Gays, transvestites, aphrodisiacs, edible underwear, kinky leather, handcuffs, The Vagina Monologues? A Middle East Times article suggests Beirut may be the Sin City of the Arab world.
An interesting quote:
“The Arab world is caught between fundamentalism and the sexual vulgarities seen in video clips and magazines, while in Lebanon there are people who are tackling sexual issues with seriousness and a sense of humor,” she adds (Nidal Ashkar)
Someone proves her point…
The widespread coverage given to her play in the Arab media has stirred a heated debate, particularly within the online community. On the Internet site of Dubai-based Al Arabiya television, one angry Arab user wondered whether “there are no more men in Lebanon to force women to be decent as required by God.”
But a number of Internet users in Gulf Arab states also called on Khoury to keep the production going – so that they can see it when they visit Lebanon during the summer holidays.
I never knew men were supposed to force “their women” to be decent. This kind of reminds me of a scene from “Madrasat Al Moshaghbeen” when Said Saleh was talking to Adel Imam about his trip to Beirut but I can’t remember it word for word.
I dont know; are we doomed to swing from one extreme to the other extreme? Which begs the question of whether one extreme deserves another? Is the middle ground so gray at this point that it’s no longer visible? I guess what sucks about being somewhere in the middle – or at least what sucks about having the desire to settle for a middle ground – is that the far left will say you’re too backwards, too conservative, too fanatic, too close minded…and the far right will say you’re destroying the delicate social fabric of our very existance, not to mention that you’re dissapointing God.
I know where we’ve been and I have some idea of where we are, it’s the ‘where are we going’ that I have no clue about. Do we define a “developed” society as one where there are no taboos, where nothing is sacred, where everything that was once concealed is now normalized? This is not (for once) a rhetorical question.
All societies must eventually develop and eventually progress to some other stage; some other point on their timeline. I just don’t see the direction is all; at least not from where we’re currently standing. We want to develop and we want to progress, there’s no doubt about that. But how do we seek to define that development?
Reminds me of high school, how one would try to imitate those much older than him/her, in an attempt to be called “mature”, or to pass oneself off as “older” and therefore more “credible”, more “acceptable”, more “likable”, more “popular”.
Which begs the question (at least for me) of whether we are truly choosing our own destinies, forging our own way of life, creating something original…or simply trying to do the best impersonation ever. Impersonations are the highest form of flattery but I’m not so sure they were meant to work on a mass social level.
So if you’re searching for the middle ground then I guess you just have to sit back and wait for the war of the extremes. Black vs. White: Right vs. Left.
An impending downfall where everyone will emerge from the haze with no recollection of the ideals that they were fighting for.
As for Beirut…it’s only one domino in a long line…