The Wisdom of Nawal el Saadawi


Earlier today on Twitter I summarized 80 year-old Egyptian feminist activist and writer Nawal el Saadawi’s comments in an interview published in the weekend edition of The Financial Times.  The parts I did not tweet is about her flirting with the writer and her opening quote: “I was very good-looking when I was younger. This created a lot of problems for me. When you are intelligent and beautiful you face a lot of problems. If you are beautiful and stupid then it’s easy.” Here, below, it is in storify form. (Oh, I messed up the numbers; there are just six of them).

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    1.’When you are intelligent and beautiful you face a lot of problems. If you are beautiful and stupid then it’s easy.’
    Wed, May 16 2012 12:52:18
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    2. “.. You cannot be radical and have money, it’s impossible.”
    Wed, May 16 2012 12:52:31
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    3. Despite her standing in the Arab world, El Saadawi has ‘little of the renown she deserves in the western discourse on the Middle East’
    Wed, May 16 2012 12:53:48
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    4. El Saadawi criticizes “Muslim feminist reformers” who attract media attention ’cause they provide an analysis that makes the West wants
    Wed, May 16 2012 12:54:26
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    6. My 3 husbands were afraid of me. I am a very powerful woman. I asked my ex-husband why he cheated once and he said, I was scared of you!
    Wed, May 16 2012 12:54:57
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