Egyptian lawmakers want to ban fake hymen kit

"It will make it easier for Egyptian woman to give into temptation"

A fevered debate has broken out in Egypt over conservative lawmakers’ call for a ban on a Chinese-made kit intended to help women fake their virginity. Egyptian conservatives fear the fake hymen kit “will make it easier for Egyptian woman to give into temptation,” the Associated Press reports. “In a country and a region where pre-marital sex is so taboo it can even lead to a woman’s murder, the debate over the virginity-faking kit has revived Egypt’s constant struggle to reconcile modern mores with more traditional beliefs—namely, that a woman is not a virgin unless she bleeds after the first time.” Sheik Sayed Askar, a member of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood who is on the parliamentary committee on religious affairs, demanded the government take responsibility for fighting the Artificial Virginity Kit, which costs $30 and provides a lozenge which releases a blood-like substance, “to uphold Egyptian and Arab values.” The topic has become a subject of buzz on blogs and news sites. Marwa Rakha, an author and blogger, argues the product can be “a tool of empowerment” for women in a macho Arab culture that restricts women’s sexual urges but turns a blind eye to men galavanting. “It sticks it in the face of every male hypocrite,” she said.

Associated Press

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