Ape Hands

CBS News correspondent Lara Logan has described in some detail what happened during that horrific sexual assault she suffered on Friday, 2.11 in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. She’s given an interview on the subject to N.Y. Times reporter Brian Stelter, and will also speak about it on 60 Minutes this Sunday.

The word “rape” surfaced in some news reports about the attack, and to most of us that word means what it means. Logan tells Stelter that for 40 minutes 200 or 300 men “raped me with their hands” and that her clothes were “torn to pieces.” Good God.

Rape is rarely about sex but about the rapist asserting power over a victim and venting rage about some social or emotional issue. In their heads, the animals in Tahrir Square were showing a connected, well-heeled western woman with blonde hair that they deeply resent her elite-media position compared to their scraping-to-get-by lives and that they have the power to subjugate her and thereby make the statement that they’re just as good and not her social lessers.

That plus the fact that Middle-Eastern men are not exactly paragons of enlightened thought when it comes to women. As I wrote last February, “Most of us are under the impression, I think, that the patriarchal and sometimes brutish attitudes of many Middle Eastern men toward women make typical Mediterranean males — once the leading standard-bearers of sexist behavior — look like radical lesbians.”

28 thoughts on “Ape Hands

  1. If you insist on putting it that way, no — it was obviously ghastly but not, technically speaking, “rape rape.”

  2. Boy, Rashad, you really are what they call “the whole package,” aren’t you? Incredible movie chops, terrific empathy, “mad” writing skills, all that…

  3. I’m interested in what might be “enlightened thought” regarding women. Of course, here in the west, women are free to be all kinds of things, strippers, porn stars, brainless celebritards, supermodels, and all sorts of other useless distractions. I’m not altogether sure anyone benefits from that. Which is to say, I suspect that western culture has yet to get a whiff of enlightened thought in any venue. We may be sophisticated while they may be crude, but enlightened . . . I don’t think so.

  4. EBWarren: I said neither side is enlightened, dickwad. But I guess you are, although there is no evidence of it.

  5. This makes me wanna ouke. I remember seeing the Annabelle Chong Story at sundance and the one thing they wouldn’t let guys do during the 250-dude gangbang was use their fingers because the fingernails tore up her insides. And that was consensual. Can you imagine what 200-300 hand-rapists did to poor lara logan?

  6. @bondjamesbond

    Some of them are mothers and professional types, too.

    And if Rashad REALLY wanted to bait, he would have used the word ‘alleged’.

  7. I used to read Jeff Wells’s posts for interesting new tidbits about upcoming movies and amusing observations about films in general. Some good reviews, too.

    Now we get sexist dissections of the true meaning of the word “rape”? And the racist overtones of “ape hands” are not really overtones.

    The running, contemptuous and condescending commentary on overweight people is also rad.

    How far have the mighty fallen.

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