Dear Joumana,

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After watching several episodes of W intou by Joumana Haddad and never skipping any of it; I have to say that it is a unique kind of a show. It must be aired on some TV station because everyone must hear what you are saying.People like you, can make a change. The episodes that were stuck in my mind

and made me write this post were:

-Homosexuality: let me start off by giving my own opinion; homosexuality is still a big issue in Arab countries. Some people say that its against their religion, or the law does not accept it and so on. But, I do not see a reason for a “straight” person to hate, dislike or become homophobic because of choices other people took. Homosexuals are not mentally or psychologically challenged. Well, from a recent article I have read earlier by American Psychological Association (APA), it was proven that it is NOT a psychological illness; so people seriously have to stop giving that as an excuse. Also, the question that Joumana gave in the episode to the young man when she asked: “Why do you hate seeing two men loving each other in public but it is okay for you to share your love with your girlfriend in front of everyone?”  He ended up saying that he can not feel what they feeling together (duh). Homosexuals will not know or understand the feelings that you share with your girlfriend. So, just leave people alone and stop judging them for who they love or how they love or who they hold hands with or who they kiss or who they fuck. Also, it sickens me when I hear that countries like KSA, Yemen, Somalia and many more actually KILL people who confess about their homosexuality. married

By the way, Islam mentions that homosexuality is a sign that the world is coming to an end. Seriously? Can you hear yourself? Did you know that Aristotle was gay? The world did not end back then.

-Parents choosing major/job: Although this episode was yesterday but it touched me deeply; because I faced the same problem few years back. I am a type of person who can spend days with books, papers and pens. I’ve always been called walking dictionary or book worm. My parents did not like it when I chose to study English Literature as my major, because they were expecting me to become an engineer, a pharmacist or a doctor. But a future author is not a Beirut thing.

I have always been affected by Edgar Allan Poe, T.S Elliot, Slyvia Plath, Anne Sexton and today, Joumana Haddad. Spending many hours writing down my thoughts during my puberty years and reading books that were hidden in cupboards and printed 18+ when I was only 12 made me build bigger dreams and think out of the box earlier than others,

-Physical size judgement: I do not want to make things better than when you joined Ahmar Bel Khat El-Areed as a jury that night! That chubby girl is so CUTE. Just so make it clear, people do not only judge on how fat someone is; but also if stickmenyou were a very thin too or you had long hair or you had short hair, even dead people are judged.

Not forgetting episodes of civil marriage, feminism, atheism and religion and many other perfect topics which I can go on forever writing about. We still have a candle light of hope to make a change, at least a step each episode.  Maybe, just maybe those ancient minds will dissolve away.

“It is happiness to wonder, it is a happiness to dream.” -Edgar Allan Poe. 

“Live or die, but don’t poison everything.” -Anne Sexton. 

Sincerely yours,

N,

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