Friday, April 27, 2012

Why do they hate us (women)?

Examples abound of men maltreating their wives and boyfriends beating their girlfriends. In fact, hardly a week passes that the newspapers don't carry news of a woman beaten to death by her husband, disfigured by acid by a jealous boyfriend, or hit and maltreated on suspicion of adultery.

I used to think I knew how bad it was, until I read this article. See first paragraph below:

"In "Distant View of a Minaret," the late and much-neglected Egyptian writer Alifa Rifaat begins her short story with a woman so unmoved by sex with her husband that as he focuses solely on his pleasure, she notices a spider web she must sweep off the ceiling and has time to ruminate on her husband's repeated refusal to prolong intercourse until she too climaxes, "as though purposely to deprive her." Just as her husband denies her an orgasm, the call to prayer interrupts his, and the man leaves. After washing up, she loses herself in prayer -- so much more satisfying that she can't wait until the next prayer -- and looks out onto the street from her balcony. She interrupts her reverie to make coffee dutifully for her husband to drink after his nap. Taking it to their bedroom to pour it in front of him as he prefers, she notices he is dead. She instructs their son to go and get a doctor. "She returned to the living room and poured out the coffee for herself. She was surprised at how calm she was," Rifaat writes.

Follow the link to read the full article.

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