This is to men who “wear” manhood instead of living it.
So, we give visas to every nationality; we harbor every terrorist group you can imagine; we open our border to foreign workers who flock by the thousands; we sell 100% ownership of land and property to every citizen in the world (including aliens from outer space)…
But hey! If the Lebanese woman gives nationality to her children, our social fabric equilibrium is screwed.
We elect deputies based on how much money they have, which religion they represent, how corrupt they are, how much “donations” they can make, who they follow (including which “foreign regime”), how low they can bend over…
But hey! If we bring women to the parliament, the country is screwed.
She gives birth, she raises, she cooks, she cleans, she works, she runs, she follows, she manages, she represents, she satisfies, she beautifies, she smiles, she endures… so much.
We watch her give birth, raise, cook, clean, work, run… and endure… so much.
And yet, we have the guts (no, no balls… at all), to deny her the very basic rights that were equally given to mankind.
We brag about freedom, of expression, of religion, of choice, of marriage, of political affiliation, as if we are the gods of freedom, as if we have grasped the breadth of the word… And yet, we deny her the very basic rights that were equally given to mankind.
Yes, this is manhood. We are the proud Lebanese men, those who are in the know. We are the ones who know how to harness the best of the world’s laws and jurisdictions to erect a nation.
We picked women treatment from Afghanistan, women civil rights from Saudi Arabia, women human rights from Iran.
We forgot to look at India, Great Britain, Iceland, Bangladesh, Mongolia, Argentina, Bolivia, Switzerland, Philippines, Ireland, Sri Lanka, Finland, Lithuania… where women were not elected to parliament, they were presidents, heads of state.
I pity a nation with double-standards.
I pity a country built on prejudice.
I dread the men of Lebanon, and you know why?
Because they are afraid of the Woman. They are afraid of loosing their clout and hegemony. They are afraid of being stripped naked, revealing their ignorance, short-sight, lack of tact. They are afraid of facing a peer they consider a foe; someone who might for a change use a brain instead of balls to induce change; someone who would negotiate instead of argue.
Can man do better? I don’t mind, but then again, if he could, he would have accepted the woman as equal centuries ago.
©2013 – Ibrahim N. Lahoud
Women scare us… and I love it! by Ibrahim N. Lahoud is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
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