We want to support the women of Egypt, focusing attention to the new Facebook album “Women of Egypt”, launched on Facebook today by Leil-Zahra Mortada. These images change the reporting on America’s biggest networks, which are more likely to suggest that Egypt’s women are behind closed doors, being guarded by their husbands and brothers.
This is certainly the case, as the brave people of Egypt fight for their human rights.
However, this new album “Women of Egypt” seeks to portray many Egyptian as not quite ready to adopt the veil and do as they are told in a more restricted Egypt, as was suggested would be their fate on news programs today.
I’ve followed Egypt all day, with no sense that women are even involved, but plenty of stories about how they are being protected by their men.
Women of Egypt are not only participating in the demonstrations but acting as leaders. The American press should readjust the gender lens in which they are portraying the women of Egypt, clearly editing out footage of women in Egypt in action.
America is known for gender bias in media here in America. Please give the world an accurate view of what is happening in Egypt, with women on the front line trying to create an Egypt that works for all. In its patriarchal lens of reporting, American media fosters the very kind of society we say we’re opposed to being created in Egypt.
When American media wonders why the social networking websites like Facebook do so well, it’s because we can tell the real story, without male bias in reporting and editing. Anne