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Pamela Chrabieh Author Interview on PRETTY-HOT.COM

Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written. I am a Lebanese and Canadian scholar, university professor, artist-painter, peace and feminist activist, and author of several academic and non-fiction publications in English, French and Modern Standard Arabic. I currently live in the United Arab Emirates. What is the name of your latest [...]

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Reeds from Red Lips Book – Meet our Authors!

The Reeds from Red Lips book includes diverse stories from Southwestern Asia (Middle East) on arts and gender – stories told through poetry and prose in English, French, Modern Standard Arabic and Lebanese, and through a selection of conceptual photography artworks, digital visuals, cartoons and paintings. ——————————– Featured Authors and Artists: Dr. Pamela Chrabieh | [...]

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Reeds from Red Lips: a new book on Gender and Arts in Southwestern Asia

What influence does gender have on art production in nowadays Southwestern Asia? Does gender embody everyday life experiences, including the artistic experience? Are gendered spaces of the region Orientalized, demystified, or both? Are bodies, especially women bodies, described asexualized, passive and silent? Do local authors and artists living in diaspora reproduce totalizing or essentialist tendencies? [...]

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Women who Inspire Us are Bold for Change!

Women who inspire are women who step up to take bold actions, whether in the private or public spheres, on local or international levels, in the classroom or the kitchen, behind a desk, while running for presidency or helping others in need. Women who inspire are bold for change; they are change-makers! This is how [...]

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A letter to my daughter lost to honor culture

What is life? One is conceived by two people who could love each other. They could hate each other too, or one of them or both could have been forced to marriage… In my parents’ case, it was forced on both sides.  I was born out of two individuals who didn’t even like each other. [...]

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Reclaiming My (Our) Regional Identity (ies)

Few days ago, I asked my students to search for the origins and use of the ‘Middle East’ expression and identify the most common stereotypes of the ‘Middle East’ and ‘Middle Easterners’. Following the plenary session where they presented their findings, we discussed the importance of deconstructing 100+ year old taxonomy and theories. By deconstruction, [...]

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Happy International Women’s Day from Red Lips High Heels

 

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How I Do Feminism

I will not focus here on answering the question of ‘why’ doing feminism in a closed circle with tiny windows, but I will definitely talk about the ‘how’ – in fact, the ‘how’ is related to the ‘why’ -: while seeing and defining ‘change’ from different yet complementary perspectives – as a professor and academic [...]

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ترتفع صيحتي

ترتفع صيحتي كلما أسمع شخصاً يقول لي: المرأة ملك الرجل! المرأة زينة الرجل! المرأة جزمة تغيرها كلما تشاء! خلق الله المرأة لتخدم الرجل. ترتفع صيحتي بشدة عندما أسمع إمرأة تنادي بأهمية وأحقية الرجل في إمتلاك المرأة بينما المرأة لا تملك زوجها لأن السيد يملك العبد لكن العبد لا يملك سيده. ترتفع صيحتي في مواجهة فكر [...]

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A never ending fight for Peace in the Middle East?

When I came back from Montreal (Quebec, Canada) to Lebanon in 2006-2007, all my friends called me ‘crazy’: ‘How can you leave a stable and secure environment for a volcano?’ I had my personal and family reasons, and I was convinced of the inevitable change yet to occur in the Middle East. I wanted to [...]

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