Category Archives: M & Lebanon

I HATE FEMINISM!

Lebanese Girls, ”WMN PWR” and “FEMINIST” shirts are beautiful, ravishing; but you know what, is women empowerment just being a statement on your shirts or are you really applying in your life as a woman, a friend, a best friend, a mother, and a citizen?

 

Empowerment is only an “issue” if women support each other, for real. Only when they don’t view each other as competition (in a country where loyal men is as rare as hairless genitals), when they support a woman-friend-startup/ initiative, when they smile to women they haven’t met before, when they don’t hate on every female who’s taller, skinnier, more successful (list goes on..) than them that they establish POWER. A successful strong woman should not be a woman you hate, but a woman you should set as a success story, an example that you TOO can make it.

And if you are successful, supporting less successful women is not stooping down your level, or else you will only be an opportunist, an “arriviste”- ekh.

 

I HATE extreme FEMINISTS.

 

 

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“Will you at least vote for one women in the government?” – 59% said YES

Elections are very soon; we have more than 140 candidates. I think it’s very inspiring, but I find a gap here. Let’s stop the candidacy of more women (and not fall back into female competition and divided voting) and focus on getting a specific number of women in the parliament. If you are voting make sure you will not vote for a list that does NOT include at least one woman. According to a study presented at the KIP project in April 2017, Lebanese men are more likely to vote by only 1.2% than Lebanese women. This shows that if only women included female candidates in their voting, we will have more than 4 of those (who might actually do something) in the parliament this time. I met some of the candidates in the Women In Front conference held lady with Foundation Diane; they are beautiful INTELLIGENT charismatic women, that is what we need more of in the parliament, and within our government.

 

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“Female Quota?” – 56% said yes 44% said no

Why do I hate feminists?

They sometimes ask for over-equality. A participant in the conference was asking to lower the fees of candidacy for female candidates. NO, just because you get free drinks in a bar, doesn’t mean you get more privileges than men – you want to decrease the fees, let’s apply it to both genders. Equality is equality.

This is why having women in the government is not FEMINISM. It is human rights.

 

One last thing, since I mentioned the elections, VOTE.

You want change? VOTE.

Don’t prepare gatherings on voting day. VOTE.

Don’t go to the beach, VOTE.

Don’t travel on that day, VOTE.

Oh, and Happy International Women’s Day!

 

All the percentages shared are polls on my instagram and represent a good focus group of Lebanese people 

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#STOPTheBurning! Lebanon, SIGN THE Petition!

Sign The Peitition NOW!

I watched the screening of the documentary “An Incinerator for Beirut” last week;
Our government is planning to acquire an incinerator or two from Denmark, to deal with the waste issue. However for the time being we are burning waste out in the open or throwing it into the sea, Ziad Abichaker traveled to Danemak and investigated on spot what’s going on. Here’s a few things I learned while watching the documentary:

Before 1970, Danemark used to throw their garbage in the sea because they didn’t know any better, out of which they are still suffering till today the consequences – 40 YEARS LATER!!! 
Non-recyclable wastes and relatively small-metal wastes get burnt in full combustion chambers; recyclable wastes get recycled not burnt. Danemark do not have any procedure that decomposes huge metalic objects, nothing remotely close to “thermal disintegration”. A huge part of the burned wastes are used in the building of infrastructure, particularly the foundation of roads.
Danemak itself sends some of the recycled wasts to Norway (wastes that contain high dosage of toxic gases and metals like dioxine); Plasma is not applicable in Danemak and does not work efficiently on recycling household wastes. The most toxic residue of non-recyclable & metallic wastes is dioxine. We do not have any laboratory that tests for dioxine in Lebanon. The cost of such a factory costs around 1.5 million dollars.
According to the study of a professor in the American University of Beirut, we will be highly effected by the waste problem in Lebanon. Demographically, the radius effected extends to Achrafieh/Dora (40%) and Antelias (10%); consequences include genetic deformation. 

As mentioned in the Human Rights Watch, despite protests calling for an end to the garbage crisis, more than 150 dumps across Lebanon are openly burning trash at least once a week. Older people and children are most at risk. Doctors say the burning leads to respiratory illnesses and could increase the risk of developing cancer as a result of sustained inhalation of smoke. The government of Lebanon can and should stop the burning and manage the waste in a way that respects health and meets environmental standards.

