Will ten thousand women marching in Tahrir Square be enough to change the criminal behavior of Cairo's police? Is such behavior unique to Cairo's police, or does it happen everywhere, including the U.S.A,? Is criminal behavior ingrained in police culture, inherent in the very act of policing as practiced today, or can it be changed by recruitment and training?
Such questions follow the shocking, debased thuggery in Tahrir Square when uniformed sub-humans attacked, beat, stripped, and stomped one defenseless woman. I cannot personally comprehend what kind of beast in human form could do these things, and like many others might refuse to believe it happened had it not been videoed and sent around the world. The perpetrators are bereft of anything recognizable as human feelings, as most people understand human feelings, unless our conception of human beings is false and such bestiality is all too human.
But it is not only bestiality. The pack of thugs exhibited a deep and choreographed hatred of women. Years ago, a thoughtful young woman said to me, “Some men are afraid of a woman.” She was not talking about the kind of fear a man might feel for a bigger, stronger man, but something deeper, fear of what Martha Graham termed, “the mystery of woman.”
Women carry in them the future of the human species. Men have a trivial role that can soon, perhaps already be entirely dispensed with. Any evolutionary advantage of having two sets of genes mingle could be achieved by having women exchange genes between themselves. It can be argued (and has been) that the human race would be better off without self-aggrandizing chest-thumping males, and so would our planet and all its creatures.
Do men know this, yet squeeze the knowledge into the depths of their unconscious, where it goads them into the kind of hateful acts done in Tahrir Square? Were they further inflamed by the psychotic depths of male chauvinism which plagues some Arab cultures, disenfranchising women, confining them behind walls, hiding them behind veils, forcing them into garments of midnight black?
One can only hope that such hatred is cultural and not genetic, to be softened and eliminated when culture changes, which it does, no matter how slowly. And until it does, there can only be expressions of horror, condemnation, and universal outcry against the perpetrators, plus sanctions against a country that tolerates bestial acts like the one in Tahrir Square.