Young Women in the Egyptian Revolution of 2011

A study of 11 young women’s personal blogs about the revolution reported that before Jan25, the general mood was frustration and depression about harassment of women, government corruption, street children, etc. The moral shock of Khaled Said’s murder aroused anger, followed by excitement after the Tunisian revolution and the large turnout on the Day of Rage. Deppy wrote on February 6, “Yesterday, I was a girl who stood on the verge of hopelessness, who lost faith in a better tomorrow, who was living like a zombie at one time….Today, I am a girl with a fresh born patriotism, with a full tank of enthusiasm, with a handful of bubbly dreams.” They remarked about helpfulness and the lack of sexual harassment and not wanting to leave the “angels” in the square. They commented on the diversity of ages in the square, including children chanting “Down with Mubarak!” Despite the fact that the bloggers wrote that many women had to fight with their families to participate, threatened with being cut off financially or cursed, many women were in Tahrir. After Mubarak resigned on February 11, people were euphoric and youth directed traffic in the streets. Euphoria changed to confusion and disorientation; Sina wrote, “True, this has been a leaderless revolution, but now, when all people seek answers, we need someone to respond.” Misogyny reappeared as in the virginity checks and attacks on the International Women’s Day march where bystanders shouted that male demonstrations were gay and should wear a veil and that the women were whores, agents of Suzanne Mubarak and the West.

Susana Galan, “’Today I have seen Angels in Shape of Humans,” An Emotional History of the Egyptian Revolution through the Narratives of Female Personal Bloggers,” Journal of International Women’s Studies, Vol. 13, No. 5, October 2012.

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