Ladies, meet a real member of the patriarchy

An Egyptian lawyer has sparked a controversy by saying that it is a “national duty” to rape women who wear revealing clothes. During a heated television debate on prostitution aired on a local television channel, the lawyer said it would be a “patriotic duty” of citizens to sexually harass such women.

Nabih al-Wahsh, a locally popular lawyer with strong conservative views, was among several guests who were debating a new draft law on prostitution broadcast on the Egyptian television channel, al-Assema. When the panel’s debates became more heated, Wahsh, at one point insisted that females wearing revealing clothes deserve to be punished.

“Would you accept a girl walking around with half of her thigh showing?” he shouted at a fellow panellist before quickly adding: “I say when a girl is walking around like that, harassing her is a patriotic duty, and raping her is a national duty.”

33 thoughts on “Ladies, meet a real member of the patriarchy”

  1. Nabih al-Wahsh, a locally popular lawyer with strong conservative views

    Supporter of the Monarchy? Wants to keep the Union together? Doesn’t like the EU much?

    Or…another fucking loony Islamist?

  2. Now there’s me always thinking that I was a Brit who detests lawyers, but actually I’m an Egyptian …

  3. Egyptian tv has form for this kind of outrageous absurdity.

    A ‘prank show’ once did a ‘prank’ where they invited celebrities (I think, or just people) on to a to show them let it slip that the presenters were Israeli and they filmed the outrage and anger of the people. A few times the person on tv attacked the presenter pretending to be Israeli and one time a bloke pulled a gun out to the presenter.

    The ‘joke’ being that someone is Israeli. The guy who pulled the gun was described as a patriot by the presenter once it was revealed it was a prank.

  4. I presume this chap is still in Egypt, hence the outrage? For if he was in London, he’d be referred to as a “scholar” and invited to serve in a senior position in Sadiq Khan’s administration.

  5. The ‘joke’ being that someone is Israeli. The guy who pulled the gun was described as a patriot by the presenter once it was revealed it was a prank.

    What a basket-case!

  6. The really worrying thing is not that some lawyer has an obnoxious opinion, nor that he can express it on national TV, but rather that there are probably millions of his fellow countrymen who will agree with him, and likely take him at his word.

    And probably a similar number of his countrywomen who will see nothing wrong in any of this.

  7. Jack, the even more worrying thing is that many of them are now over here and our government and everyone who “matters” is hell-bent on getting even more of them here.

  8. Solid Steve 2: Squirrels of The Patriots

    And probably a similar number of his countrywomen who will see nothing wrong in any of this.

    This is, I reckon, the truth of Islam.

    Lots of folks assume the burka birds are being oppressed by their menfolk.

    But what if they’re not?

    Somebody’s raising little Muslims to believe rape and murder are OK as long as you pick the right victims. Why do we assume it’s the men?

    Mebbe all those veiled women who insist they love their status in life are telling the truth.

  9. @Solid Steve.

    Indeed. After all, it isn’t the men who hold their daughters down and slice off their genitals.

    And honour killings don’t take place while the women wail and beg the men to stop.

  10. I’d like feminists in the west to be put on a plane wearing nothing but a mini and a crop top and taken to this place.

  11. “I’d like feminists in the west to be put on a plane wearing nothing but a mini and a crop top and taken to this place.”

    Given the way most of them look that would certainly constitute an act of war.

  12. @Mr Ecks

    The mere threat of deploying Diane Abbott and the Egyptians would surrender.

    Too horrible to contemplate using. Like anthrax and nuclear weapons.

  13. Well, what a charmer Mr al-Wahsh is, eh?

    Looking forward to more of his compatriots coming here to enrich our culture…

    DK

  14. The Egyptians don’t talk about the country’s gender imbalance very much – or the stats for the sex of babies that survive to full term.

    Just squalid – and apparently not getting any better.

    If we could crowd fund the relocation of The Guardian to Cairo – I’d contribute handsomely.

  15. @ BraveFart
    That’s a SNP idea – nuking a large chunk of England to get rid of Grauniad staff and missing all of those on holiday in Tuscany (or perhaps Umbria) or Bali or guests Xi in Beijing or Mugabe in Harare or Maduro in Caracas. Anyone brave enough to walk down to London could put a slow-acting virus in the water-supply to their coffee-machine

  16. Bloke in North Dorset

    Meanwhile a woman is jailed for advocating something our women take for granted.
    “An Egyptian TV presenter has been sentenced to three years in jail after she discussed ways of becoming pregnant outside a conventional marriage.
    Doaa Salah, a presenter on Al-Nahar TV, asked if her viewers had considered having sex before marriage, and also suggested a woman could marry briefly to have children before divorcing.
    She was charged and convicted with outraging public decency.
    Ms Salah was also ordered to pay 10,000 Egyptian pounds (£430) in compensation.
    The authorities said the ideas in the programme “threatened the fabric of Egyptian life”, the EFE news agency reports.”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-41849838

  17. The authorities said the ideas in the programme “threatened the fabric of Egyptian life”, the EFE news agency reports.”

    Given how things have unfolded in the west, it’s hard to blame them for believing that female autonomy is a slippery slope that leads to national ruin. Better stamp it out now or Cairo will be overrun with olive-skinned Laurie Penneys in 50 or 60 years!

  18. How times change, eh? The views expressed by the Gyppo TV guest wouldn’t have far off coincided with those of at least my grandparents generation. Even my father, born in the mid 20’s. was far from comfortable with the liberalism of the 60’s on. I can well remember the horror occasioned by the bit of totty in the spray-on hotpants I visited with in 80’s. The fear of what the neighbours might think.

  19. Bloke in Costa Rica

    Your Dad thought the appropriate sanction for wearing hotpants was to be raped? Really? There’s a fairly wide gulf between purse-lipped disapproval and violating a woman out of a sense of patriotic duty.

  20. No, I think he was reluctantly resigned to a changing world.
    But is there really such a difference between our Gyppo’s active encouragement & the more typical English passive, vicarious “Well, what can you expect……?”* delivered with considerable relish, when something does occur. Much the same sentiments have been voiced here, on occasion. It’s just the subject parameters have moved much more in a liberal direction. It’s an English trait to drop into the passive mode about all sorts of things because it’s regarded as very un-English to be actively positive or negative about contentious issues. We like to personally distance ourselves, don’t we?

    (*English, because our fringe provinces tend to be more excitable on moral matters)

  21. Solid Steve 2: Squirrels of The Patriots

    But is there really such a difference between our Gyppo’s active encouragement & the more typical English passive, vicarious “Well, what can you expect……?”

    Yes.

  22. No no no, this news from Egypt cannot be true. We know for a fact that Britain is the most sexist country in the world. We know this because some silly Brazilian twat from the UN said so, and the Guardian and BBC agreed. Who are we to judge them?

    We haven’t seen the full transcript of her trial. Yes, the ‘media’ claims she was jailed for three years for speculating about forbidden things, but I imagine the reality is there were a few juicy murders of kittens and baby seals we aren’t being told about.

    Don’t believe everything you see in the papers. Trust the trusted.

  23. I once chaperoned a couple of young women on a bike ride to The Valley of the Kings near Luxor. Because if they went out on their own, they got called whores.

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