Making History in Egypt

Protest turned to celebration today in Egypt with the announcement of Mubarak’s immediate resignation after nearly thirty years of rule.  The people have triumphed, and Egypt will never be the same.  Be sure to check out Al Jazeera English’s live stream of continued coverage here.

Also, take a look at some on-the-ground reporting and analysis this week from young bloggers.  Thanks to 1st year women’s history student Katrina Brown for the tips!

The Role of Masculinity in the Egyptian Uprising by Annie Rebekah Gardner Canonball: “I’d like to consider the role that masculinities have played in the uprising, and how a revolution, should it ever come to pass (as we all more or less know, any transitional government that is US-brokered is highly unlikely to radically shift the status quo of governance here), could hold a potential for re-imagining masculinity in a new order.”

Beside Boys on the Street: Women & the Egyptian Protests by Max Strasser Canonball: “Much of the U.S. media’s coverage of the ongoing uprising in Egypt has been pretty alarmist and ignorant, in particular with regard to the “Islamist threat” posed by the Muslim Brotherhood. (See, for example, this astoundingly tone-deaf article in Slate by someone I suspect has little experience in Egypt.) But it has pleased me to see that the role of women has not gone completely ignored.”

One Intifada you can’t scapegoat by Sarah Hawas:                                                  The Daily Nuisance: “But the absence of any agenda or blueprint in Tahrir square is seriously outdone by the presence of direct, cooperative action between people who are united by one thing only: their determination to end the reign of Mubarak and his appointed regime, at all costs.”

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