The Reforms in Egypt: Farewell Intercourse Law

Instead of working towards limiting poverty, enhancing literacy and moving towards a more democratic state, some of the men of Egypt’s new Islamist-led parliament are busy securing the well-being and happiness of their genitals. No, I’m not kidding.

Even the articles discrediting this as a rumor had to admit that some MPs discussed the proposals.

An Egyptian MP was seen talking about a proposal for something called farewell intercourse. What is that you ask? Well, if you have a sensitive stomach, I advise you to stop reading now. If not, then proceed.

Farewell intercourse allows a man to have sex with his deceased wife, six hours after her death.

The whole idea for this farewell intercourse started with Moroccan cleric Zamzami Abdul Bari who got to the conclusion that is should be allowed. He also figured that women should be allowed to use water bottles, cucumbers and other types of tools in order to seek sexual gratification. No, I’m not kidding as well. He made it into a fatwa.

The story doesn’t end here.

On top of that law, there’s another ratification that might be proposed by the Salafists, which is to let Egyptian men marry 14 year old girls. You know, because their country isn’t already overly populated and overly impoverished and overly illiterate.

Even if this whole thing turns out to be a rumor, which I pray to God it is, you cannot but wonder how such a thing got a hold and stuck with people. It’s a mere reflection of what people think the Egyptian parliament is capable of doing, which is really sad. And if one of those two proposals passes into law (the second one being more probable than the first one, obviously), how will the women of Egypt react?

Odds are there’s not much they can do.

6 thoughts on “The Reforms in Egypt: Farewell Intercourse Law

  1. When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.

    I believe there was a campaign of women in Colombia called “the strike of the crossed legs”. The women would refuse sex to their boyfriends until crime stopped. I cannot remember if it was succesful, it might even end up being counterproductive to the safety of the women. Well, it’s just an idea.

    The current behavior of Egypt is fuelling and reinforcing stereotypes of Arabs and the perception of pessimists regarding the Arab spring.


    • Yeah when I read the first sentence of your Columbia comment, I immediately got to the counterproductive conclusion. I’ll check that.
      I don’t think it would work in Egypt. I’m sure women in Columbia have more rights to begin with and at least they don’t have men in parliament who might think that way.

      The current situation in Egypt is fueling the “Arab autumn” ideology being tossed around, true. To be honest, they had it coming – when the overwhelming majority of the people vote for the Islamists and the salafists, then good for them. I feel sorry for the minorities there though.


  2. I honestly hope it’s just a rumor… I can’t imagine anyone would ever think about that!! Seriously it’s so humiliating on all sides. Too bad and not promising at all, even if it’s only a rumor, because as we say there’s no smoke without fire



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