Recently, Egypt qualified for the 2018 World Cup games by beating Congo Brazzaville 2-1. This is the first time that Egypt has qualified for the games since 1990. Celebrations ensued just after the victory kick, which was made by Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian people were truly happy.

Reporter Menna Allah Yehia immediately became worried about her fellow countrymen traveling to Russia next year. In fact, she became so worried that she decided to write an incredible sexist article stereotyping Russian Women.

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She wrote in "Youm7" that her goal was to open the eyes of Egyptian men to "the reality of Russian women."

Sexism and stereotypes

Sexism towards foreign women is quite prevalent throughout Egypt. Stereotypes run rampant, and the general consensus among Egyptians seems to be that Russian women are all sex-crazed, money-hungry, blonde bombshells who are just waiting for any and every guy to come along.

"Russian women love money and always look for it," Yehia wrote in the online edition of Youm7.

She also said that Egyptian men traveling to Russia for the World Cup games should be sure to take their checkbooks with them.

What Yehia clearly failed to realize is that not every Russian woman is a sex worker. If Egyptian men travel to Russia looking for sexual services, that's their own doing. The women are not to blame.

Yehia also criticized the appearance of Russian women saying, "It is difficult to find a Russian woman with an average weight." She wrote that the women in Russia "are either very slim or very fat." So, what's her advice for Egyptian men?

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"Don't try to escape your fat wife to look in Russia for the skinny woman of your dreams."

Not only is Yehia guilty of blatant sexism and the extreme stereotyping of Russian women, she also body shamed Egyptian women.

Personal experience

When confronted about her bizarre article, Yehia denied that she was stereotyping Russian women. She claimed that her views were based on "personal experiences," but failed to further explain this. She quickly began to backtrack saying that she wasn't referring to all Russian women, just most of them.

Yehia claimed that she wrote this article in response to social media posts made by other Egyptian women. They expressed concerns about their husbands traveling to Russia and "hooking up" with Russian women. Again, this rests entirely on the men.

If a married man pursues a woman who is not his wife, he is the bad guy. Typically, the other woman is unaware of the man's wife. This is not her fault. It's his fault. The fact that Yehia and other Egyptian women are so worried about their husbands cheating should speak volumes about the relationships between men and women in Egypt.

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Instead of belittling, insulting, and stereotyping Russian women, Yehia should criticize the men. Why not advise the wives to travel with their husbands to enjoy the World Cup games as a family? Even better, why not advise men to not cheat on their wives?

Sexual harassment

In Egypt, sexual harassment of women is a daily occurrence. Both Egyptian and foreign women are subjected to street harassment every day. Egyptian officials see even more reports of sexual harassment during the Muslim holiday celebration of Eid.

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This year, 66 cases of sexual harassment were reported on the first day of Eid in Cairo. Not surprisingly, most cases go unreported due to victim shaming.

What can Egypt do to help prevent gross, misguided stereotypes and blatant sexist views? They can start by holding men accountable for their actions. Education is key. Teaching men that just because a woman isn't wearing a hijab doesn't mean that she is consenting to his sexual advances. All Yehia's article did was further enforce the idea that men are not responsible for their actions, and that women are to blame for male misconduct.

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