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This article is a satirical critique of culture intended to point out the injustice and inequality experienced by Lebanese women. Recently, I’ve been hearing a lot of Lebanese men complaining about their place in society and the home. They keep saying that our society is sexist—an unfair and untrue accusation. There is complete gender equality in Lebanon. It’s just that men are more suited to some jobs than women are. Lebanese men should assume their natural role for the benefit of society. Although men’s status in society is different, it is both equal and appropriate. Both men and women are citizens and can vote. However, only mothers can give their children citizenship, because they are the ones that give birth to the children and nurse them. Children are m... Read more
In my last article, "4 Sexist Myths That The Church Should Reject," I did my best to dismantle four sexist myths that have caused significant pain and division in the church. I wasn’t going to add to my list, but after many of you responded with sexist cultural myths of your own, I could see that another list was in the works—with me or without me. So, here goes, people. 1. Men Don’t Need to Express Emotion I touched on this one in my last list, but it deserves more attention. Men are not incapable of emotional expression. I will say it again and pray it will be a balm on the wounded hearts of men who long to express emotion, to be vulnerable in a safe space, but have found none. Men are not emotionally unavailable. But, they live in a world that tell... Read more
Earlier this month, Rachel Asproth wrote an excellent article entitled, “Women Who Want: A Reflection on the World Cup.” In it, she discussed another article that appeared recently in the Huffington Post by Autumn Whitefield-Madrano. Below is a quote from the original article, “The Beauty in Watching Women Want”: “What moves me is the players' faces, and watching women want. It's not hard to find images of women in the public act of doing beyond what's been allotted by tired stereotypes. We see women legislating, creating, speaking, protesting—images that weren't available just a couple of generations ago. But we still don't often see women in the act of wanting. And we need to see this, because when you... Read more