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The era press was full of quotes from young revolutionaries who claimed to wish that they had a mother like lady Egypt, one who was educated in the domestic sciences and the belles lettres, a woman who raised good sons for the nation. In this discourse, the housewife was virtuous, modest and devoted to her home both her own home and the national one and to the care of her young. This picture represents the newborn Bank Misr and the foreign banks in Egypt.

Bank Misr is represented as a newborn baby being breast-fed the milk of his mother. And who is his mother? None other than the Egyptian Nation, the beloved, splendid Egyptian Nation sitting on its oldest and most famous manifestation — the Sphinx. Will the baby live? But young male revolutionaries also suggested that their aspirations included marriage to a woman who embodied the virtues of lady Egypt. In poetry, fiction and articles from the political press it was not uncommon for men to compare their beloved to lady Egypt, and to long for relationships with women who embodied her virtues.

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Men who chose bachelorhood over matrimony threatened to erode the very nation that their supposedly more masculine counterparts were fighting to liberate. Photographs of the couple were central to revolutionary-era icono- graphy, in which the Zaghluls emerged as a loving, companionate couple.

But the political promises evoked by the domestic symbolism of were tarnished by political failure. By February , Zaghlul had secured for Egypt a limited form of independence. Many nationalists broke ranks with the Wafd as the result of the constitution, blaming its weaknesses on Zaghlul and forming new political parties to compete with it. Furthermore, Zaghlul was marginalised from politics after the British linked him to the assassination of a colonial official.

The result of the revolution was thus an Egypt with a somewhat powerless representative government, an unpopular king, a disgraced symbolic father and a factionalised nationalist fraternity. Turf wars became the order of the day, as rival parties vied for seats in a parliament that struggled to function.

The father of the nation was no longer master of his household, and beit al-ummah lost its political, as well as its symbolic pride of place. The ranks of the Muslim Brotherhood, founded in , swelled in the s and s. The effendi class grew steadily throughout the s and s, as an increased number of lower-middle-class males received the secondary and university diplomas that allowed them access to government jobs and to the prestige associated with civil servant positions.

But these latecomers shared neither the tastes nor the economic good fortunes of their predecessors.

The Great Depression made fashioning themselves after the elite founders of the Wafd difficult, if not impossible. While the numbers of their ranks grew, their opportunities in business and in government shrank as the state and the market contracted in size and in strength. Consequently, alternative political platforms, like those of the Muslim Brotherhood, became more appealing than the Wafd, and effendi males began to choose alternative role models for self-fashioning.

In the s, Egypt experienced two crises, both of which served as a national reminder of the failures of By , both the Wafd — once again in control of parliament — and the British found common cause in their alliance against fascism. British reluctance to make good on the treaty after the Second World War evoked the failures of and did little to restore the legitimacy, or the legacy, of the Wafd.

The signing of the treaty came to be viewed as a crisis, rather than a victory. After years of patience and forbearance. Source: Ruz al-Yusuf , 20 May , p.

In March , the hopes of the revolution had not yet been dashed by the realities of the Constitution or continued struggles for full independence. As soon as the constitution had been promulgated, many activist women split from the Wafd.

The Auxiliary was instrumental to the success of the revolution, and Wafd women hoped to parley their revolutionary experiences into suffrage. Once the Egyptian Constitution was made public in , and women learnt that they had not been enfranchised, the many members of the Auxiliary dissociated themselves from the Wafd and formed the Egyptian Feminist Union, or the EFU.

And as the EFU continued to struggle for greater access to post-secondary education, divorce and suffrage — a struggle that continued until — women with extra-domestic aspirations were labelled as threatening.

Those women were chastised not only for putting pressure on men and on the struggling nation-state, but also for threatening to destroy the family that was its cornerstone. Cartoon images in the political press seemed quickly to become focused on the activities of independent Egyptian men as they built the political, educational and economic institutions that they had recently achieved through revolution.

As the revolution died down, cartoonists and caricaturists were less occupied with a mother Egypt who had proven to be unreliable than they were with a new image: men who left the gendered—feminine, nationalist—domestic activities of behind in order to build the state. This marginalising of domestic images corresponds with the heightened effendi male preoccupation, aptly described by historian Wilson Jacob, with physical strength in response to the allegedly effeminising effects of colonialism and, quite likely, as a more visibly potent alternative to the domestic ideals of They swung anvils to hammer out the foundations of a new legal system.

