20.2.13

How to insult 51% of the world’s population with a bathroom sign ?


Updates:

We are not allowing comments on this post anymore, because the situation got weird, people started being aggressive just because we talked about their favorite venue ! Actually we didn't even talk about the venue or insulted it, if you read well the post.

We are sorry that everyone missed out the big idea behind this post, we only wanted to say that representing women as a casserole is putting her back in the "kitchen" while hundreds of women from all around the world fight for their rights to work and go to universities. Lebanese women think they have it all, although if we think about it, we have nothing, we are not covered by any law. Maybe the designer wanted to be funny, but for ME and I repeat this is MY personal opinion, we cannot joke about sexism until it stops existing, and that is never, and that goes as well for racism and homophobia.

The bathroom signs were just a trigger, we then talked about educating children in Lebanon and that was the main subject of this post.

Anyway thank you for reading and commenting, even though it was negative ( mostly ), you only tripled our traffic ;) and then you proved us right : Lebanese will only fight for their right to party.

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Marie-Curie and Joan of Arc, Simone de Beauvoir and Amelia Earhart, Daw Aung Suu Kyi and Frida Khalo, Susan B. Anthony and Ella Fitzgerald, Margaret Sanger and your MOM. Were all diminished to a single illustration : A casserole !

Of course THE casserole every little girl should have in her little pink kitchen in her girly pink room where a beautiful blond Barbie lies on her pink bed sheets.  

And the men’s bathroom sign is a wrench! Of course, because all men should use tools, drink lots of beer, scratch their balls and burp.

We in Lebanon, think that we master the art of educating children. Whenever a couple is expecting a boy, the baby’s room start looking so manly that even Chuck Norris is afraid of going in…the blue walls, and blue sheets, with trains, cars and soldiers…in Lebanon we extend that with rifles, tanks and guns. This boy’s identity is prepared and wrapped in blue paper before he was even born. He has no right to chose, this boy might like to play with his sister’s dolls but his parents are so afraid that this will turn him gay so they won’t let him and vice versa, cute little girls with ponytails, pink dresses, ribbons and flowers, übergirly to like spiderman or football. If it was legal to inject boys with testosterone and breast feed the girls with estrogen, Lebanese parents wouldn’t hesitate a second.

And these kids grew up to be designers, and they designed these wonderful bathroom signs for the “warehouse” in Beirut. Can we blame them ? They were raised that way and unfortunately they didn’t educate themselves enough to know that it’s insulting to illustrate women as a casserole and men as a wrench, ( even though the rationale behind them, might be "things you find in a warehouse" )  believe me I know some girls who handle their tools like a plumber while their husbands are going oliver james on their casseroles.

I had enough of the stereotypes, I had enough of people using women as a sexual object in the kitchen, we, Lebanese, are always proud of ourselves, we claim to be civilized, open-minded, cultivated, it’s not partying like there’s no tomorrow or wearing beautiful branded clothes that makes us “Europeans”! It’s our culture, our respect for any other human being, and our social behavior that will turn us in Homo sapiens instead of the Australopithecus we still are. 

Picture : @Acidburn_TD ( Thank you @Acidburn_TD for inspiring me to write this post) 



41 comments:

  1. If i cook will i be able to use the ladies toilet? :)

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    1. Yes Ralph i guess you can ;) but u'll have to wear pink !

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    2. Ralph, bring a dish next time, and you're welcome, no need to wear pink.

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  2. I'm all with you about sexism that MUST END! But I think they posted it as a joke!

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    1. While women are fighting for their rights in lebanon, i think we can most certainly avoid these kind of degrading jokes.

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    2. Of course, this joke is so degrading that i am going to cook right away

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  3. 3ishuwa ba3ed
    You are too skeptical, in a ridiculous way.

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    1. Thank you Deema, we're trying to "n3icha" as much as we can :)

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    2. No, thank you for thanking her !

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  4. yeah first time i saw it I shed a tear or two.. it destroyed me inside :(:'(
    chou bena 3ichouwa chwey

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    1. Trying to "n3icha" as much as we can dear.
      We hope you're feeling better after the inner destruction :)

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    2. I hope you will feel better after that wrench will hit you one day.. while you're cooking

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    3. Whats wrong with you woman , these people are a push towards ur right a bit of respect !!

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  5. YO!
    I'm all with feminism and that, supported a lot of these causes and stand by equality. Just because male and female genitals were translated into a what a 'socio-economical' image that you are not proud of and you would argue it is a sign of repression of the power of women, doesn't mean you should take it as an offense. It is history now and we are mocking it! Hop on the train and have a laugh!

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    1. We're just expressing our point of view and thanks for the invite, we'll try to make it next time :)
      Thanks for commenting!

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    2. Thanks for Thanks !

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  6. thats the LAMEST article i've ever read in my life...if you're writing just because you have nothing else to talk about...please STOP..!!

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    1. Thank you Marc, so nice of you to pass by :)

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    2. Thanks for thanking him again

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  7. Dear Toum extra, i am the designer behind this, and no, the intended pun is not the "things you find in a warehouse" as you mentioned.
    That is not the witty catch at all
    We are actually ridiculing these gender role stereotypes by exposing them so bluntly. With a little bit of sense of humor, you will realize it's the peak of irony towards retarded social stigmas :)

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    1. Dear Tala, we were trying to guess the intended pun, and this is not ridiculing the stereotypes, this is not even funny, I am sorry, that's my point of view. I have been an activist in women's right for more than 5 years now and I do not accept these kinds of jokes, and coming from a women it's worse. I am sorry, there are women in lebanon fighting to get their rights, and other designing them as a casserole. Enough thinking that stereotyping is fun !!! Thank you for your comment. TOOM EXTRA

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    2. Dear Tala I am shocked to see that you are a woman. And yes what you call irony is stereotyping and ridiculing women.!

