Not long ago coffee shops in Jordan were attended only by males, while women spent their leisure time within the confines of the home where they could be protected and supervised by relatives and neighbors. These times are now changing, although many women from religious or rural background do not enjoy the same freedoms as their more liberal, urban counterparts who take pleasure in walking around the many shopping malls in Amman and frequent its numerous coffee shops. Underneath the preoccupations with women’s respectability and morality surfacing in the discourse against female smoking is a desire to suppress the transformation of women’s status in Jordanian society.
This is a sociology paper for my Society and the Individual Class taught by the great Jamie MacCallum 🙂 Durkheim and the reign of monogamy I started practicing polyamory three years ago in an attempt to free myself of the unbearable attachment, dependency and conditionality that came with monogamous relationships. Needy, shattered and incapable to … Continue reading The Reign of Monogamy
Today was my last day working at the Hebron Youth Development Center as an intern. The amazing performance and exhibition which the participants in my leadership training "Art for Social Change" organized were exceptional. It was exceptional what they managed to do just in two short days of preparation left on their own. It was … Continue reading Last day at work: Happiness in Palestine.
Thanks to the Center for Careers and Internships (CCI) at Middlebury College, this summer I will intern in Hebron Youth Development Resource Center (YDRC) in the West Bank, Palestine. This is the first of a series of initiatives I am planning to implement hoping to contribute for the empowerment of young people in Palestine. Books … Continue reading Books that Inspire! For Palestine campaign at Middlebury College
I just discovered that I have been admitted to participate in the GES this Spring: "Dear Magda, Congratulations! We are pleased to invite you to attend the Global Engagement Summit in Evanston, IL from April 16-20, 2014. Considering the impressive quality of the applications received, the selections were difficult. Your application stood out among those … Continue reading Global Engagement Summit- News!
Destination Recreation: Christmas Tree Farms. Here I am on the Vermont WCAX TV Channel Check out the vid and don't mind my hair! MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - WCAX Whether it's already cut and waiting or still hiding in the field, a tree farm can hold that perfect centerpiece for your holiday living room. And at Werner … Continue reading Destination Recreation: Christmas Tree Farms
Church, early on a Thanksgiving morning. I close my eyes to pray but the picture that flashes before my eyes is His being on top of me, kissing me. I’m not talking about Jesus, of course, and it’s not my imagination. “If love is a sin, I’m a sinner,” I comfort myself (with the lines of … Continue reading Affairs to remember
Man is 70% water. The rest is passion. It was a hot December night in Bali. Loud music heated up the atmosphere even more. We were in Sky Garden— the most popular club in Kuta, where the delegates of the UN youth conference I participated in decided to spend the night. The day was … Continue reading December in Bali
These guys visited Middlebury college a few weeks ago and had a truly wonderful performance I was lucky to watch from the first raw, dancing just half a meter apart from them. Their songs are full of rhythm, passion, honesty and sensitivity. Full of optimism and genuine emotion. Check them out and see for yourself!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-Te9c2jReOg Tonight I went to the screening of the movie "Where do we go now" organized by the Arabic Department in Middlebury College. The movie was by all means one of the best I have seen. A remote Lebanese village inhabited by Christians and Muslims has found the way to peaceful coexistence. Respect and brotherly … Continue reading Where do we go now?