They constructed government buildings. Source: Al-Kashkul, 13 November In the stead of the gendered-female depictions of Egypt from the era, ugly, misogynistic depictions of the real women who made demands on the public realm were growing in number.

The discourse was concerned with the habits of the effendiyya, and appeared in the middle-class press as a heightened intellectual preoccupation with the question of whether or not young men were marrying, and whether or not they were choosing proper wives. Concern over and complaints about marriage had certainly emerged before; beginning in and continuing until , men protested against the costs of marriage and carped about the low government salaries that kept them from paying dowries and downloading apartments.

A frequent joke in the press equated the length of the average marriage with the typical Egyptian parliament or cabinet.

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The Ministry of Edu- cation, for example, persisted in peddling the home as central to shaping Egyptian nationalism — however contested that nationalism remained. State officials continued to ask Egyptian schoolchildren to keep their houses in order and their domestic relationships intact, despite the failures of their symbolic mothers and fathers outside the home. Such laws were not designed to grant agency to Egyptian men or women, per se, but were, rather, geared towards cementing monogamous marriage as the building block of the nation.

In , the Egyptian government created a new institution, the Ministry of Social Affairs, in part to fortify the Egyptian household. The society also offered legal domestic intervention for families in need of their assistance.

It was quite often the subject of getting men to want to stay home — style — that audiences were treated to in lectures, however. Ideally, at least according to the ministry, men would learn to play games and musical instruments and take up hobbies and spend their leisure time fully ensconced in domestic bliss.

Rather, the goal of government and civic organisations seemed also to be teaching or re-teaching men a set of habits and ideals that would make them want to stay at home, and creating institutions that would help men infuse their families with civic ideals. They leave early to go to work. Then they dive into bed for a nap. So their house is a hotel for sleeping and a restaurant for eating. While it did not refer to the ideals of specifically, it laid them out rather precisely: remind women that when they did their jobs well, home life was attractive to men and teach those who did not know the arts of modern homemaking.

Remind both husbands and housewives that their performance of the proper domestic and familial roles would shape the next generation. Columns expressing apprehension about marriage and divorce, gender asymmetry in the schoolroom and its effects on marriage, and the dangers of bachelorhood were a frequent press staple.

The feminist movement had indeed grown, both in membership and in political orientation. So too had the number of women who sought higher education and employment outside the home.

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And the message delivered about home life was decisively bleaker than that delivered during the revolution: what had once promised independence now pointed to failure, treason and deceit. The Second World War years had been hard on Egypt; at their end, the British appeared no closer to a full withdrawal than they had been in , upon the signing of the Anglo-Egyptian Treaty.

Student demonstrations were frequent in the mids. And, while the number of students had increased, the issues carried over from the economy lagged, the political realm was fragmented, the king was ineffective and the British were still in Egypt. In addition, when, in , the British turned their Palestine Mandate over to the United Nations, and when the UN voted to partition Palestine, Egyptians felt that the Arab people had been betrayed — first by the British, and now by an international body.

King Faruq hesitated to send Egyptian troops to the aid of Palestinians, and when he did it was discovered that the troops had been sent forth with substandard equipment. The legacies of British imperialism were again apparent and official, Egyptian political institutions appeared at their most inept. Source: Al-Ithnayn wa Dunya, 29 December In this tumultuous era, the home appeared as a place from which men had to break at all costs.

This house is indeed a site of discomfort: a harried wife irons clothes while her food catches fire. In her arms, the baby screams while a toddler blasts his toy trumpet.

Another child swings from the chandelier. Family pets add to the chaos: canine—feline antics knock over a potted plant. Home life does not nurture this effendi Egyptian, nor does he embrace his family. What is clear, however, is that in relation to the female figures in these cartoons, men look foolish, incapable and duped. In these images, marriage and domestic life did not embolden men or connect them to the political realm as they had three decades previously: rather, domestic space appeared as ineffective as parliament.

In , men had been the actors in political cartoons. To be sure, Lady Egypt and Mother Egypt took centre stage, but it was men who longed for them, reached for them, interacted with them and, sometimes, clothed them. They play the role of tailors, creating a new garb for this Lady Egypt.

