QuickTakes -- Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity
With a new revolution in Egypt, women were beginning to feel safe from sexual harassment and oppressive social customs. Yet the February 11 assault on CBS News correspondent Lara Logan, who was covering the uprising, shows that the threat of violence against women remains. CBS said Logan’s attack was a “brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating” by a mob in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, which had been the command central of the uprising, during celebrations over Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak’s down-fall. The antigovernment protesters in the square had been generally peaceful, and sexual harassment had nearly ceased during the protests. On this night, however, a number of Egyptian women reported experiencing insults, groping, and other harassment. Logan was rescued by a group of Egyptian women and soldiers. She returned to United States the next day. Asma Barlas, director of the IC Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity, was quoted on msnbc.com, commenting on the incident. Barlas said change will likely be slow because traditional attitudes run deep. “When societal images of women begin to change maybe things will get better,” she said.