What the Oppression of Women Actually Looks Like
Excerpt: Youssef is an Egyptian actress who sparked outrage last week among conservative Egyptians when she wore a long, semi-transparent black dress that revealed her legs under the diaphanous fabric. The dress, by American standards, would perhaps be taboo if we saw it at a Mennonite wedding, but Youssef wore it to a film festival’s red carpet. Lady Gaga, who goes shopping scantily clad, would consider Youssef’s dress to be child’s play. The difference, and the reason that she faced backlash, is that it was the Cairo International Film Festival that Youssef was attending — and she was accused of “inciting debauchery,” for which she faced a lawsuit that could have resulted in jail time because she violated Egypt’s values.