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Subject: Re: Fathers and Sons Date: 4/21/2013 12:46 PM
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Take Egypt as a particularly grotesque example. Aside from the routine brutalization of children that is standard practice in all traditional societies, 97% of all women in Egypt have been genitally mutilated, meaning that they can't have a normal sex life.
In every family in Egypt, to the woman, sex means pain. To the husband, it means inflicting pain. Can you imagine what that means for their mental health? What kind of society do you get if you extrapolate the mental illness of a household to a societal level?

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Where did you get these distorted ideas about Egypt? Have you been to Egypt? I have. I spent three weeks in Egypt just shortly before the chaos there and my guide was an Egyptian women. I saw and heard none of this. In fact my guide divorced her husband. He was a slouch living off her employment till she decided enough is enough. Teenage girls and the little children, what a delight! Always smiling, giggling and loved having their pictures taken. I could go on with stories such as the conversation I had with 'Sarah' dressed entirely in her burka while at the Library of Alexandria. I could only see her sparkling eyes that told me she was happy with her way of life. We had a wonderful conversation while her husband, parents and a aunt looked on. Apparently she was well educated speaking perfect English. She was as eager to talk to me as I was her. When we parted Sarah and I shook hands. I reached out to shake hands with her husband. I saw him hesitate but he shook my hand anyways. I asked Sarah if I did something wrong. She told me the custom was only women to women and not women to man when shaking hands. The husband seem to understand though I did not know this and gave me a slight smile as if to say it was OK.
What is happening in Egypt now is shocking to me. It was/is nothing like the wonderful people I met then and the historic Egypt I saw on my travels there.
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