Buzz

‘Show Me Your Cucumber’: Egyptian Women Who Confront Sexual Harassment Celebrated in Video Series

‘Show Me Your Cucumber’: Egyptian Women Who Confront Sexual Harassment Celebrated in Video Series

 

In a short video that has gone viral, Egyptian filmmaker Sharine Atif shares the story of Nora Labib, an Egyptian woman and how she stood up to a sexual harasser with a boldness that left the harasser unsure of how to respond.

Labib begins by pointing out that “women are the most shy hearing ‘dirty’ words [and] are also the ones who hear the most ‘dirty’ words in the street,” highlighting the double standard of sexually harassing women in a conservative society.

She then tells the story of how, when a man in the street told her “I want to f*** your t***,” she responded by telling him to take off his pants and “show me what you’re going to f*** them with … because I have the right to pick.”

“He moved back, turning yellow, red and green. I said, ‘Weren’t you seven men in one a minute ago?'”

Labib then goes on to say that she was not ashamed of her reaction and that the harasser’s words to her “did not make [her] feel dirty,” and claimed that women should react to harassment by taking their rights for themselves.

“They need to learn to regret.”

Sharine, the filmmaker behind the video series A Way Out, told Egyptian Streets that the women interviewed in the videos all shared their experiences with how they deal with oppression in its many forms. Sexual harassment is just one of the many topics Sharine’s videos touch upon.

She says her inspiration for the project came in the wake of the revolution, largely from The Uprising of Women in the Arab World movement, which encouraged women to stand up against violence and oppression.

“Egypt was going through a revolution [and] the real revolution for me was the radical self expression people started to display,” Sharine told Egyptian Streets. “I wanted to capture this, because I was always radical in my expressions and also a living example to finding a way out of oppression. This was a chance to join forces with other women who started doing the same, to empower others.”

Sharine says that the video of Labib sharing her story was met with mixed reactions, with some hailing the young woman’s bravery and others going so far as to respond with death threats. Others, whom Sharine described as “the respectful ones,” expressed their opposition to Labib’s approach but said they “understood the issue.”

“It’s everyones responsibility to learn how to stand up for themselves; sometimes we do it with anger and [are] inappropriate because we were not thought otherwise or are products of the environment we came from,” Sharine said.

His Cucumber is one video from Sharine’s series, A Way Out. She plans on releasing the remaining videos from Labib’s interview on a periodical basis, followed by the videos of the remaining women speaking about their experiences with oppression in Egypt.

Tribute to the Greatest: the Legend of Muhammad Ali
Bassem Youssef Returns to Satire With Promotional Video on 'Detecting Muslim Threats'

Subscribe to our newsletter


Buzz

More in Buzz

Taking a Closer Look at African Artists at the Cairo Biennale 2019

Henry H.C. WooJune 19, 2019

Sushi: The Japanese Dish That Has Taken Egypt by Storm

Egyptian StreetsJune 18, 2019

A Selection of Egypt’s Most Popular Summer Music Festivals Worth Attending

Egyptian StreetsJune 18, 2019

Three Exotic Fruits in Egypt That You Should Try Out

Nour EltiganiJune 17, 2019

First Creative Entrepreneurship Event in Egypt For Women

Egyptian StreetsJune 16, 2019

Aguirre: I Will Leave If I Don’t Achieve Egypt’s Targets

Egyptian StreetsJune 15, 2019

12 Mesmerizing Shots That Capture the Nostalgia and Identity of Alexandria

Egyptian StreetsJune 13, 2019

Get Your Poké Bowl Fix at Maadi’s Healthy Eatery Lyfe

Nour EltiganiJune 13, 2019
Egyptian Streets is an independent, young, and grass roots news media organization aimed at providing readers with an alternate depiction of events that occur on Egyptian and Middle Eastern streets, and to establish an engaging social platform for readers to discover and discuss the various issues that impact the region.

© 2017 Egyptian Streets. All Rights Reserved.