sitting on the edge of the sandbox, biting my tongue

January 29, 2011

Chilly in Egypt

Filed under: politics — Tags: , — edge of the sandbox @ 10:22 pm

During the 2005 Cedar Revolution in Lebanon, American bloggers became a bit obsessed with hot Lebanese babes.

Like this one.

Well, there is the babe theory of the political movement postulated in P.J. O’Rourke’s Parliament of Whores:

Best of all, there were hardly any beautiful women at the [Housing Now!] rally. I saw a journalist friend of mine in the Mall, and he and I pursued this line of inquiry as assiduously as our happy private lives allow. Practically every female at the march was a bowser. “We’re not being sexist here,” my friend insisted. “It’s not that looks matter per se. It’s just that beautiful women are always on the cutting edge of social trends. Remember how many beautiful women were in the anti-war movement twenty years ago? In the yoga classes fifteen years ago? At the discos ten years ago? On Wall Street five years ago? Where the beautiful women are is where the country is headed,” said my friend. “And this,” he looked around him, “isn’t it.”

Will Franklin proposed the Babely-Come-Lately Sub-Theorem:

An alternate view of the Babe Theory holds that attractive women are drawn more to successful political movements than to fringe movements.

Babe Prerequisite Corollary:

Another view of the Babe Theory holds that a society will not be ready for democratic reforms if it does not have babes. Babes, you see, are a sign of a certain minimal level of affluence.

No protest babe phenomena seems to take place in Egyptian riots.  The crowd is overwhelmingly male:

like here

or here

or here.

Occasional woman is not exactly your bare-chested Liberties:

Yeah, that one.  Her finger really bothers me.

It could be that Egyptian women don’t feel that the revolution will be successful, or that Egypt did not accumulate enough wealth.  It also could be that the rioting men don’t want their women out on the street, like whores, you know.

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4 Comments »

  1. Any “religion” that bans booze, babes and bacon worships a false and evil god.

    JMNSHO.

    Comment by Wraith — February 1, 2011 @ 4:22 am

  2. […] few weeks ago I noted the virtual absence of women in the revolution in Egypt.  Now I think I know why.  What I find particularly alarming is that the jubilant crowds […]

    Pingback by Women and Revolution in Egypt « sitting on the edge of the sandbox, biting my tongue — February 16, 2011 @ 5:47 am

  3. […] my sentiments, edge of the sandbox writes: A few weeks ago I noted the virtual absence of women in the revolution in Egypt.  Now I think I know why.  What I find particularly alarming is that the jubilant crowds didn’t […]

    Pingback by At least she wasn’t stoned afterward « Politicaljunkie Mom — February 17, 2011 @ 5:05 am


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