Mirror Mirror on the Wall…

Mirrors, such a shallow reflection… When you live in Lebanon, where physical beauty following particular standards has become your ticket to ‘success’ (fine marriage, fine job, good connections, more money,….) or at least your guarantee to be ‘accepted’ by others, the pressure can be often unbearable, leading to:  Insecurities, Depression, Anxiety, Extreme Eating disorders, Narcissism, […]

A glimpse at the Battle of the Sexes

I recently got into this new life; the working class. And it is in this domain that Ia��ve seen and heard of sexual harassment, any kind of harassment actually. It is also in this domain that Ia��ve met young men and women, who would be considered to be the youth and part of the upcoming […]

One Morning at the Lebanese University : the Essence of Smiles

Festooned with scars, dirty walls, silence and drillers, on the side of the corridor, a happy cockroach that’d died with a smile on his moustache, a hallway, a room, then a hallway then another room… We went, my friend and I, she a professor of religious studies, I a professor of philosophy, festooned with curriculum […]

How I Do Feminism

I will not focus here on answering the question of ‘why’ doing feminism in a closed circle with tiny windows, but I will definitely talk about the ‘how’ – in fact, the ‘how’ is related to the ‘why’ -: while seeing and defining ‘change’ from different yet complementary perspectives – as a professor and academic […]

"Against the Current" Jihadist!

I am both Lebanese and Canadian. I was born in Lebanon, survived the 80s physical war, left for Montreal in 1999 to pursue my studies, was stuck in Lebanon during the Summer 2006 war, and decided, along with my husband, to leave Canada and live again in Lebanon. I am what many define as ‘against […]

A never ending fight for Peace in the Middle East?

When I came back from Montreal (Quebec, Canada) to Lebanon in 2006-2007, all my friends called me ‘crazy’: ‘How can you leave a stable and secure environment for a volcano?’ I had my personal and family reasons, and I was convinced of the inevitable change yet to occur in the Middle East. I wanted to […]

SPOILED CHILDREN = DECADENT CITIZENS

Miserable, unsatisfied, ill-disciplined, demanding, despotic and useless… Rude to their parents and other adults, acting bossy and refusing to share with other children, prone to excessive self-absorption, lack of self-control, anxiety and depression… Yet they get extravagant birthdays, Prada purses, Tiffany jewelry, designer clothes, etc. I am certain of the fact that many mothers – […]

POURQUOI 'SANS QUOTA'?

Suite à la publication d’une de mes citations concernant ma critique du quota de 30% revendiqué pour les femmes en politique au Liban, certains commentaires émis soulignèrent le caractère ‘illogique’ d’une telle revendication, de mesure ‘anormale’, voire d’un impensable puisque, les alternatives ne seraient que des rêves fous et que le choix le plus sûr […]

Women Ordination in Catholic and Orthodox Churches: Lebanese perspectives… Censored!

I was interviewed by OTV (one of the local TV channels in Lebanon) on the highly sensitive subject of women ordination. The priest who was invited too clearly expressed his opposition to women being ordained in orthodox and catholic churches. I presented the Sciences of Religions’ perspective, I talked about women pastors and bishops in […]

وتوابعها crushes ظاهرة

“عيش كتير بتشوف كتير…” هكذا أُعلّق على الظاهرة الأخيرة التي اكتسحت فايسبوك في لبنان وحازت على اهتمام وانتباه طلاب الجامعات المختلفة (…) صفحاتٌ للتسلية، للتعبير عن حبٍ، أو كرهٍ، أو لنشرِ صور طلاب وطالبات الجامعات، صور خاصّة ومثيرة أحيانًا وأخرى عاديّة. ولكن لماذا؟ لماذا ظهرت هذه الصفحات في يومنا هذا؟ ما سبب هذه الظاهرة؟ هل […]