Our parliament is finally considering a national solid waste management law that would ban the open dumping and burning of waste. Take action today and tell the government to #StopTheBurning! Sign The Peitition NOW! 

https://www.hrw.org/stoptheburning 

Having said that, every “recyclable waste” we do not recycle today is a step closer to getting cancer and having our genes deformed. Before just implementing the incinerator in Beirut, we should start by recycling our wastes! Again, those combustion chambers only burn NON RECYCLABLE wastes. Enough of thinking it’s nerdy or not-cool to recycle, RECYCLE NOW! 

 

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Still Wanna Use Uber and Co?

Now that it’s out an Uber driver murdered Rebecca Dykes, a British diplomat in Beirut,  I am beyond shocked – and I feel the need to share this:

Around 6 months ago, I was contacted by Careem, another chauffeur driven car booking service operating in the Middle East, as an ‘influencer’ to promote their service on my social media:

I was riding with around 6 girls to Halat Sur Mer, the driver/ pilot commented that his boss doesn’t know he is a Careem chaufeur, so he doesn’t want to show in my posts. When I asked him where he works, he did not answer which got my girlfriends and I very uncomfortable.

Also, when he first picked me up, I recall he told me that I was more than 5 minutes late, so he turned off the map.

When we reached our destination at around 9 pm, I realized that I had left my wallet in his car. I called the pilot and told him that I need him to bring me back my wallet, he didn’t come back. Instead, he asked me to “order a Careem for my way back” . Not wanting to be rude, I agreed. I spent my whole night without a wallet. At around 1 am, I order a Careem. 5 minutes later it turned out, the pilot assigned wasn’t the same pilot who had driven me there. I cancelled the trip, and tried again. After 30 mins of trial and error, with my girlfriends and I waiting, I called the pilot and asked him to get my wallet right away. 

I called Careem’s marketing representative and apologized saying I don’t want to recommend this service to people who follow me. I deleted all the posts. The marketing rep told me it was my bad that I was late for pick-up, and couldn’t understand that I was actually more worried about the driver “turning off the map” and working “under cover”. 

25520044_10159704269960084_1563505195_nHowever, I still ordered uber sometimes both in Dubai and in Lebanon – since I thought it was an “international standard” service AND valet-fees-free. Now when I think about it; Even though most of uber pilots were nice and friendly, a lot of them were aggressive especially when it comes to “rating them a 5” or making them wait for 5 minutes – and by aggressive, I mean really aggressive. I have a rating of 4.88 on Uber, I had no idea that there was any Passenger rating till a rude pilot once mentioned that we both rate each other in a weird tone.

I also was once charged twice on my credit card for one Uber trip. I tried to contact the headquarters, the only way I could reach them was FACE BOOK MESSENGER – which is ABSURD! They promised a refund, I’m not sure they refunded my money. 

I remember when I was still in school, we had “3ammo George” my friends and I used to call. He was a dad, he was like our dad. We would call him at 5 am, he would get out of bed just to drive us all home. From THAT, to modern apps with complete psychos driving digital natives around the city,  is ridiculous! 

Being talkative and always questioning life, I ALWAYS asked every driver if he is both an Uber and Careem driver. 90% of them told me they were both, Uber and Careem drivers in Lebanon need to have a red plate/ public-driving license – so they’re limited and usually work with BOTH. It was a chance that this diplomat ordered an Uber, it could be either.

The reason I am writing this is to warn everyone, that I was NOW about to order an Uber (even though all of the above) to Mar Mkheyel, now I am just in shock and grateful I am ALIVE!!!!

Order a taxi from real reputable companies, NOT ON THE STREETS (my mobile phone was stolen from one of those once) “3ish ktir shouf ktir”; REAL COMPANIES who are always in contact with their supervisor, on walky talkies, THOSE!! Uber and such are just apps that take around 20%-30% of the fees you pay per ride. Even though they’re trendy and cool, they are simply NOT SAFE!

Or at least don’t ride with them before: 
1- Drivers cannot turn off maps!
2- Drivers are inspected especially for criminal records!
3- A 24/7 costumer service department answers complaints and not Facebook Messenger!

PS: Many UBER drivers were nice and extremely friendly and “fatherly”
Stay Safe Please!
M

KASSER. RECYCLE. REPEAT. @KasserLebanon

Having a garbage epidemic did not really reshape our daily routines into being less violent towards our daily usage of everything. Solving the size of this issue starts with reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we reduce our usage of products, less items will go to waste. When we cannot reuse an old item – when it is completely retired, we recycle it.

It takes us a lot of patience to think of recycling our beer glass bottles – however it takes everything but patience, if we were to actually smash glass bottles to tiny pieces getting our rage out – instead of getting it out on the streets. Yesterday, I smashed an old phone, an old TV set, kitchen blenders, a lot of glass bottles…

– and I FELT GREAT!