She has voice in this caricature, but the men possess the means of making her new dress. Femininity inspires, but it does not dominate.

Frequently, they are spoken about but do not appear.

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He is determined to know the name of the man who wants to marry me! And the object of his affection is clearly a modern woman. She sports a dress and heels. She sits on a couch in what appears to be a well-ordered, modern household.

In other words, the props of this image are straight out of As his name does not suggest, he is tiny, skinny and dwarfed by his wife. She is so huge, in fact, that she overwhelms everything around her. In one depiction, Mighty Man appears to try to put her in perspective, but she dominates all that surrounds her — including him.

She uses Mighty Man as a dumbbell, accordingly.

In any case, marriage to Skinny Lady made Mighty Man irrelevant. And as if irrelevance were not enough, marriage to, and cohabitation with Skinny Lady was outright life threatening: she could squash you, apparently without thinking about it.

Mighty Man was under the pillow with the keys! Where did he go? But what they had gained in agency since they had lost in physical appeal, at least in comparison to their era counterparts.

The political turmoil that has gripped our country for the past year or so should have largely subsided with the election of a new president.

Its persistence, however, brings to mind a highly acclaimed bestseller published 26 years ago, titled Parliament of Whores 1. Its author, P. O'Rourke, a gifted conservative writer, uses wit, creativity, and humor in his thought-provoking attempt to explain the entire US government. The book offers chapters on Congress, the president, the Supreme Court, domestic and foreign policy, the federal budget, and much more.

A few quotations will give you the tone of his analysis:. Not that this is always a virtue. Perhaps he felt that he had little to add to the circus. No matter which candidate, if any, you supported in the presidential campaign, both the process and the results of the election were shocking and dismaying to a large number of people in the United States and around the world.

The third parties fielded candidates who were mostly running against the big parties and, in one case, didn't know who or what Aleppo was. By November 1, , the two major candidates had managed during the course of their campaigns to become two of the most disliked presidential candidates ever. According to a Washington Post poll days before the election 8 , only George W. By Wednesday morning, hours after the polls had closed, Clinton had secured the popular vote, but because of the structure of the electoral college, Trump was the president-elect.

This further confused people around the world who did not understand how a person could lose the popular vote and still win the election.

Perhaps O'Rourke's opinion of the election process and its product is summed up in the final words of Parliament of Whores:. Authority has always attracted the lowest elements in the human race. All through history mankind has been bullied by scum. Those who lord it over their fellows and toss commands in every direction and would boss the grass in the meadow about which way to bend in the wind are the most depraved kind of prostitutes.

They will submit to any indignity, perform any vile act, do anything to achieve power. The worst off-sloughings of the planet are the ingredients of sovereignty. Every government is a parliament of whores. The trouble is, in a democracy the whores are us 9. As a satirist, O'Rourke clearly paints a humorous—although ultimately very bleak—picture of democracy's foibles and failures.

However, even great politicians have been alleged to have expressed similar thoughts. Rather than ending this piece negatively, we who were on adamantly opposite sides of the recent election prefer to follow America's long tradition of peaceful transition.

In that light, we echo President Barack Obama's words:. So I have instructed my team to follow the example that President Bush's team set eight years ago, and work as hard as we can to make sure that this is a successful transition for the President-elect—because we are now all rooting for his success in uniting and leading the country.

The peaceful transition of power is one of the hallmarks of our democracy. And over the next few months, we are going to show that to the world National Center for Biotechnology Information , U. Proc Bayl Univ Med Cent. Herbert L.

Author information Copyright and License information Disclaimer.Naguib Mahfouz, Palace Walk, tr. No matter which candidate, if any, you supported in the presidential campaign, both the process and the results of the election were shocking and dismaying to a large number of people in the United States and around the world. Williams A, Meko T. The legacies of British imperialism were again apparent and official, Egyptian political institutions appeared at their most inept.

O'Rourke examines the way the government spends taxpayer money, concluding that America isn't serious about addressing the many issues it faces. Mystery of Government. Similarly, the outlandish stories surrounding the theft of the mace might best be understood, indeed appreciated, for their figurative rather than analogic representations ofcalamitous circumstances.

Government by P. Browse all BookRags Study Guides. Perhaps O'Rourke's opinion of the election process and its product is summed up in the final words of Parliament of Whores:

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