Archive for December 28th, 2011

Flunking the “Virginity Test”

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

An Egyptian court on Tuesday ruled the country’s military rulers could no longer use “virginity tests” on detained female protesters.

Although the tests are bizarre by most Western standards, conservative Islamic groups believe that “non-virgins” before marriage are pretty much whores and prostitutes.  “Proof” that a woman is not a virgin would be very embarrassing to her family.  Military leaders have used the tests to suppress protests against their regime.

The medical procedures were invasively conducted by Army men claiming to be doctors.  Right.  They ignited worldwide condemnation by womens rights groups and Amnesty International.

Of course it is medically impossible to prove a woman is a virgin – whether her hymen is intact or not.  A ruptured hymen does not mean a woman has had intercourse.  Neither does an intact membrane prove she has not.

It seems democracy in Egypt is coming in very small steps – and will not come at all if fundamentalist Muslims get their way.


Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Cheetah and costars in “Tarzan Of the Apes”

Cheetah, the chimpanzee who starred in the Tarzan movies in the 1930’s, died of kidney failure this week.  He was 80.

In his later years, Cheetah retired to the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor, Florida where he enjoyed watching sports on television, and listening to music.  He also loved to laugh and make people laugh too.

Actress Mia Farrow, whose mother, Maureen O’Sullivan, starred as Jane in the Tarzan films, wrote, “My mom invariably referred to Cheetah as ‘that bastard.’” Jealous bitch.