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Could we be protecting the Cosby next door?

Rape culture’s dominant beliefs, social practices and institutions consciously and unconsciously condone sexual abuse by normalizing, trivializing and even eroticizing the abuse. There are numerous times when victims of rape are silenced, fearing the monster that is society; a society too ashamed of its own perversion to try and correct it. Instead, it tucks the perversion in a dark corner, pretending it doesn’t exist, and thus a healthy breeding ground is established for rapists to thrive.

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Reda el-Fouly in a still taken from her music video entitled Sib Eddi. Image: Uni - Sib Eddi, youtube
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Is intolerance hiding behind cultural and religious conservatism?

The recent arrest and trial of Reda el-Fouly, an Egyptian woman jointly charged with her partner for “disrupting morality” and “inciting debauchery” over a risqué music video filmed and posted online, has again raised questions over the protection of civil liberties, freedom of expression and artistic creativity in today’s climate of cultural and religious conservatism.

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