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Mona Eltahawy talks to Laura Bates

Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution

Hay Festival 2015, 

The campaigner and commentator explains that since the Arab Spring began, women in the Arab world have had two revolutions to undertake: one fought with men against oppressive regimes, and another fought against an entire political and economic system that treats women as second-class. Her illuminating and incendiary book is a plea for outrage and action on women’s behalf, confronting the ‘toxic mix of culture and religion that few seem willing or able to disentangle lest they blaspheme or offend.’

Mona Eltahawy talks to Laura Bates