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Tuesday, November 7, 2006

In a City of Nightclubs

Last updated: November 7, 2006

November 5, 2006

That Lebanon is indeed a Middle East exception, as Jean calls it, is very obvious from this article by the New York Times...

This is a city of nightclubs, but the nightlife is something else these days, and not just because of the feverish edge sharpened by the war last summer.

By 8 p.m., women in their 20s and early 30s are prowling in packs of five and six, casting meaningful glances at any and all passing men. In the bars the women dance for hours — often on top of the bar — and legs, midriffs, bare shoulders and barely covered bosoms are offered for public admiration.

Samir Khalaf, a professor of sociology at the American University of Beirut, said the scene astonished his American colleagues. “They are just shocked,” he said. “ ‘This is Lebanon, the Middle East?’ they say. They can’t stop talking about all the belly buttons, about all these highly eroticized bodies. You see it everywhere here, this combination of consumerism and postmodernism and female competition.”

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Source: The New York Times

November 7, 2006

The City of Nightclubs against New York Times

Infuriated Lebanese respond to the New York Times article. Rampurple was writing on November 4, accusing The New York Times correspondent of unfairly presenting Lebanese women as men chasing party animals:

I find the article degrading to all women in Lebanon. This article was written in an extremely shallow level . . .

It is obvious that the author of this article, Katherine Zoepf, did not do her homework properly. It seems like this lady simply visited the clubbing districts in order to write this article instead of visiting different areas of Lebanon . . .


A day later she writes another heart breaking post:

Should I fear Al Qaeda? Should I fear Iran? Should I fear Israel? Should I fear the US? Should I live in fear?? Or should I just live the Lebanese way and party every night as if it’s my last night? (!!! NB)



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