Tuesday, May 02, 2006

I'm Famous!

The love me, they really love me! And why wouldn't they? I have the look, I have the smile, I have the Miss Lebanon style!

Check out the Lebanese Bloggers Forum, a blogging group of which I am a member. Apparently, one member objects to my blog on the grounds that it limits his freedom. Ludicrous.

Anyway, here is the response I posted to it:

Wow....not what I expected when I checked the blog today. I've only been blogging a month and I'm already a celebrity ;)

Ahmad, I'm sorry you feel that way, but I don't really understand your argument.

You say, "I am pro freedom of speech, yet this should not conflict with the freedom of others in terms of beliefs; freedom of someone is limited by the freedom of the others." I agree with this somewhat. People cannot have the freedom to kill because it inhibits the freedoms of others to live. People cannot have the freedom to scream fire in a movie theater because it inhibits the safety of others. But the freedom to have same-sex relations? Does that impede you from having heterosexual relations? If it does, I am sorry for your loss.

I don't believe that a gay identity should be kept private. "The closet", as they call it, is the reason gay people are in the predicament they are now - scorned, persecuted and rejected. Staying quiet continues the status quo; it is only by voicing our protest that we can change society for the better.

Furthermore, I am not naming names of the girls I've slept with. That would be a rather boring list. It would read:


That's not worth the creation of a blog.


Blogger Firas said...



May 02, 2006 12:42 AM  
Blogger BOB said...

Fortunately, not all of us think the same!
I for one completely oppose Ahmad’s opinion. Although I m neither gay nor Bi, but I totally support any group’s right to freedom of speech, to be recognized and respected.
So, my friend –if I can call you that- keep on voicing your opinions as loudly as you can, and know that if times changes and your blog or link is censored your welcomed to mine.
Long live Freedom of Speech!

May 02, 2006 12:45 AM  
Blogger Eve said...

lol! yes you are (famous)!

May 02, 2006 1:00 AM  
Blogger carine said...

one positive to this whole episode is that it may end up increasing traffic to your (excellent) blog.

keep up the good work, al-fil.

May 02, 2006 1:09 AM  
Anonymous Proud of you said...

The societal pressures that arab males are subjected to is inhumane. How many males are forced into careers they don't even like? Into marriages they are not ready for? Into duties and expectations that are not of their choosing? And even into non-creative names that don't fit them. Actually some are pre-named before they are even born just to fulfill a nickname their father once had such as Abou this and Abou that. It's time that males in our society stand up and say that they are human beings and that parents should not be living through them and forcing them to fulfill what they could not accomplish just so the neighbors won't gossip about them. Just to let you know, by the way, homosexuality is biological and, are you ready for this? it's inherited and runs in families just like brown eyes are or curly hair. It's time to liberate our men from all kinds of opression and let them live a life that is pleasant and free from gender based rules and regulations.

Good for you Al fil but I would suggest that you don't just stop at sexuality but delve into other aspects of hand binding that men in our society are subjected to such as career choices and being able to move out of their parental house to experience some sort of free life before they become shackled like their father into a life of drudgery and domesticity just because society demands it.

May 02, 2006 7:02 PM  
Blogger Lira = 1500 said...


Please bear in mind that there are many out there that support gay rights and freedom regardless of their own sexual orientation.

Much Love!


May 02, 2006 7:04 PM  
Blogger arch.memory said...

Al-Fil, you are a star! I just found out about this whole absurd post (from your blog actually). So, keep up the good work. And if it's any consolation, I got your back ;)

May 09, 2006 5:40 AM  
Blogger Red Tulips said...

I actually found this blog through the post by the bigot on the Lebanese blog site. Keep up the good work! I sent an email about this blog to Andrew Sullivan, who has one of the fifty most trafficked sites on the net - hopefully you will get even more traffic still!

May 10, 2006 4:57 PM  
Anonymous rasha said...

Proud of you... it's not just men that have to face this kind of oppression. Women face it doubly, first for being women and second for being lesbian/bisexual.

June 25, 2006 7:42 PM  

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