Is the whole truth displayed in the news anymore? That was the major question in the forefront of my mind when I watched a clip of interviews following the social revolution later became called “The Maspero Massacre.” These protestors were having another rally and one thing lead to another. Than all of the sudden military personnel started driving their vehicles recklessly up and down the streets in order to disband the rally. When that became no longer effective, some soldiers start opening fire on the protesters in order to break up the rally. Several people were killed, heavily injured and arrested by the military personnel. I originally saw this clip in a larger set of short films at a local film festival a couple days ago. Honestly when I first witnessed some of the actual footage of the rally, some of it was very shocking. Seeing the random bodies bruised, beaten and ran over in some cases, were horrifying to watch. So this short film gives this issue perfect justice on the actual realties of what was happening with current citizen and military relations.
Words can’t thoroughly expressed how I felt while watching this short film. The one feeling I felt was great empathy towards these people. They got discriminated against and in my opinion the lucky ones were the people detained for a few hours and then rereleased. At first I had no idea of the reasons of why these military personnel would commit these outrageous acts of mindless violence. But then I realized after learning some history of Egypt before and after the social revolution. Is that it had a long standing set of policies of how to treat opposition and with protesters. Such policies like for having military trials for civilians and as well as keeping the peace by any means necessary. Overall I don’t think this problem will be fixed overnight, but I think will time and effort of hard-working people to make innovative change. Than those policies will be a thing of the past.
The Egyptian Revolution was a revolution marked and scarred by purposeful and directed sexual harassment on women activists. The manner by which Western News formed and modeled this discourse proved, according to Easley that “in the contemporary US, it is socially acceptable to vilify Arabs and/or Muslims, just as it is OK to be outspokenly racists against this group of people”(2011). Western media highlighted these sexual assaults as examples of how Egypt wasn’t ready for democracy and modernity and failed to keep in mind that the perpetrators could have been plain clothed paramilitaries or thugs. Around 2003 till 2010 many international feminist campaigns began. A key factor in this narrative is in 2000 the UN passed a resolution, “Women, Peace and Security” that among many things, “legalized international armed interventions in response to rape, femicide, and sexual violence in situations of armed conflict…”(204). International feminism moved towards a social deviance model. This model focuses on allowing access to public space, making reforms of public masculinity and desexualizing the urban life. The argument in this essay gets even more interesting though also complicated under the subheading Dynamics of Securitization. It begins with describing the state justification for transforming everyday social and economic life into police enforced military occupations. Then extends that into a discussion of parahumans, subjects of this occupation who are disabled by racism and or war. I kept on track until the discussion and redefining or analysis of “queering”. From what I understand, this is specifically state governance of subjects connected to state sexualization.
Connecting these concepts back to the Egypt, the response by the state during protests in the 90’s was to delegitimize and taint the movements and messages by dropping off plain clothed thugs into the mix, pawns recruited by the Interior Ministry and tools for the police. This to me is an example of disguised state security, protecting their government by infiltrating and repainting their society as ‘not yet ready for such liberties’. With this comes the Western Media and their inability to see or understand the complexities of the situation and further convolute this discourse.
Below: Proposal for Project
I want to make an illustrated black and white simplistic comic strip that takes a satirical perspective on a couple of feminist oriented movements as well as surveillance movements. I think simplistic images along side brief sarcastic lines will combine humor and attention grabbing art to create awareness and comprehension of what these different movements are fighting for the the ridiculousness associated with the fact that they haven’t attained such freedoms and liberties. One movement I would potentially focus on is the Women To Drive Movement in Saudi Arabia. It is almost unfathomable that this absurd restriction on women exists in general let alone in the 21st century. An example of a satirical line that I saw on the bumper of a car that would fit the attitude of my comic perfectly is “feminism is the radical notion that women are people”