What it is like to be an Egyptian girl: Your body isn’t yours!
Egypt is technically one of the worst spots on the planet for a woman to live in, from body shaming, sexual harassment to being treated like a second class citizen, every day is a struggle from the moment you wake up and hop in public transportation till you sleep.
So how is it like for Egyptian girls to grow up in a conservative environment? well, it’s anything but a pleasant experience.
The moment you were born a girl, you already lost so many rights, the right to own your body, choosing your own path, getting the same inheritance as your brother. Society starts cramming all those ideas about how your body is a sin itself and should be covered, your voice can’t be loud and you always have to obey orders.
Your body isn’t yours, you don’t get to discover it, desires are a sign of impurity and you shall remain untouched till you’re married.
A survey conducted on behalf of the Ministry of Health and Population, found that 92 percent of currently or formerly married girls and women between the ages of 15 and 49 had undergone female genital mutilation. The survey showed that the practice had decreased between 2005 and 2014, but estimated that 56 percent of girls under 19 were expected to undergo it in the future; such a traumatic barbaric act to guarantee a girl’s purity..
You grow up feeling so insecure in your own skin, they either tell you that you’re too skinny and you need to put on some weight or you’re too fat and no one will marry you if you don’t go to the gym or you’re too sexy and you should cover your whole body up so you won’t attract males…
If you’re a Muslim girl, you’re judged for not wearing Hijab and if you’re not a Muslim girl, you’re judged for not being a Muslim.
You can’t feel attracted to anyone, you can’t have a desire, you can’t have any sexual information .. you’re not even allowed to be educated about your own body.
We grow up feeling ashamed of our own skin, insecure and too scared to experiment with OUR bodies.. And it takes us a whole lot of work to be comfortable with who we really are.