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This is what results in the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation.
At the time of this writing, only Jordan, Mauritania, and Tunisia have laws that address domestic violence, although Eltahawy argues that they are rarely enforced.According to a UN report, 99.3 percent of Egyptian women reported being sexually harassed, with 96.5 percent saying the harassment included physical contact.Eltahawy calls the public space "uniquely dangerous" for women in the Middle East.Today she sees this logic for what it is: "To claim that the wearing of the is a feminist issue is to turn feminism on its head." She points out that for many women throughout the world, veiling is not a real choice because of pressure and threats from family, friends, regimes and strangers on the streets.
But the issue of veiling in the Muslim world often overshadows the far more serious problems of harassment, rape, and domestic abuse.
Why, Eltahawy asks, don’t they talk about his marriage to his first wife, Khadijah, who was older than Mohammed and independently wealthy?