The Importance of The Girl

Although international girl’s day was on October 11th. It is always important to remember how important these little girls are to our society. They are our future.

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The Modern Definition of A Barbie Doll

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This girlchild was born as usual
and presented dolls that did pee-pee
and miniature GE stoves and irons
and wee lipsticks the color of cherry candy.
Then in the magic of puberty, a classmate said:
You have a great big nose and fat legs. 

She was healthy, tested intelligent,
possessed strong arms and back,
abundant sexual drive and manual dexterity.
She went to and fro apologizing.
Everyone saw a fat nose on thick legs. 

She was advised to play coy,
exhorted to come on hearty,
exercise, diet, smile and wheedle.
Her good nature wore out
like a fan belt.
So she cut off her nose and her legs
and offered them up. 

In the casket displayed on satin she lay
with the undertaker’s cosmetics painted on,
a turned-up putty nose,
dressed in a pink and white nightie.
Doesn’t she look pretty? everyone said.
Consummation at last.
To every woman a happy ending. 

          “Barbie Doll” is a poem that was written by Marge Piercy in her original collection “Circles in the Water.” She is an American poet, novelist and social activist so we can infer that this is a feminist poem. Feminism is a movement against what society thinks is the “norm” with women. It can be their image, how they are presented, how they must act, what professions they are allowed to work in, etc. Therefore, it is not surprising that an activist would write a poem about female appearance and how it is seen by the world rather than how it should be.

Marge starts off the poem with the timeline of a girl. Let’s call this little girl “X.” At first, X is a little girl that is presented with dolls, miniature stoves and irons. Which are all associated with women’s possessions and how eventually every woman will learn to play around with the “real” ones. Then she moves on to the girl hitting puberty. Puberty is a stage that girls and boys go through sometime in their teenage lives and it begins with their bodies transforming. Some people might be lucky with puberty and others might not be. In X’s case, she developed a big nose and fat legs, which were never noticed until a classmate pointed them out. That classmate is only the start to a domino effect. Although X was healthy, intelligent, and physically fit she could not stand what people only saw of her; fat nose on thick legs (Barbie Doll, 360).

As any girl going through bodily changes, X was told to remain positive, to exercise, diet, smile and keep going. But as every real woman knows, those don’t last very long. She eventually gave in to the world’s criticism and cut off her nose and legs, offering them to the world as a truce. However, what X really gave up wasn’t only a part of her but it was her inner self. She lies in her deathbed with a layer or two of painted cosmetics, and dressed in an expected pink gown. But all that everyone could think of was not her true self but of how “pretty” she looked.

This poem just goes to show the extremity of sexism and stereotyping that women go through from the moment they are born. They are expected to play with certain toys, to act a certain way, to look a certain way and at the same time maintain their mentality and self-being. However, not every woman is as strong as they must be. Some women eventually give into society’s standards and undergo dramatic changes just to satisfy a group of people who are sadly considered the majority. This can only go on till they transform themselves into a Barbie doll in an open casket that screams “Finally! I am one of you!” Yet no one even bothers to learn these little girls’ actual names.

*Girls are important to our future. Instead of making fun of the way they look, we should encourage them to change the world rather than themselves. Check out “The Importance of The Girl” video I put up!*

L,

xo

I Absolutely l-l-love Breakfast :)

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Dear Readers,

As we all know, breakfast is the most important meal of any day. I make it simpler and easier to remember that fact by dividing the word into “break” and “fast”. By doing that, you will remember that your body is taking a break from fasting (consuming no food) throughout the night. Therefore, your body needs as many nutrients as it can get when you wake up in the morning. Also, it is important to remember that when having breakfast that you should try not to overwhelm your stomach. So you should try to avoid greasy, fatty or heavy meals such as pizza, burgers, pastas etc… And stick to oatmeal, omelets, cereal, veggies or fruits. Keep in mind that you can “pig out” during breakfast and eat as much as you want (not to the point where you can’t move haha) because this meal is the gas that will fuel your body till the end of the day.
(A good breakfast = a good and balanced day.)

