Once you start feeling that you cannot criticize anymore then there is something wrong.
There is some debate about the role of Libyan women .. their role during the Feb 17 revolution was appreciated as long as they cooked and did first aid and volunteered as medics or to wash clothes. However, once the war was over and women wanted to start wanting to put legal framework for their activity and citizenship they find that even some of the actions widely applauded during the revolution are now turned against them. They are arrested or kidnapped for having a voice and this makes them fear the rape weapon or the loss of reputation weapon which was allegedly wielded during the conflict last year. The rumour mill is very thick but working with an NGO or being outspoken could get you in trouble it seems.
Human rights have been 'lacking' in Libya during the colonial period, during the monarchy and during the Gaddafi era while in post Gaddafi have proven to be disappointing and Libyans have been patient thinking that this is new to us and we are learning. But there is nothing 'new' about ethics and morality Libyans either have it or don't - if we only acted according to the precepts of the Muslim religion that would be sufficient but no one has acted according to these precepts since the death of Prophet Mohamed PBUH. The situation in Libya has become kind of scary because with Gaddafi we knew the red lines and there were some society red lines as well but now all lines are confused.
Male and female have a long fight ahead but in a patriarchal society females will have it tougher because many males will take a shortcut and say 'we told you so - keep to women related topics only, now is not the time for women to assert their rights (even those provided by Sharia? ) now is the time to rebuild the country don't mix the message and let us men get on with i't.
But how can you alone rebuild the country if women are more than 1/2 the population and they have the higher percentage in higher education ?How can we rebuild a country without our sisters, mothers, daughters, cousins, grandmothers ?
To get back to my question at the start of this post.. who are Libyans afraid of now ?