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Slapping the Slapper

Slapping the Slapper
February the 12th, I was going home after work as excited as I can ever be. I have just arrived to Cairo a day earlier just after the stepping down of Mubarak. I headed directly to downtown to figure out how Egypt has turned to a promising free country. AS I was sitting in the coffeehouse, there came dozens of military officers walking their straight walk and everyone just stood up and gave their applauds to them. I was away, so I felt alienated, but at the same time overwhelmed.
February the 12th as I was going home, still naively Godding the military, a military officer from the car next to me looked at me and said something that I didn’t hear. I looked back at him with much enthusiasm to listen to what he had to say. HE looked at me with those dead eyes and said, "I wanna kiss you in your boobs"… I was completely shocked and couldn't believe that he has just killed my idealized figure. I couldn’t help but screaming out of my car window and say "you don't deserve the uniform, you son of a bitch"…he looked at me again with this devilish smile as if he conquered my naivety and said very calmly "you whore".
I was gonna cry, cry because I have never been harassed and couldn't believe that this verbal abuse made me feel so violated as if he really grabbed my breast. I was in a state of delusionary need to just kick him in the balls. I just had my car in front of his and walked out. Opened the door of his car and slapped him on the face.
I felt strong, this is Egypt after the revolution…slaps the slapper, I was not going to be used and abused.
February the 12th, I was going home after work as excited as I can ever be.

Comments

Siona's picture

Such an incredible example

Noon!

I loved this story. Thank you. I related so much to that feeling of shame and violation--who among us has not been harassed like that?--but haven't ever had the courage myself to stand up and turn that mirror of shame back to the victimizer. Bravo, and thank you, and thank you.

noon's picture

thank you

Siona!

Thank you. I m extremely happy that women relate to that and my main purpose to post this story is to prove that we can ...because we Truthfully can.

Cheers!

Noon

pheebsabroad's picture

Overcoming...

the feelings of violation, abuse and neglect can be so difficult. For you to have the opportunity to stand up to someone who had harassed you is a miracle in itself. Especially considering the recent turmoil....best of luck!

Pheobe

ruth_terry's picture

Hi Noon, I love this story!

Hi Noon,

I love this story! It is very easy for us to idealize the military or police, but they are broken and flawed humans like everyone else. But that doesn't mean they deserve special treatment! Good for you for standing up for yourself and not letting your moment go by!!

Ruth

"A writer’s job is to tell stories that connect readers to all the people on earth... Passionate and well-articulated ideas can and do change the world." ~~Mary Pipher

Funke Arogundade's picture

courage

Dear,
This takes a lot of courage. I love that.

AmandaMartin100's picture

Powerful!

Thank you for sharing such a powerful story!

Jan Bronson's picture

Slapping the slapper

Read your story in the World Pulse Summer/Fall issue on "Miracles" within the context of a class on Women's Spirituality in Oregon....we want you to know how impressed we were with your sense of self and the courage you summoned to create this miracle! Well-done!

AshlandAnne's picture

Slapping the Slapper

I'm also part of the Women's Spirituality group in Oregon mentioned in the above comment by Jan. During our class I was asked to choose the "Miracles" stories from the Summer/Fall issue that struck me the most. Yours was the story I chose because I was so taken with your courage to not allow the military officer's words to go unanswered. There have been times in my life when I wanted to take an action like you did and I did not have the courage. Bravo for standing up for all the women in the world who have had harassing comments made about or to them. Ashland Anne

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