“Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution,” a new book by Mona Eltahawy, should be required reading for every American Muslim woman (it’ll take longer to enlighten the men).

Snippet: “I think if you whittle them down to their essence, [the Abrahamic religions are} about controlling women and their sexuality. I lived in Jerusalem for a while, when I was a reporter for Reuters, and I would see ultra-Orthodox Jewish families that reminded me of families in Saudi Arabia.”

Read more of an interview with the author here: “Mona Eltahawy Doesn’t Need to Be Rescued”

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