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I’ll preface this with a reminder of what President Obama said about Egypt in February of last year:

“Obviously, there is still a lot of work to be done in Egypt itself,” Obama said in the wake of the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak and the takeover of government by the army. “What we have seen so far is positive.”

Obama said Egypt is going to require help in developing democratic institutions, but so far the country is sending “the right signals.”

Al Gore and Thomas Friedman have said the US needs its own “Arab Spring” — the kind that brought about changes in Egypt, along with Tunisia, Libya, Yemen and others.

But, as we’re painfully aware, “change” doesn’t necessarily mean something good is happening.

Let’s check in with how these Arab Spring-induced changes are coming along as it pertains to women’s rights in Egypt:

Egyptian husbands will soon be legally allowed to have sex with their dead wives – for up to six hours after their death.

The controversial new law is part of a raft of measures being introduced by the Islamist-dominated parliament.

It will also see the minimum age of marriage lowered to 14 and the ridding of women’s rights of getting education and employment.

So far people have praised the “Arab spring” as a new hope for that region, but in Egypt we’re seeing a step backwards in women’s rights, and spousal death is being transformed into a disgusting and perverted sequel to Weekend at Bernie’s.

Those who want to bring the “Arab Spring” to the U.S. are the same ones who are always on about the GOP’s “war on women.” Go figure.

Comments

21 Responses to “Arab Spring Update: Egypt Set to Give Men New Rights; Women, eh, Not So Much”

  1. joyannaadams on April 26th, 2012 3:10 pm

    Uh…having sex with a dead body…where did they pick up this habit? Does this come from years of wandering in the Sahara? Did they just carry the dead wife on the back of the camel until they came to the next oasis?

    Just wondering.

  2. jeffythequick on April 26th, 2012 3:21 pm

    There's a warning here:

    When an entity gives you rights, they can take them away. That is the beauty of our founding documents:

    We are given rights by our Creator, and only our Creator can take them away. Our Constitution prevents the government from taking them.

  3. jeffythequick on April 26th, 2012 3:22 pm

    eww.

    But then again, maybe it's a protective measure for the men, who can't tell the difference.

    Kind of like how you couldn't get a ticket for going 90mph if your speedometer only went to 85.

  4. SignPainterGuy on April 26th, 2012 3:41 pm

    Islam was invented by a half-starved, dehydrated desert wanderer, Mohammed. He was a very sick man; evil, thru n thru !

  5. Truesoldier__ on April 26th, 2012 3:42 pm

    But let us not forget the Muslim Brotherhood is a largely secular organization…./sarc

  6. SignPainterGuy on April 26th, 2012 3:42 pm

    Precisely why the left, Obama in particular, wants to shred the Constitution. It stands in the way of their Hoax and Chains agenda !

  7. clu seatoe on April 26th, 2012 4:08 pm

    Her father gave her to me and she refused me so the only way I could figure out how to get conjugal with her was to kill her.

    Oh, well, I’ll go conjugal-ating again in a day or two.

  8. Marshall_Will on April 26th, 2012 4:42 pm

    I've said before, Weekend at Bernie's is quite possibly the most socially pivotal movie of our time. There's a 3rd sequel in the making.

    Ahem, the real significance to this.., brace yourself:

    "I own you in this life and the NEXT!" The foreknowledge that your husband is free from any and all prosecution to abuse your CORPSE as he did in life means he owns you for all eternity.

    There's something to chat about with the wife on those long drives up to the cabin! In fact, I want all you guys to check in and see how well that's received over the weekend and report back. ( From the ER )

  9. jeffythequick on April 26th, 2012 5:02 pm

    She may have to make the decision that those Egyptian husbands have to make within 5 hours.

    I'd try talking about something different, like which drapes you like in the living room. It might be less exciting, but at least you'll survive.

  10. jeffythequick on April 26th, 2012 5:18 pm

    This will go down (pun intended) as the greatest law ever!
    It is equal rights, as women will be allowed to have relations with their dead husbands as well. Ahh, the benefits of rigor mortis…

    Oh well, nothing to see here, folks…
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2135434/O

  11. Truesoldier__ on April 26th, 2012 5:38 pm

    I can see the Muslim vows in Egypt:

    to have and to hold, in sickness and in health, up to six hours after death will we part……

  12. SignPainterGuy on April 26th, 2012 8:08 pm

    Eeewwww, barfamosis !!

  13. Marshall_Will on April 26th, 2012 9:18 pm

    Why would any of these Arab women 'choose' marriage… at ALL!?

    How much worse could struggling/surviving on your own be? Or banding together in small groups, associations or something as simple as having a roommate?

    Or are there Sharia Laws against that as well? I've been happily married for going on 3 decades. Good for me, but at the same time, I'm fair in that I don't believe marriage is necessarily for everyone. Certainly under these circumstances.

    Hard to make 'choices' when you're 14 though.

  14. Marshall_Will on April 26th, 2012 9:21 pm

    Those poor peasants are subject to the same elitist bullcrap we are. Do any of us really believe, educated, well connected Egyptian women are being forced to live under these conditions?

    Of course not. Especially when it's daddy's money.

  15. SignPainterGuy on April 26th, 2012 10:17 pm

    Key Marriage word, "Arranged" ! Severe "Sharia-compliant penalties" for women / wives who attempt or actually do leave a marriage !

    Women are second-class people at best under islam and sharia laws !

  16. SignPainterGuy on April 26th, 2012 10:42 pm

    Not now, but wait until the Muslim Brotherhood is firmly entrenched and sharia laws are completely implemented.

    The MB is slightly less brutal than the taliban and has a far better PR set up !

  17. ChapBix on April 27th, 2012 1:20 am

    Being half-starved and dehydrated would go a long way in explaining his delusions.

  18. SignPainterGuy on April 27th, 2012 2:03 am

    Prolonged dehydration in itself can cause a myriad of physical maladies. Combine that with chronic malnutrition, you have a recipe for mental illness, delusions, hallucinations, lots of problems for himself and anyone around him !

  19. jeffythequick on April 27th, 2012 12:46 pm

    Glenn has some great names for it…

    Carnal Casket Act – You'll both be in heaven!
    The Hawt and Cold Act
    Conjugal Casket Act

  20. Kyle Leon Review on September 20th, 2013 1:37 pm

    Her father gave her to me and she refused me so the only way I could figure out how to get conjugal with her was to kill her.

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