How comfortable is our society for women?
As I mentioned after Eve's brilliant Linalone interview: enough politics for two minutes. We can impose change in society as much as we can in politics and more. Many interesting issues were brought up in the interview but I choose to talk about our society and how it contributed in shaping Linalone's decisions.
Suffocated, misunderstood, resignation... oriental are the words we can find defining aspects of society in the interview. Is Linalone the only one who feels this towards our male dominated community? Whether we like it or not, in our society; traditional oriental ethics still rule as the law. Maybe the younger generation now is more westernized but it is still ruled by the tradition.
Needless to say that everything a boy does here is at most "experimental", whether whatever a girl does is "suspiciously indecent" and more. I don't know how they can take so much pressure in order to keep the "good girl" image. And if they don't, they are not "decent", not a "bent 3ayleh".
it's not only the fault of the parents, most girls here adapted to the system, that's why a certain Fawwaz Traboulsi once said: "Lebanese girls are very open-minded in their dress code, but their openness ends here".
Ridiculous is this society, with its infinite moral codes and taboos. In the same time, heroic is this society for its openness relatively to our neighbours in Syria and Saudi Arabia... But do we have to wait for TV to change our lives or for grandmas to change their ways of thinking?
It's also funny how secterianism also affects society; we Lebanese like competition, each clan tries to show it takes care of its morals more than the other. We even race in strictness and "decency".
And all this is happening under the supervision of the Lebanese male. I'm so sad that in these times, where a family shoudl be a group of friends, we still have the father as head of the house here. I'm not being extreme, I'm not saying we're the Taliban, just that the majority of women are just Passive to everything around them. I for one am turned off by a woman who just waits.
And when a girl like Linalone is facing a problem: instead of helping, society just barries everything for the sake of "correctness".