Egyptian general admits ‘virginity checks’ conducted on protesters – CNN.com

“We didn’t want them to say we had sexually assaulted or raped them, so we wanted to prove that they weren’t virgins in the first place,” the general said. “None of them were (virgins).”

via Egyptian general admits ‘virginity checks’ conducted on protesters – CNN.com.

Just off the top of my head, there are four things wrong with that statement:

  1. Are they really saying women who aren’t virgins can’t be raped?
  2. Isn’t a forced “virginity check” a kind of sexual assault?
  3. Were the men protesting asked to prove they were virgins?
  4. Why the hell would the anyone protesting have to be a virgin in the first place? What does that have to do with anything?

Seriously, WTF?

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Posted on June 1, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. i think it comes from the conservative sexual culture in egypt (at least with regard to women). women are expected to be virgins unless they are married. if they are not virgins, then they are morally suspect. the virginity test is essentially a test of the moral character of the people protesting. if they are found to not be a virgin, the authorities can use that to dismiss their demands.

    they didn’t ask the men because non-virgin males are not morally suspect in the same way that women are. finding that the male protesters had been sexually active does not discredit the protesters in the way that the military wants to.

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