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VIRGIN POLITICS: AN IDEOGRAPHICAL ANALYSIS OF "VIRGINITY" IN THE EGYTPIAN VIRGINTY TESTS

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In March 2011, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, Egypt's interim military government, violently interrupted protests from their civilian population. Litanies of allegations of abuse, torture, and murder arose. One particular abuse happened to seventeen female Egyptian protesters, virginity tests. This thesis analyzes the military's justification and Samira Ibrahim's discursive response to the virginity tests. I analyze the military's use of "virginity" in their justification for the virginity tests, through the theoretical framework of the ideograph. I argue that "virginity" functioned to stifle public dissent in Egypt. I utilize both a synchronic and diachronic analysis of the ideograph "virginity" in Egypt, and argue that it is structured in both a religious and patriarchal meta-discourse used to demarcate the role of the "good women." I also analyze Samira Ibrahim's response to the virginity tests and argue that her use of a rhetorically rich counter-cultural discourse interrupted the operationalization of "virginity" in the military's response. My thesis adds to previous research on the ideograph by evaluating how it operated in a contemporary revolutionary setting in Egypt. It also has implications for social conflict theory, technology, and identity studies.
subject
Egypt
Ibrahim
Ideograph
Patriarchy
Virginity
Virginity Tests
contributor
Swanlek, Aaron George (author)
Beasley Von-Burg, Alessandra (committee chair)
Louden, Allan (committee member)
Kocze, Angela (committee member)
date
2013-06-06T21:19:35Z (accessioned)
2013-06-06T21:19:35Z (available)
2013 (issued)
degree
Communication (discipline)
identifier
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/38559 (uri)
language
en (iso)
publisher
Wake Forest University
title
VIRGIN POLITICS: AN IDEOGRAPHICAL ANALYSIS OF "VIRGINITY" IN THE EGYTPIAN VIRGINTY TESTS
type
Thesis

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