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Eyptian Female Cartoonist Pokes Fun at Fundamentalists

Posted by on Mar. 29, 2013 at 11:20 PM
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Egyptian Female Cartoonist Pokes Fun at Fundamentalists

Dooa Eladl is 34-year-old Egyptian woman who is turning the male-dominated world of political cartoons upside down.

One of the women who spoke at the Women’s Assembly during the World Social Forum in Tunisia was not a political activist, but a cartoonist. Dooa Eladl is 34-year-old Egyptian woman who calls herself a Muslim anarchist.  Her work appears in the prominent newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm—Egyptians Today. She has become one of Egypt’s best-known political cartoonists, in a field completely dominated by men. (One of her humorous drawings is a portrait of herself marching to work, her hair tied to the mustaches of four of her male colleagues.)

During the Egyptian uprising, Eladl and her colleagues supported the revolution by printing up some of their fiercest political satire, the kind that would not have been published, and handing them out in Tahrir Square. “I don’t think artists like myself should be members of political parties or organizers, but we should certainly use our art to speak out against injustice and oppression.”

Eladl’s blistering caricatures have landed her in hot water with some of Egypt’s powerful fundamentalists. She now has the distinction of being the first cartoonist in Egypt to face blasphemy charges. In 2012 Salafi lawyer Khaled El-Masry, Secretary General of a group called National Center for Defense of Freedoms, filed a complaint against her for defaming religious prophets. The cartoon he objected to shows an Egyptian man with angel wings lecturing Adam and Eve. The man is telling Adam and Eve that they would never have been expelled from heaven if they had simply voted in favor of the Brotherhood’s draft constitution in the recent Egyptian referendum. The court has not yet heard the case.

If the fundamentalists are upset about her irreverent depictions of religious figures, one has to wonder if they have seen her searing drawings about women’s rights—and wrongs. One cartoon against child marriage shows a lecherous, old man with a cane peering greedily up the skirt of a little girl holding a teddy bear.

Another has the streaming beard of a fundamentalist flowing across a woman’s mouth to silence her.

Eladli uses her art to bring attention to domestic violence, underage marriage, sexual harassment, violence against women, and the new phenomenon of attacks against female demonstrators. Some accuse of her being sacrilegious, claiming that her work is too shocking. The accusations don’t seem to phase her, and they certainly haven’t influenced her style.

Ful article HERE , if you'd like to read it. 

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NWP
by guerrilla girl on Mar. 29, 2013 at 11:42 PM

BUMP!

Healthystart30
by Silver Member on Mar. 30, 2013 at 12:07 AM
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I hope nothing happens to her! But I also hope her art is empowering more women to speak up.
LucyMom08
by Gold Member on Mar. 30, 2013 at 12:17 AM
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 Not to be way OT here, but where did you get your avi? I love it!

..MoonShine..
by Redwood Witch on Mar. 30, 2013 at 12:30 AM

Another CM Pagan. :D It seems to be circulating around FB, as well, on a couple of the Pagan pages. 

Quoting LucyMom08:

 Not to be way OT here, but where did you get your avi? I love it!


LucyMom08
by Gold Member on Mar. 30, 2013 at 12:32 AM

 I want it! Haha...

Quoting ..MoonShine..:

Another CM Pagan. :D It seems to be circulating around FB, as well, on a couple of the Pagan pages. 

Quoting LucyMom08:

 Not to be way OT here, but where did you get your avi? I love it!


 

..MoonShine..
by Redwood Witch on Mar. 30, 2013 at 12:35 AM

I sent you a PM with a link to the post in MC where she posted them, and her name. 

Quoting LucyMom08:

 I want it! Haha...

Quoting ..MoonShine..:

Another CM Pagan. :D It seems to be circulating around FB, as well, on a couple of the Pagan pages. 

Quoting LucyMom08:

 Not to be way OT here, but where did you get your avi? I love it!


 


stacymomof2
by Ruby Member on Mar. 30, 2013 at 11:11 AM
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I love these.  People underestimate the strength of Muslim women, they like to characterize them as oppressed little meek mice.  The Muslim women I know tend to be very strong, as a rule.

muslimahpj
by Ruby Member on Mar. 30, 2013 at 2:26 PM
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I agree. Too many people see the clothing and think we are weak, meek and oppressed. I am far from any of those things. LOL


Quoting stacymomof2:

I love these.  People underestimate the strength of Muslim women, they like to characterize them as oppressed little meek mice.  The Muslim women I know tend to be very strong, as a rule.



stacymomof2
by Ruby Member on Mar. 30, 2013 at 2:34 PM

I four one would not like to get in a tiff with any of my sisters in law or my MIL(who has now paased, unfortunately)  They rule the realm.  And their men appreciate that very quality, just like my man.


Quoting muslimahpj:

I agree. Too many people see the clothing and think we are weak, meek and oppressed. I am far from any of those things. LOL


Quoting stacymomof2:

I love these.  People underestimate the strength of Muslim women, they like to characterize them as oppressed little meek mice.  The Muslim women I know tend to be very strong, as a rule.



muslimahpj
by Ruby Member on Mar. 30, 2013 at 2:38 PM
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LOL. I know it.

People mistake modesty for meekness or submissiveness. It's not even the same, not by a long shot. 

Most of the Sisters at the mosque I attend are very well educated and rule the roost, so to speak. lol

Quoting stacymomof2:

I four one would not like to get in a tiff with any of my sisters in law or my MIL(who has now paased, unfortunately)  They rule the realm.  And their men appreciate that very quality, just like my man.


Quoting muslimahpj:

I agree. Too many people see the clothing and think we are weak, meek and oppressed. I am far from any of those things. LOL


Quoting stacymomof2:

I love these.  People underestimate the strength of Muslim women, they like to characterize them as oppressed little meek mice.  The Muslim women I know tend to be very strong, as a rule.




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