!  أهلأً و سهلأً

That means welcome and hello in Arabic. So I am home for the holidays at last! Really I didn’t mind my classes, but taking a break from the rush will be nice for a bit. The class I’m happiest is over is Arabic 101….I loved this class but felt exhausted after my four day a week class. Really I’m glad I took it, I can recognize words and read the script, even if I do not know what most of it means, it broadened my horizons and made me confident that not I can learn any language I want! I’m already majoring in Spanish, and may be taking Portuguese in the near future…I’d also love to learn French and German, but I should probably stick to two at a time haha. Needless to say, I am not continuing Arabic, having come to the realization that unless I went into a field that I would use it in, finding speaking partners is a little farfetched just for kicks…

However, because of this class I did have the opportunity to hear Rula Quawas speak. She is a Jordanian feminist who teachers American Literature and Feminist theory at the University of Jordan. In a culture where talking about sex is still taboo, teaching Kate Chopin is already a brave move, but she has helped the movement in many other was. She and many other women petition the government of Jordan for equal citizen rights for Jordanian women, a repeal of the law “Code 308” which encourages rapists to marry their victims, and for more awareness on sexual harassment. She and some of her students produced this video which in Arab culture is momentous.

It is hard for me to understand how speaking up about things men have said to me on the street would cast doubt on my own modesty and standing as a women, but that is what happens there. A truly amazing woman!

maa-salaama!

~Paige

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