Mona Eltahawy: Civility Will Not Overturn the Patriarchy | Literary Hub

Eltahawy’s new book, Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls, unmasks the power of refusing to “Be Nice”, as she shows how polite civility suppresses women’s voices against oppression. She brings insights from global female activism that illustrate the power of reclaiming verbal outrage.  Mona Eltahawy argues for the power of female profanity as she mines the secrets of effective “everyday #Resistance” by women that sabotage and render Patriarchy unable to defend itself, in her knock out new book, The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls. The article posted here is an excerpt:


Angels Cheerfully Stuff Evildoers into the Mouth of hell

” In other words, it is imperative to understand how civility, decorum, manners, and the like are used to uphold authority—patriarchy, whiteness, other forms of privilege—and that we are urged to acquiesce as a form of maintaining that authority. Whether we are urged to be civil to racists or polite to patriarchy, the goal is the same: to maintain the power of the racist, to maintain the power of patriarchy. …

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Excerpted from The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls by Mona Eltahawy, (Beacon Press, 2019). Reprinted with permission by Beacon Press. 

Mona Eltahawy
Mona Eltahawy

Mona Eltahawy is an award-winning New York-based journalist and commentator and an international lecturer on Arab and Muslim issues. She was born in Egypt and has lived in the UK, Saudi Arabia and Israel but is currently based in New York. She is a board member of the Progressive Muslim Union of North America. She has written Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution (2016) and The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls(2019).

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