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    3. i think we all can disagree and agree to whatever we want to. Protest however we want to. And most importantly express ourselves the way we want. I'm just glad all of our intentions are honest and pure :)

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    4. Making a racist joke is harmful, until we have no racism anymore. Making sexist jokes falls under the same category, if you wanted to deconstruct the stereotypes you should have inverted the signs.

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    5. Had she inverted the signs, you think females will go through the door with the wrench sign and males otherwise?
      This idealistic utopian beliefs you guys hold on to has no gravity whatsoever as much as the realistic present that we accept and the shameful dark past that we mock. You speak of stereotypes only as a 'harmful' device and cease to see the benefits of them. There is no 'should have' on how to use stereotypes.
      There are sexist jokes because there exists physical, biological, and social differences between sexes. Your utopian world in retrospect would make little sense in evolutionary terms. You try and hide the raw nature of humans, it's not going to go well. Men have penises, women have vaginas. Some are exceptions and some like toum.

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    6. Pleas explain to me more how women are physically made to work in the kitchen.

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    7. Even though that is it not what I was referring to, I suppose if I said it is their physical capacity to do hard labour as efficient as men as opposed to being at home with the children (which I find to be an equally important role in a family) back in the 1800's could have been the answer to how it is relevant to your question would make me a cynical and insensitive person, right? In the 1900's, this was the common belief. Most dancing events would be held in a rented space or venue, commonly a warehouse and that's when dance music first took off. It makes complete sense that these signs exist at The Warehouse in Karantina in irony knowing C U NXT SAT's humour is very sarcastic and their purpose is to create an event where people escape from their routine lives and have a good time. Just like the reason clubbing came to existence.
      Need I give you a history lesson about the Industrial Revolution and dance music?

      Of course modern civilisation is doing a good job at blurring the lines between 'the wrench' and 'the casserole' in a socio-economical context thanks to many events. You should celebrate that. I'll see you nxt sat ;)

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    8. PS. JEAN SALIM is definitely hoping one of the writers or readers of this blog is a woman and that after reading his D'Artagnan comments she would invite him to a dinner, that she cooked herself

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  8. Thank you all for your comments :)
    It is a pleasure see some young minds defend their idea of "the good laugh train".
    However, we found the idea degrading even if we use a little sense of humour.
    We're going a bit deeper in the subject and meant no harm to you, esteemed Warehouse-lovers or advanced-fun-rebels.
    Yalla tell all your friends to come here and protest we'd love to see how many fun people there are!
    Have a great week :)

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  9. if we wanna protest we want someone to accepy it in a funny way not a passive defensive ;)

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  10. Dear Toom Extra as a Lebanese woman I want to thank you for writing this article :).
    Few are people who are realizing that sarcasm is as harmful for us, women, who are struggling for our rights.
    Dear Tata I am shocked to see that you are a woman. And yes what you call irony is stereotyping and ridiculing women.!

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    1. Thank you Amani, maybe women in Lebanon will have the chance to earn their rights, if there are many people who think like you.

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  11. Dear Toom Extra,
    SERIOUSLY ?????!!!!!
    w2fit aa hay?! my God, if that's offensive to you....
    plus no offense to this whole website but hey what's bothering exactly, the fact that there are some "warehouse-lovers" or people disagreeing about what u have wrote?!!

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    1. Dear Alice " Betbalech bi Hay", People have the right to disagree, we do not all have the same opinions, and i'll tell you what is it all about : it's About Women like you accepting this kind of silly stereotypes.

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  12. C'est l'un des meilleurs textes que vous avez écrits. Il est vrai que ce qui ;l'a déclenché n'est pas une chose grave. Mais l'auteur a exposé tout une perversion qui existe depuis toujours dans l'éducation à la libanaise. Et puis dans un pays où la femme continue à lutter pour ses droits et pour sa liberté, elle est montrée plus que jamais comme une image de désir et de plaisir, sur les panneaux publicitaires son corps en entier ou en fragments est exposé nu à tous les regards! je pense que l'auteur de cet article a mis "le doigt dans la plaie" comme on dit chez nous et c'est ce qui a provoqué, je pense cette pluie de commentaires plus ou moins agressifs. ce n'est pas la casserole en elle-même qui est humiliante. il faudrait signaler ici que les plus grands"chefs" du monde sont des hommes mais c'est surtout ce qu'il y a derrière! toute la gamme de stéréotypes propres à notre société libanaise depuis une éternité. Vous savez de nos jours les femmes sont aussi habiles à manipuler les "outils" des hommes. Go ahead Toom Extra. Votre authenticité est votre plus bel atout :)

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  13. I don't know what's bothering me more , the super stretched out of place call for feminism , the bad English or the I'm rubber you're glue replies from the editors.

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  14. If you think this is sexist, wait till you see the bathroom signs for the summer season :)
    They're going to print very soon :) Stay Tuned !

    TMBTS aka The Mind Behind The Signs

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  15. Teb.. shoul 3acha ??

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  16. http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=pYt6Pi6b_Lw&feature=endscreen

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  17. Admin go to the Kitchen!

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    1. Waiting for the smart ass replies :)
      OH! and in case ur bored Admin: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/25BHem/www

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