Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Egyptian norms...

Knuckleheads...So, we have moved to North Africa. Today in class we dissected the physical and political geography of North Africa and looked a bit into life in Egypt.

Check out this video about Egyptian culture

How does this help us understand the culture, the people, the influences within the country of Egypt and the region of North Africa?

Also, don't forget your other homework:

1) finish the brief research on Egypt
2) select an aspect to review on Algeria (on loose-leaf)
3) study for map test on Monday!!!!

31 comments:

yongnak said...

In Egypt, talking about sex is a taboo for people, and it is not an accepted topic to discuss freely, or at all. The culture and society of Egypt is strictly conservative. However, because of this, many people, mostly women, are forced to keep their issues to themselves and endure stress and frustration.

Egypt has been influenced by foreign and Islamic culture and norms. However, it still holds on to many of its traditional values (e.g. no sexual education at school even though Islam is very open about it).

Adam Ramesh said...

This video talks about an Egyptian Lady who has her own show and it talks about sex because in Egypt, many people feel uncomfortable talking about the subject in public. It is especially stressing for girls who are about to get married because they are worried about being with their new husbands and they dont kno much about sex because their parents didnt feel comftrable talking to their daughters about sex.
I think that this video helps us understand the culture of Egypt because it tells us that people not only in Egyptian culture, but other North African culture dont like to talk about subjects like sex with their peers because they dont feel comfortable speaking about the issue.

Anonymous said...

Sex is an not an accepted topic in Egypt, and some young people are not even informed about, which can result to problms like pregnancy in teenage ages. And not just that. It think it very important to be informed about sex and all its side effects, because everybody will at least have to deal with it. in contrast to the women, who are faced to keep their issues to themselves and endure frustration, are men not really effected by the culture. FOr my opinion everyone can live his own culture the way he wants to, but at this pointz I do not agree, because this is nothing else than unfair. The men's opinion to women is for me not acceptable. To improve these problems, schools should enlighten students more and women should get more rights in general.

Celina said...

Sex is an not an accepted topic in Egypt, and some young people are not even informed about, which can result to problms like pregnancy in teenage ages. And not just that. It think it very important to be informed about sex and all its side effects, because everybody will at least have to deal with it. in contrast to the women, who are faced to keep their issues to themselves and endure frustration, are men not really effected by the culture. FOr my opinion everyone can live his own culture the way he wants to, but at this pointz I do not agree, because this is nothing else than unfair. The men's opinion to women is for me not acceptable. To improve these problems, schools should enlighten students more and women should get more rights in general.

Mamadou Oury Diallo said...

Talking about sex in europe is taboo. the culture is conservative. WHen people in europe dont talk about sex they become frustrated or move to sexaul abuse at extremes
europe has been influenced allot by the foreign culture. but still holds allot of its values

Geoffrey said...

Like a someboooooody!
This is pretty sad i think, it must suck to want to talk about something and not be able to, i mean look at me, im always talking, about everything.

And i find it amazing that the lady says that it is actually Islamically correct to be direct about sexual awareness but that then the law is not being actually followed, cheap?

The Franck said...

In egypt sex is unacceptable to be talked about freely. It is a very strict society and the people are conservative to a point where they are ignorant about sex and anything around it. this brings a lot of problems to the Egyptian community like unwanted pregnancies and unessential pressure or stress before sex.

Arnaud (J-L) said...

this video is a report about an egyptian lady who runs a show "Big Talk" and talks about sex; a taboo subject in the egyptian society. her shows mention many aspects of sex and help fill a void that is there, due to the lack of sexual education in egypt. By talking about things that normaly wouldn't be discussed, she provides medical awareness to the egyptian people making them more aware and confident about their knowledge. i think it is a respectable things to do, for she provides important knowledge that is unfairly (my opinion) cast aside by opinion and culture.

Akhokem said...

In Egypt, sex is a taboo subject. It is not openly discussed amongst people and not even amongst a couple who is about to get married. This video also shoes that in the Egyptian culture, like in many oter cultures, men and women are treated very differently. To be a respectable woman, you have to remain a virgin until marriage. It also seems like most Egyptian men want to get married only to virgins. Through the conversations of the men in the video i could tell that it is only necessary that a woman be a virgin at marriage but not men.
I can tell through this video that Egypt gets most of its culture, like their values, from the Islamic religion. Most of the women that we saw were veiled, which is part of the Islamic religion.

Anonymous said...

Sex is gud

mohamed said...

this videos is very interesting. it talks about sex in egypt. it is a taboo to talk about sex freely in egypt. the egyptian society is very strict about they accept and what they don't. in america it is the total opposite we talk about sex a lot' we even have a class on it. this problem in egypt is very troublesome for women, because they have to keep what happens to them to themselves which is, like yongnak said, very frustrating.

Anonymous said...

***Jorge Che Guevara***

In Egypt, as in other 'religious dictatorships' ruled by medieval religious maniacs, it is culturally unpolite and even morally harmful to talk about sex. We may find that like "OMG!" and all that crap but we were like that 50 years ago, just look at the USA, that "free-speech country" (sarcasm...) in which people were expelled from their country for left-wingism.

There are several disadvantages in having taboos. The lack of consideration and conversation on issues suchh as sex can leave women unprepared to have it.

Faith said...

this video shows the viewer how the concept of sex is takken by society in egypt. subject topics such as sex seem to be almost prohibited and not discussed upon peers. this is mainly due the isalmic culture that exists in egypt.
this topic cuases unrest for people, usually the female gender. women find themeselves self-consciouis and not knowing what to expect and what will happen.
this video shows us how religious beleifs can sometimes serve as a hinderence. these issues should be talked about instead of letting lie. this menatality isn't only unique to egypt however. other countries have similar mentalities.

Tara said...

Sex eductaion is very much neglected in Egypt. Parents are uncomfortable talking about sex with their children, and especially girls/women, are affected by a lack of knowledge. They are supposed to be clueless until marriage, but even then it is unvirtuous to know too much. One woman in Egypt has her own TV show that talks about sex in a very straightforward manner, but it uses only medical terms. Her reason for talking about sex so openly is because that is how Islam functions: sex should be a very open topic. Egypt based its laws on Islam, and its culture is also very islamic, yet the subject of sex is a taboo. I think that previous nations that invaded Egypt may have left some of their culture in Egypt (such as taboo on talking about sex). North Africa has many influences that change its culture.

Christine said...

SORRY FOR THE LATENESS
(idon't have excuses so iwon't lie hehehe)

Sex is taboo in Egypt. It is not discussed freely which often makes people uncomfortable. The religion is really strict which makes people ignorant about sex. The Egyptian lady, in the video, talks about sex freely which is very rare in Egypt. Therefor a lot of women have issues because they can't talk, share what they know or want to know and endure a large amount of stress.

Christopher said...

sex Edu is frowned on in eqypt , it's a taboo witch means that it's very rare that it will be shared openly or at all.
i think that girls/women should be taught about sex edu because then they would know about the changes they might be going though or when to report if somthing ''bad'' has ever happened to them they would have a much stonger sense of who they are and that they have to right to be treated equally

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