than most. 3y
BookishFeminist @dorianna.garguilo Yes, she is great! This book is out in paperback now just FYI 😊 3y
bookishbunny This needs to go to the top of my TBR pile. @BookishFeminist Thank you for sharing the links to the articles and video. I have these saved to read/watch later. 3y
Carol Thank you much, I will check out her writing! 3y
BookishFeminist @bookishbunny You're welcome! I love sharing this stuff because sometimes it's more accessible than finding the book. 😊 3y
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..is talk about her life as if it really matters

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OffTheBeatenShelf.com
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Yes, yes, YES. I'm embarrassed to say that my feminism has been so Western-centric that I hadn't even considered the feminist landscape of the Middle East & North Africa. What a punch to the gut! To say I learned a lot is an understatement. Go read this book!!

BookishFeminist It's so good! Mona Eltahawy is squad goals 🙌🏼 4y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sounds like one I need to add to my TBR list! 4y
Bree.Hill Reading it now. Only 15 pages in and it has my emotions ALL over the place 4y
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Maggim
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If only there was an option between "Pick" and "So-so" but there isn't so you'll just have to pretend with me. Mona is a force of nature, a vital feminist voice, and this is a great primer for someone unfamiliar with patriarchal oppression. I wish she had cited more sources/added a bibliography.

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Maggim
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I've been waiting for this one for a while. Hopes are high.

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OffTheBeatenShelf.com
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I forgot who recommended this, but THANK YOU. It just came in on my library holds and I'm super excited! 👍🏼👏🏼🙌🏼

BookishFeminist It's so good! Enjoy! 4y
Soubhiville That title grabbed my attention! I'm checking my library for it! 4y
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oregonlaurie
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Finally reading Mona Eltahawy's book. She's one of my favorite people on Twitter. #feminist

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AlexandraGriffin
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It's hard to say "I enjoyed this book" when it forces you to understand and realize how few rights women have in the Middle East. I thought it was well written, thorough, and kind of terrifying really. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 would recommend.

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Up next!

OffTheBeatenShelf.com I'm so glad you posted this!! I definitely want to read it. I just put in a library hold and there's only one person ahead of me. Huzzah! 🙌🏼💁🏻👏🏼 4y
BookishFeminist This book rocks!! I loved it. 4y
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