In the two years since the revolution that toppled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's decadent 30-year-old regime, there have been few Egyptians with a more visible international media profile than Mona Eltahawy.

Whether in newspaper columns, on television and radio airwaves or the streets of Cairo itself, the Egyptian-American journalist has been an outspoken critic of the religious intolerance, violent misogyny and political authoritarianism that plague her native country. When security forces attacked and sexually assaulted her at a Tahrir Square protest in November of 2011, her international profile rose even further.

Given Eltahawy's support for freedom of speech in Egypt, then, it has been dispiriting to see her demonstrate such an utter lack of understanding for the concept here in the U.S.

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