CAIRO: A hashtag campaign on Twitter stirred controversy among Egyptian Tweeps when it singled out women who curse. Several objected to the hashtag “campaign against girls who curse” as an attack on women’s personal liberties, saying that the way a woman speaks, cursing or otherwise, is her prerogative.
Many responses from women on Twitter now use the hashtag in order to curse men who support the campaign.
Roaa Mahmoud, 26, told Youm7, “I’m against cursing, whoever the person is. But the situation we face is unbearable, so we express our anger through curses.” She added that in front of children, however, “it’s not right.”
Ahmed Fares said, “I hate cursing, whether from men or women, but it’s sexist to only prevent women.” He added, “if we accept cursing, we accept it from everyone.”
Some Tweeps wrote that “Twitter is a private place for everyone, no one has the right to control others,” reported Youm7.
Others described the campaign as sexist, since it targets women specifically even though many men curse in public, while other Tweeps wrote that girls should be reserved and not imitate men’s language, according to Youm7.