Miley Cyrus’s twerks shot her Bangerz album to the top in 2013. In a BBC interview, she called herself “one of the biggest feminists in the world.” Seriously?
Other young women risk their lives to say something serious. Eighteen-year-old rapper Mayam Mahmoud, an economics student, urges Egyptian women to fight sexual harassment.
The hijab-wearing sensation on “Arabs Got Talent” carries a sharp nail for protection. Her voice is even sharper—against men, including rappers, who exploit women:
I won’t be the shamed one.
You flirt, you harass, and you see nothing wrong with it.
But even if it’s just words, these are not flirts, these are stones.
A 2013 U.N. survey revealed that 99.3 percent of Egyptian women said they were sexually harassed, with 91 percent fearful to walk the street.
One shout, two shouts, three shouts . . . some will not still their voices . . . and they are not yet 20 years old.
Say it, Mayam.
Say it, Malala.
Say it in sand . . . all who remember Jyoti Singh Pandey, the medical student who fought rapists on a New Delhi bus last December.