Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Burn the Gel, Hide the Wax, Gift the Shorts to the child of the neighbor

I wanted to ask, in deep curiosity, agony almost, if there is any grain of truth in the rumors about people giving moral reprimands recently in shopping areas of Amman or academic institutions on the basis of improper dressing and appearance such as spiky hair, shorts, baggy trousers, and cut-sleeve shirts.
I am very sad my remaining hair does not allow any spiky fantasy to come true. Otherwise I would enjoy discussing aesthetics with the moralists.
I have heard few stories, about giving reprimands and imposing fines. I won't say how, and I won't tell in what expression of deep shock the faces of the young people who told me were.
But on the other hand, Amman is also a loudspeaker for funny rumors; one of its features I love. Till the moment, of course, I get crazy with this habit of urban legends.

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7 Comments:

Anonymous Rowan said...

Geia sou. It is true that people in Amman love to tell stories regardless of how accurate they are. However, I do like rumors…I don't tell them (or at least I try) and I don't believe them (or at least I try ;-) ) but I absolutely love hearing them for a reason that I still did not figure out!

R

5:12 PM  
Blogger Vas said...

Well, rumor or not, yesterday again two students of mine were telling the story again. It sounds strange to me, even if false, the insistence of the whisper, which even if misleading, it expresses a common feeling: that these things could happen some day soon.

6:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

... and believe me they are to happen very soon..

L

9:14 PM  
Blogger Vas said...

perhaps L the day the monumental towers (as Petra Nova) will be accomplished, Jordan will be officially proclaimed sister kingdom for k.s.a

9:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been reading people's comments daily on a jordanian newspaper's website online, angry people, or let me say angry mothers demanding that such regulations should be imposed on their children, male children so as to avoid delinquency, and I personally agree to that...not to the point of extremity, but to a certain limit, I think it's one way of preserving an Arab identity.

Luma

9:44 PM  
Blogger Vas said...

in that case, let them smash their satellite antennas, "clear-up" the book and cd shops, close down the hollywood cinemas and impose a traditional answer to the crisis that regularly occurs to every identity of transitional period. it happened in other places of the world with similar issues. M.Satrapi's Persepolis describes a similar process in the 1980s.

9:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think so, this is not how one keeps his own identity, by shutting himself on the rest of the world, it's by exposing one's self to various traditions and cultures, admiring them, and still at the same time by having this strong will and admiration of one's own culture and tradition and sticking to them, being proud of them..this is how we remain what we are...I believe..

10:17 PM  

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