A great number of modern Arabic music that's released is surprisingly guilty of the appalling objectification of women.
In both, visual and lyrical form, such songs often underestimate the importance of the role of females in society.
There seems to be an unhealthy trend amongst artists to portray women in a degrading manner as if their sole purpose in life revolves around pleasing men.
Decades after the Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum released her song titled A'tini Horreyati (Give Me My Freedom), we still witness sexism in Arabic music.
This reflects the gravity of discrimination against women, and the sad part is that these songs are actually super popular!
Here are some examples of sexist, yet very well-liked songs:
1. Mohamed Eskandar - Joumhoureyet Alby
Joumhoureyet Alby (The Republic Of My Heart) is a popular hit from 2010.
The lyrics essentially tells women and girls to forget about working after their college education.
The scenario goes like this:
Daughter: "I want to work!"
Father: "We don't have girls who work using their degrees. Our girls are to be spoiled and pampered. Your job is my love and affection, you won't have time to do other things... because you are the queen of my heart."
Lebanese singer, May Matar, dares to disagree, however.
2. Abou Elleef - Dola Maganeen
As humorous as it may seem, Dola Maganeen (They Are Crazy) perpetuates false stereotypes that women are somehow all crazy, moody drama queens.
3. Fares Karam - El Tannoura
This popular hit is often repeatedly heard at Arab weddings.
In the song titled Elli Bet Asser Tannoura (The One Who Shortens Her Skirt), the singer is seen flirting with attractive women, stressing the effect that their revealing clothes have on him.
4. Fares Karam - Nesswanje
Making it to the list for the second time, Karam's other popular song Nesswanje (Womanizer), which has so far been viewed nearly 9 million times on Youtube, doesn't fail to highlight his appalling views towards women.
In this song, he proudly declares that he's a "womanizer".
Sadly, a woman would be labeled as immoral and scandalous if she ever hints to having such feelings towards men.
5. Tamer Hosny - Heya De
In Tamer Hosny's popular hit Heya De (She's The One), romance is dismally confused with sexual objectification.
Hosny points at the female lead's body and then goes on to sing that he loves the kindness of her heart.
Not so subtle...
6. Tamer Hosny - Yana Ya Mafish
Yana Ya Mafish (It's Either Me Or No One Else) is all about a man being a total control freak.
It's well known that Arab men and women are jealous lovers, but preventing your loved one from talking to or greeting the opposite sex without your permission is just too much!
This song tries to display a simply abusive relationship in a charming manner.
7. Tamer Hosny - Si Al Sayed
Making it to the list for the third time, the lyrics of Tamer Hosny's Si Al Sayid are the complete embodiment of male supremacy.
Si Al Sayid is a fictional character who is a schizophrenic, misogynistic control freak, created by the award winning Egyptian novelist Naguib Mahfouz.
In the 21st century, we still use him as a metaphor for male chauvinism and misogyny.
Come on Tamer, lay off the stereotypes, will ya???
8. Nicolas Al-Osta - Houkouk Al Rijal
The lyrics to Nicolas Al-Osta's Houkouk Al Rijal (Men's Rights) are asking for a movement for men's rights because the feminists are apparently just too demanding and unjustifiably playing the victim's role.
It's exactly because of that language and the constant objectification in the previous songs that we need feminism, sir!
9. Donia Samir Ghanem - Wa7da Tania
In the song titled Wa7da Tania (A Totally Different Girl) by Donia Samir Ghaneem, romance is once again confused with abuse.
The lyrics perpetuate notions of female submissiveness and male dominance.
In that respect, it's not only men who spew patriarchal ideals.
10. Medhat Saleh - Te'rafy Teskoty
The least we could say is that Saleh shocked his fans with his latest song called Te'rafy Teskoty (Don't You Know How To Shut Up?).
Medhat Saleh started his musical career in the 80s. Now a veteran in the scene, the Egyptian singer released this new song, filled with disturbing tones of male supremacy.
11. Ramy Sabry - Al Ragel
Al Ragel (The Man) was composed by the young Egyptian singer, Ramy Sabry, who is known for his romantic songs.
The track is basically saying "When a man talks, a woman should never talk back".
Well, thank you very much, that was extremely helpful... *SMH*
12. Imane Bent El Howat - El Banat Kamouniat
When this song was released earlier this month, it caused outrage amongst Moroccans.
El Howat's controversial song normalises ruthless and derogatory relationships by suggesting that men are actually showing signs of love by abusing women.
It's beyond disappointing to find yet another woman making it onto this list.