These Bodies

The Occupy movement has got me thinking a lot about bodies. Bodies that occupy. Occupied bodies. Gendered bodies. Broken bodies. Some bodies. Any bodies. These bodies.

ليبيا ما بعد القذافي: أية تعددية؟

قصّة "هنا" أو كيف تم القضاء على "خالو نبيل"


“تعي نلعب طالعة يا نازلة خالو“، واحدة من العبارات البريئة التي كان نبيل يستعملها لينتهك حرمة أعضاء ابنة اخته الحميمة!

#Occupyyourbody: Liberate Your Vagina

When I thought about what I would like to occupy in Beirut, what first came to my mind was my vagina, my body in general. As a woman, to society – my family, my surrounding and everybody else – my body does not belong to me. How can you not occupy back your vagina, your propriety and a part of your body, while according to society, there are rules and taboos that stand between you and operating it, as you please? It’s like owning a car and yet you cannot drive it.

13 Reasons Today Why I Want to #OccupyBeirut

  1. Because only 2.3% of the Lebanese households receive more than 2,000,000 l.l. , putting the rest at jeopardy of surviving the inflation in the country
  2. Because only less than 46% of the population have social security
  3. Because 27% of our youth are unemployed, not to mention underemployment
  4. Because access  to electricity now costs half the minimum wage
  5. Because I get refused a job based on my Religion 
  6. Because Lebanese Laws still discriminate against women ( no law against violence, no nationality law)

عن تحرير العبادة من احتلال الدين

تخيُل بيروت أخرى: احتللن الأرض والسماء والعيون

ثمانية عشر أشهر مرّت ونحن ننام في العراء. أصبحنا نعدّ ثلاثمئة خيمة في وسط بيروت فقط، والمئات الأخريات تتوزّع بين أحياء بيروت الكبرى والضواحي والآلاف منها بين القرى والمدن في الشمال والجنوب والبقاع والشوف والمتن بما فيها المخيّمات الفلسطينية.

تنتقل الخيم من مكان إلى آخر: حالما تستلم اللجان الشعبية السلطة في منطقة ما، تفكّ الخيم وتنتقل لدعم مطالب المناطق المحتاجة.

We don't own our bodies

Ali El Mahdy


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