My favourite breakfast places/meals (All located in Hamra, Beirut):  

1. Café Hamra (Picture above): Offers eggs, break baskets, different cheeses and vegetables which are all incredibly tasty.

2. Ristretto: This is one of those places that appear too small and rigid looking to eat at, but offer a m a z i n g  breakfast combos consisting of eggs, hash-browns, sausage and/or pancakes and french toast. Hands down a favourite of mine!

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3. ZwZ (Zaatar W Zeit): Also offers a huge breakfast menu but I would recommend the “grilled halloumi”. It’s such a healthy dish because it comes with a plate of vegetables, amaaaaazing tortilla bread and yummy grilled halloumi in a pan.

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4. Or you could just have fruits for breakfast (Take advantage if they’re in season!):

Strawberries & Grapes are my all-time favourite. 🙂   ImageImage

5. Yogurt for breakfast: If you are in the mood for something refreshing, cut up some fruits and add up some Muesli to a bowl of yogurt. 🙂

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*A fun fact: Based on an old saying, taking a spoonful of honey or olive oil when you wake up (on an empty stomach before breakfast) is said to be beneficial for your body.

L,
xo

5th of November

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Whether it was by coincidence or not, today happens to be the most important day in AUB. Not only is it the infamous 5th of november but it is also election day. Election day is basically when students begin working from the beginning of the semester by being nice and friendly to everyone else just for the sake of “securing votes” (What I would like to call, the temporary friends. You know the ones that only talk to you when they need something.) It consists of Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors that elect themselves based on their faculty of studies. And only one of each get to represent the students. They all claim to have “no political background” but everyone and I do mean everyone knows that that is not true. The election is divided into two big and opposing parties and two or three daring “independent” parties that run for the sake of running but never actually win. The two important parties, though, receive support from a lot of outside interference (whether it’s fair or unfair…no one really cares).

Opposing Parties ^ *The two opposing parties awaiting the results.* ^

Every year the elections take place in one of the busiest route on AUB campus. Strategic location because it not only gives them access to everyone coming and going to their classes but it also gives them plenty of opportunities to ambush you and try to claim your vote as theirs (this is sometimes done with free food, keychains, and lots of pens. Hmm sounds temping, right?)
As simple as it should sound, it is far from being so. Police guards, campus securities and professors are all warned of the possibilities that might occur today which is why it wouldn’t be a good idea not to carry your AUB I.D around. Just because you will be asked to “present your I.D” every single time you enter or exit the main gate of the university. This, of course, is for safety reasons due to many of the country’s heated (and by heated I mean willing to violently react based upon a word, look, attitude… basically anything) citizens when it comes to politics.

Also, every year, each party claims to have the student’s benefits as their priority. And every year, we, the students get nothing in return for our votes. Better air conditioning, better parking spots, better campus seating etc…. are only a few of the things that are “promised” to the AUB students. Keep in mind that the committees are rewarded with a money trust consisting of thousands of donated dollars just for the sole purpose of bettering the university. Yet, those promises are still not fulfilled.
I cannot change what’s going on. However, I can sit on the side and observe how politics can find it’s way into the simplest things in life and overtake it completely. I just hope that one day, the entire AUB community can come together as a whole and not as “opposing parties” to try to keep the promises rather than destroy them instantly the next day when they are back to their a c t u a l  s e l v e s.

As V once said:

“Remember, remember, the Fifth of November, the Gunpowder Treason and Plot. I know of no reason why the Gunpowder Treason should ever be forgot… But what of the man? I know his name was Guy Fawkes and I know, in 1605, he attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament. But who was he really? What was he like? We are told to remember the idea, not the man, because a man can fail. He can be caught, he can be killed and forgotten, but 400 years later, an idea can still change the world. I’ve witnessed first hand the power of ideas, I’ve seen people kill in the name of them, and die defending them… but you cannot kiss an idea, cannot touch it, or hold it… ideas do not bleed, they do not feel pain, they do not love… And it is not an idea that I miss, it is a man… A man that made me remember the Fifth of November. A man that I will never forget.” – V for Vendetta

So AUB, who will that man be?
L,
xo