”Good girls” do what they’re told, are quiet, don’t argue or risk embarrassing their families. Reem and Rawan say they had turned being “good girls” into a fine art.
”In our house, we (were) always the good girls they wanted us to be. So, if they want us to
clean, we will clean. If they want us to cook, then we will cook,” 18-year-old Rawan says.
”The last two years it was really bad, because I just forget who I am, I am just pretending (to be) like an Islamic girl,” says her 20-year-old sister, Reem.
They went to school, studied hard and avoided confrontation. Of course, the same rules d
idn’t apply to their brothers. Beat your sisters, the siblings say their brothers were told, it’ll make you better men.
Reem and Rawan are reluctant to talk about the abuse at the hands of their family. They say it
didn’t happen all the time, just enough to remind them of the rules. And enough to fill them with terror ab
out what might happen if anyone found out about their plan or, worse still, caught them carrying it out.