copy Excellent Adventures in Egypt

Enter here to share Joni's adventures living and working in Cairo courtesy of the U.S. Fulbright cultural exchange program. Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and test of our civilization. - Mahatma Ghandi

10/07/2004

Of course, we rode in the ladies car (no men allowed) to avoid the crush. Some people have pointed to the maintenance of traditions like the "ladies only" cars as evidence that women are downtrodden. On the contrary, women clearly have the upper hand! They can ride wherever they want (men's or ladies' car) but men can't. Women here appreciate the relief they get from the constant crowding and ogling (what Eman refers to as "flattering the girls") in these separate spaces. These two young ladies reminded me of my nieces' friends back home. Girls make their own decisions about whether to wear higab (the headcovering) at 12-13 years (about the age of puberty). Of course, peer pressure is much the same everywhere in the world and higab is very much in vogue in Egypt today. I've seen a lot of very stylish renditions using gorgeous fabrics and ingenious wraps/ties. Posted by Hello

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