Egypt, oh Egypt!

Good morning “Lifestyle Inkers”.  I am having somewhat of a feminist movement day. Want to join me? Well, let’s start the discussion the right way.

My fellow citizens of the world! I am calling your attention to a matter that affects us all. It is a situation arising out of the country of Egypt. It requires your attention, NOW!

Okay, so I am being a little dramatic, but this is real.  Government-subsidized Prostitution has been introduced in Egypt with the targets being the needy.  Please allow me a moment to recapture this story.

I was in the kitchen, minding my business, making some tea and silently hoping the lord will shine his favor upon me with some magical donuts in my refrigerator. Well, I can’t tell you how disappointed I was when I open my “cool box”.

As I waited for my tea to brew, I decided to call my husband at work (just to ask him how his day was going). He picked up as soon as his phone rang. I thought, “honey, you must have been expecting my call.” Soon as I was able to adjust my thoughts back to planet earth, I heard him mention something about “feminism”.

ME: What about feminism, hon?

My honey: You weren’t listening. I just read something about short-term marriages in Egypt where a tourist can pay a fee to marry an Egyptian woman of a certain age range and divorce her afterward. . . like months later.

ME: Say what?

My honey: Yeah, read more about it, I’ll send you the link.

So in true fashion, I picked up my laptop, and the research began.

According to NPR, Egypt has had this law for a while now. What makes it more appalling now is the extend to which the government has become a pimp to the needy with what they call “the seasonal marriage law”. Still confused? According to the website, the law requires foreign men — usually Arab men — to pay a fee to marry women 25 years or more their junior on a temporary basis.

Many of these girls come from a needy home and are pressured to succumb to these terms or forced by family members. More recently, the government increased the amount that men must pay.  All this, the government swears, is to protect Egyptian women.

First, let me be clear, I am the number one advocate for “do with your body, what you find comfortable.” I have no right to tell anyone what to do with their body and as such the “prostitution” aspect of it is the least terrifying for me. It is the fact that many of these girls are being forced into it by government, family and the pressure of day to day living. Let’s define some terms.

According to Wikipedia,

  1. Prostitution is the business or practice of engaging in sexual relations in exchange for payment or some other benefit. Prostitution is sometimes described as commercial sex.
  2. A procurer, colloquially called a pimp (if male) or a madam (if female), is an agent for prostitutes who collects part of their earnings.

Based on this definition, I can sum up two things, these girls are being sold for money by their family members; under the watchful eyes of their pimp – the government.

When your innocence is taken away at such a young age, how can anyone justify this act? Is poverty a prelude to immorality? How do we stop this? I’d like to read your thoughts on this. I leave you with some lyrics by Wyclef Jean.

Egypt ?
I gotta sing for Egypt
This one is going for Egypt

Until tomorrow…