The Me I Am

The Me is a mere stereotype, an ideological battleground, a fracture along party lines, an emotionally-laden symbol of the nation, a mother who needs protection against the outside enemy, a coup d’Etat.

The me is the background urging, praising and supporting.

The Me is a dichotomy, a binary system, purity-impurity, honor-dishonor, a perfect-broken vase, bda3a 7elwe-fessde.

The Me is weakness, fear, ignorance, encroachment, conquest, invasion, intrusion… An internalized oppression.

The Me is permeated by violent imagery, thought, emotion and cognition… A mangled and charred body.

The Me is a percentage, a quota, a commodity, a property… Exchanged, bought and sold in some form or another…  A territory to be conquered, claimed or marked, indelibly imprinted.

The Me is a ghasha2, a piece of flesh, a flesh in pieces, a plowed land into a gray mass, an arena of real conflicts and imagined differences.

The Me is a highly erotic entity, an exotic fantasy, a complex eulogy, an object of desire, a candle around which the lover hovers.

The Me is others’ depiction, definition, reality… A myth, a threat and an impending doom.

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The Me I Am is a whole different story.

The Me I Am is the quest, the site, the integrity I Want and Choose to Be.

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I had a nice conversation with a friend of mine this morning about women’s bodies, and it inspired me to write these few words, accompanied by one of my latest artworks using oil, acrylic and ink on canvas.

The identification of women with their physical bodies and the fact that female bodies are constantly under pressure to conform and mold into prescribed social/cultural roles are part of the root causes of their oppression. The demarcation into mutually exclusive categories of mind and body results in the loss of womanhood/personhood, loss of control and autonomy, and violation of one’s integrity.

About Dr. Pamela Chrabieh

Lebanese-Canadian Doctor of Sciences of Religions (University of Montreal, QC, Canada). Founder of the 'Red Lips High Heels' movement. Founder and Director of SPNC Learning & Communication, University Professor, Artist, Activist and Writer. Dr. Pamela Chrabieh (Badine) has an extensive 20+ year multidisciplinary and international experience and expertise in university teaching, academic research, visual arts, art direction, communication, content creation, project management, training and conference/workshop organization.

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10 Responses to The Me I Am

  1. Patricia Achkar January 11, 2016 at 8:31 pm #

    Beautiful words and artwork!

  2. Marie Chartouni January 11, 2016 at 8:31 pm #

    Welcome back Dr. We missed your writings.
    You started the new year with a powerful message of empowerment!
    Thank you for boosting our minds and energy!

  3. Chafic K. January 11, 2016 at 8:35 pm #

    Good evening Dr. Allow me to apply it to any individual who struggles to gain the integrity of the Self. Women certainly, but also men, and people of different gender identities. My prayer goes to the numerous Syrians, Palestinians and Iraqis who are suffering, whose bodies and minds are oppressed.

    Best wishes for the new year!

  4. Issa Jaroudi January 11, 2016 at 8:36 pm #

    Poignant! Excellent!
    Si bien dit…

  5. Lamia Bahidad January 12, 2016 at 7:02 am #

    Sharing with pleasure. Amazing reading and delightful sight this morning.
    More human empowerment is definetely needed in this part of the world.

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