Bahrain: “Our Women are Iron Women”

Bahraini Twitter users took a break from politics and had some fun this morning on the microblogging social network. Artist Anas Al Shaikh read a news article which said that an Iraqi woman had killed herself in protest against her husband watching dubbed Turkish soap operas.

Turkish soap operas have replaced the Mexican ones in recent years. Dubbed into Arabic, they are popular with audiences who follow the episodes, which sometimes run for months.

Al Shaikh shared the newsy tidbit with his Twitter followers and asked:

خبر في صحيفة..عراقية تحرق نفسها احتجاجا على مشاهدة زوجها المسلسلات التركية… ليش ما سمعنا عن امرأة بحرينية قامت بنفس الفعل؟ ههههه

: A news item in a newspaper .. An Iraqi woman burnt herself to death in protest against her husband watching Turkish soap operas. Why haven't we heard that a Bahraini woman has committed the same thing? hahaha

The pun was not lost and the comment sparked a lot of reactions.

Bahraini women at the forefront of anti-government protests which started in Bahrain in February 2011

Bahraini women have been at the forefront of anti-government protests which started in Bahrain in February 2011. flickr photograph from Al Jazeera English used under (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Um Salman says:

لأن المرأة البحرينية عاقلة ما تسوى المسلسلات التركية او اي شئ اخر تذبح نفسها

: Because Bahraini women are mature, she knows that Turkish soap operas or anything else are not worth killing herself for

Esraa adds:

خله يطالع .عليه بالعافية .اخر شي من اللي قاعدة جدامه ؟؟ أنا .خخخ ويعني لو طالع اش بيسوي ؟ بيسافر لهم وﻻ بيطلعون له من الشاشة
@esraa_f_84: Let him watch. At the end of the day, he only has what is in front of him [his wife]. What will he do if he watches them? Will he travel to them or will they come out of the screen for him?

And Fatima Salim notes:

المرأة البحرينية ضد الصدمات المرأة الحديدية
@Fatim_Sam: Bahraini women are resistant to shocks. They are iron women

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