While she fights her case—she and her lawyer contend she was held longer and treated differently than other people who defaced the ad—Eltahawy has moved back to Cairo to take part the continuing social revolution. She's working with Baheya Ya Masr, a feminist organization that fights violence against women, and writing a book for FSG's Faber imprint—an expansion of her controversial Foreign Policy article. The book is tentatively scheduled for publication on the third anniversary of the 2011 Egyptian revolution.

When it comes out, the book will surely be a lightning rod for further debate, praise, and excoriation. Eltahawy's ready for it. "To be a Muslim and a feminist is to stand in the crossfire and yell 'Shut the f**k up!' to everyone around you because you know that anything you say can and will be used against you by everyone," she wrote in a 2010 article for the Jerusalem Post. "I still feel that way, absolutely," she says now. But being nominated for a National Magazine Award offers some encouragement. "I'm very honored and very excited," she says, then giggles. "And I'm also like: 'Fuck the haters!'"

Eltahawy at Manhattan Criminal Court after her hearing on April 9
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Eltahawy at Manhattan Criminal Court after her hearing on April 9
“I wanted to be arrested,” says Eltahawy, seen in a video taken on September 25, 2012, as she was cuffed.
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“I wanted to be arrested,” says Eltahawy, seen in a video taken on September 25, 2012, as she was cuffed.

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ambuscade1234
ambuscade1234

I think she is one hot milf,crazy yes,incoherent yes,a bit on the light side yes.But hot after she sprayed that afdi poster (it has been suggested she did it because the "Why do they hate us?" article had alienated friends on the Islamophile left) she wrote a blog about how her p*ssy was pink and f**k my p*ssy in my pink coat.Just insane sh*t but I believe no one goes through what she went through without going at least a bit crazy.I love her would date her without question the unpredictable crazy that comes out when you least expect it.It would be awesome! Of course you have to be prepared for lots of kinky stuff but im ready for it!

smandez
smandez

This is just simply sad. Another case of celebrity worship from progressives. Where are those poor workers you guys like so much?

jake
jake

Great woman. 

ILPS9000
ILPS9000

Your post is senseless. This is not a case of celebrity worship, and even if it was, that does not mean people don't appreciate the poor workers also. If you understood what is going on, and not just demeaning for demeaning's sake, you'd realise that Mona Eltahawy is for the poor workers whom I suspect you are very much not for

 
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