Oates's 140-word political tweet-bombs began by remarking: "Something dispiriting about 'Brotherhood' political parties – wonder what it is."
And drove on with "Where 99.3% of women report having been sexually harassed & rape is epidemic – Egypt – natural to inquire: what's the predominant religion?"Legitimate question to ask, but these are some of the responses she received..
Open City author Teju Cole (@tejucole) responded: "This makes me sad. Religion is a non sequitur here. You're being unfair, and presenting that unfairness as forthrightness."Not surprisingly, she backpedaled, because that's what people do when faced with a barrage of negative response.
Writer Edward Champion (@drmabuse) replied "80 sexual assaults in one day, @joycecaroloates? Try 720 in one day in the US…"
Journalist and novelist Lorraine Adams (@lorraineadams) added: "Violence against women is rampant across almost all cultures since time began. Why is that so hard to understand?"
Other Twitter users poked fun at Oates, with @cszabla saying "love your literary experiment tweeting in the voice of Oates tweeting in the voice of Fox News, @JoyceCarolOates!"
"Blaming religion(s) for cruel behavior of believers may be a way of not wishing to acknowledge they'd be just as cruel if secular."Edward Champion's comparison of rape statistics between Egypt and the U.S. is asinine. First of all:
Population of Egypt in 2012: approximately 83,688,164
Population of the U.S. in 2012: almost 313 Million people
Uh, no comparison Edward.
And yes, there were rapes and sexual assaults during the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) demonstrations- if we're going to compare apples to apples- but again, no comparison in terms of amounts of rapes in one day. Although, granted, there weren't the hordes that were protesting in Tahrir Square at the OWS protests.
She had every right to pose that question. There may be a lot of rapes and sexual harassment in this country, but I would venture to say that the percentage is far from 99% of the female population.
Why is sexual harassment so rampant in Egypt, a Muslim-majority country?