How Egyptians coexist with the taboos about men?
This story is attempt to throw some light on taboos about men which it are being imposed by our society, to base different life stages on, bringing up when they were kids, growing up, then put their feeling, thoughts and behaviors in social limited and boxes definitions , At first, They are harmed psychologically, Then, they start to deal with the whole environment through these destroyed taboos, eventually it have a powerful impact of all relations, whether between the men themselves or with the women.
Maybe the literal translation does not make enough sense because of their connection with local cultural, so it will lose their meanings but the photos can do so better than any words, especially when it are be personified through factual stories for real people who clash with.
Heroes of this story has told it with a mixture of mockery and realism, where they live and were the images were captured in Cairo, the story focus on 10 taboos by different photos, from two .
Amr Khattab _24 years old_ is studying Engineering, has one sister and one brother, they all are living with their mother, after his father’s death, in El_abasia area in Cairo capital.
At the same time he does not deny that he is used to using some of these taboos with his younger brother to rebuke him like” be as a man”.
Salma mourad -25 years old- is studying law, she has 2 sisters and one brother, Salma has shared the reflection of these taboos such as Egyptian girl, adding another dimension, because the influence of taboos on men, has a reflection on her as daughter, sister, wife, ect.
From Salma’s point of view,those stereotypes lost their humanitarian by preventing any expression sort, by the time of need, we find them whether semi men with fake claims or without ability to be interest in our relation with us, On the other side, women have to give all of what they have just for being with a men, any man, it does not matter, the concept is how she can be protected by only one way, which the society believes in.
On the contrary he has personified sarcastically some of the Egyptian taboos relate to the relationship between men and women, which it sees that women have to understand that “her sick man better than nothing”
At the same time, People can condone any faults or flaws once he has money from the stand point of “there is nothing disgrace man only his pocket” one of the most widespread taboos which uses to force women to accept marriage, keep on and get into abusive relationships.
These are just comical and ironic photos which were captured in gallery in downtown for both of persons nothing gather them only the same society and their desire to reject the patterns what they are suffering every day.
Every time a man propose to a girl, her family talks about one single topic which is about how much money he has, But for her she does not accept to compromise not to choose the man she wants, what stereotypes she desires to overcome, and who she has decided to be with.