Let’s support @KasserLebanon into getting the word out!
Basically the initiative is smashing out old unused items & sending it to recycling. Kasser will be arranging a lot of events and collabs so make sure you stay tuned with their socials.

They are very interactive on instagram and facebook, Follow them, DM them and they’ll answer! 😉

Also, here’s the team’s instagrams: @pedroskt @mariadoloresgebrael @gass13 @cyntttttt

With Love
Less-Stressed M

 

I learned كوميدي عالواقف in 48 hours: @comedycentralar #ComedyHunt

I have been off the map for the past 48 hours and this is why:

Comedy Central Arabia OSN (namely the comedians Khaled Omar and Ali Al Sayed) came all the way from Dubai to give us comedy-interested people a 2-day-workshop:
#findcomedycentralarabia

[Sunday September 24 2017]
An Open Mic (us trying our material and trying the stage out)

[Monday September 25 2017]
A Full Day Workshop introducing the classical Structure of a good Stand Up Comedy show & An Assignment that will guide us to developing a good show

[Tuesday September 26 2017]
Workshop Day II: presenting our prepared stand up show in front of our peers then at 8:00 pm in front of our friends in A Legit Stand Up Comedy Show at Retro Active Monot

 

What I took from this workshop?
A Stand Up Comedian is the writer, director, and performer of his show.

A Good Stand up comedian:

  • Comes up with his own material – something that he cares about
  • Avoids mentioning genital organs or swear words – just for the heck of it
  • Never disrespects another comedian
  • Knows well how to be an audience member – Zips it
  • Attacks Up never down – An ugly girl attacks Victoria Secret models and not vice versa
  • Always makes the audience feel superior

A Good Joke consists of a premise (subject), Setup (place/location), and Punch line.
Types of jokes:

  • Acting Out
  • Impressions In Sounds (the impression is not the joke, whatever is being said should still sound funny even if there was no impression)
  • Compare & Constrast
  • Analogy
  • Breaking Logic: Exaggeration

A one-hour stand up show doesn’t mean a longer build up for jokes; Louis CK presents one-hour sets consisting of one-minute-jokes.

It is best to start with a 5 minute set, then move to a 10, 15, 45, and 1 hour sets. Classically, the show should start and end up with the funniest material.

So much love for our mentors & the Comedy Central production team!
M

..القانون يحمي القويّ، الوحش، المُغتصِب

القانون لا يحمي المغفلين
فمن يحمي القانون؟

وكيف نُعرِّف المغَفّل… الاحمق؟
هل هو العاجز؟ المُتَّكل؟

المغفّل في ايامنا
هو الانسان الذي يُضرَب ويُهَدَّد
هو القلب الطيّب
هي الطفلة البريئة
هي المرأة الطموحة الساكتة الخائفة

القانون يحمي القويّ
الوحش
المُغتصِب
الغنيّ
المستغلّ الغير
المهدِّد

هذا هو قانوننا
قانون الغاب

صار وقته القانون يحمي من التحرش الجنسي
#mesh_basita
مش_بسيطة#

 

Photo & video credits : Emir Kreidie 


Currently, there exists no national legislation specifically confronting sexual harassment in Lebanon. To confront this lack of laws, a number of initiatives by civil society organizations and government entities have recently pushed for legal reform to address sexual harassment in public spaces and at the workplace. Within the last few years, draft laws criminalizing sexual harassment in public spaces and in the workplace have been prepared and submitted by various bodies, the latest of which is now pending voting by the parliament.

The KIP Project on Gender and Sexuality at the Olayan School of BusinessAmerican University of Beirut, and in partnership with the Office of the Minister of State for Women’s Affairs, launched the “Mesh Basita,” a national campaign that aims at highlighting the need for legislation around sexual harassment within the Lebanese landscape and mobilizing the general public’s opinion towards pushing for legal reform. While many often tend to downplay instances of harassment, suggesting that these are part of everyday social life, this campaign hopes to highlight the many forms harassment may take in an effort to draw attention to the fact that they are violations.

In order to confront the idea that sexual harassment is not a serious issue, “Mesh Basita” stands for the idea that sexual harassment is “not okay.” Offering a double meaning through a message of empowerment, it also suggests that the person is not naïve and that they are taking a stand against harassment. In doing so, the campaign ultimately aims to highlight the need for legislative reform around sexual harassment in Lebanon.