Saturday, April 08, 2006

Girl/Boy


Ever since I came here, I noticed that some Kuwaiti males have explored metro-sexuality more often than not. The long, thick, possibly streaked hair bunched up into a tight bun or a neat ponytail, hot pink attire, lotions and potions, and many more delicacies that were once solely owned and exercised by women.

Girls, on the other hand, sprawled out in relaxation amidst their indifferent environment. Sweatpants & sweaters i.e. God’s gift to women, are a daily wear. Plucking and other abusive acts of forcibly pulling out hair become a semi-annual event as opposed to the weekly routine that occurred back home. Artificially colored hair nears the middle of one’s strands as women’s dark, virgin locks reappear after years of concealment. Manicures are set at a temporary halt as one childishly nitpicks at hangnails and cuticles in class. The hot, destructive blast of hairdryers is set aside as frizz and curls take over.
Ah, how sweet it is.


PS's...
Verb T - Sound So Cool
Willie Bobo - Spanish Grease
The Beta Band - Dragon
Broadcast - America's Boy
Jackson & his Computer Band - Radio Caca

at 9:55 AM

18 Comments

  1. Blogger Kleio posted at 12:12 PM  
    This is such a hilariously accurate observation! I did my undergrad in DC and by around my junior or senior year the city started to get flooded with young Kuwaitis (this was in the late 90s, when there was only a handful of Kuwaitis there, before DC turned into the next Boston!).

    Anyway, I noticed the same thing. Girls that would normally be dressed to the nines in Kuwait would look so different - sweats and no make-up and hair left curly up in a claw-clip. And the guys - man, talk about letting loose! I guess they all enjoy the sense of freedom and escape of being away.

    And yet the unfortunate thing that I noticed in my day was, while they did take advantage of being away from the gaze of "society" in Kuwait, the majority never tended to take advantage of everything else life abroad had to offer - meeting new and different people, going to museums and events, trying new things. Most of them stuck together, lived in the same apartment buildings, went to the same handful of restaurants, and never did anything cultural - I swear, there was actually a Starbucks in Virginia that was one of the most popular Kuwaiti hangouts! LOL!
  2. Blogger The Krispy Dixie posted at 12:15 PM  
    hallelujah!

    I say bring the revolution back to kuwait! :P
  3. Blogger Ms.Baker posted at 12:23 PM  
    Erzulie-

    LOL! Too funny :) BTW, I don't think I have ever told you but your blog drawings are absolutely wonderful :) you are talented mashallah 3laych.

    Kleio-

    Sometimes, the more things change, the more they stay the same ;) Your observation about Kuwaities really is true most of the time, where the "changes' are only superficial... I know what you mean about the college towns you mentioned...

    MsB
  4. Blogger Sedna posted at 1:17 PM  
    Lol, bet it can be sweet for a change ;)
  5. Blogger Stinni posted at 1:27 PM  
    I would like female Kuwaiti students to return to Kuwait with that laid back attitude, so at least by the time my daughter grows up, she can stroll around town all comfy and stuff. Viva la frumpiness! :)

    P.S. When my husband and I were in college (90s), Kuwaitis never really mingled with Americans (well, female Americans yes, but no friendships if you know what I mean). They would create dewaniyas in their apartments. I think it's a shame. It's sort of like American women married to Kuwaitis who refuse to have Kuwaiti friends. Sort of.
  6. Blogger Baroque posted at 3:25 PM  
    the metrosexual thing is happening here in kuwait!

    its disgusting, i tell u!

    sometimes u can't actually tell the difference between a gay guy and a straight guy!
  7. Blogger Erzulie posted at 11:23 PM  
    Kleio: Sense of freedom means oily roots :P Yup, and I know what you mean about the pack of Kuwaitis who never put their big toe in galleries, exquisite restaurants, and etc. There's a large pack of Kuwaiti guys here. I don't run into them often, mostly because I know exactly where they eat every day of the week. It's as if they took their life in Kuwait and placed it here: Jam3a, Kot, Playstation, shoot me quick.

    Krispy: It's coming :P I was a sweater-n-jeans gal last Xmas, and I wasn't the only one :P

    MsB: Thanks :) I like to fool around with Paint :) And yeah, I think some Kuwaitis are a bit hesitant to try new things when they're studying abroad. Being with other Kuwaitis has a certain sense of security and I think it's especially difficult for us (who cock our heads skeptically at individualism) to go beyond our realm and explore.

    Sedna: Sweet, yes. Humane, oh yeah :P

    Stinni: I've noticed a good number of young women in sweats. And no, I'm not talking about those teeny little sets that show every bulge but the loose, possibly grey pair of pants. And yeah, I think it's a bit hard to establish a solid relationship with American women while in the US because you're here for a short time and also because of the cultural differences. Personally, I'm "okay" with the Kuwaiti crowd here; although most of my buddies are from all over the world, I still keep in contact with the Kuwaiti bunch (movie, coffee, etc) so as to not be labeled as the "outsider/outcast." Hey, it happens! They gals are a sweet tiny bunch but I don't really spend my Friday nights watching downloaded sitcoms from Nuks.org or eat the leftovers of my 100,000th trip to Cheesecake.
  8. Blogger Erzulie posted at 11:49 PM  
    Baroque: Ever since my last visit back home, I've came to the conclusion that metrosexuality might have started in K-town. You have the straight, gay, straight gay, and gay straight guys. It's like a conspiracy brewed up to confuse us even more and drive us up the wall in confusion :P
  9. Blogger Temetwir posted at 3:26 AM  
    "shfeech, ana daaris eb amreeka.
    ana shayef eldenya.
    ana kaifi:
    a) albis ely abeeh
    b) asawi ely abeeh
    c) agool ely abeeh
    d) arid o agol el abeeh
    e) a7e6 listat y3ni chena sij ana wa7ed fahem o daris eb amreeka
    f) i expect deewan elkhidma elmadaniya, as well as the private sector, yethaweshon 3alay. laish? le'any daris eb amreeka o metkharij mn "jam3a 3alamiya"
    g) ana atgabal raayech o ena ely ga3id asawi mo 3ajbich.. le'any daris b amreeka
    h) ana gargee waaaayid.. le'any daris eb amreeka
    i) ana mn arid elq8, lain amoot .. bathal aradid o agol "ayam ma kent fi amreeka.." .. le'ana kaifi, ana
    j) agol ely abeeh
    k) asawi ely abeeh
    l) tara ana bas ga3id a7e6 el alphabet aby awassil laih el Z 3ashan abayenlich eny mothagaf o fahem .. le'any daris fi amreeka

    AbCdEFgHiJk ALAMANOPEE qRsTuVwXyZ nOw u kNow my AbC nExT tImE u Can SinG wiTh Me"
  10. Blogger Pieces of Me posted at 9:41 AM  
    SOOOOOOOO TRUE !!!!

    i think during my freshmen yr i used to dress up .. !! i don't give a damn anymore ! i haven't been to the hair dresser's in ages ! MALI KHILG. I'm happy in my sweats and hair up with a clip and glasses ! i don't bother to wear my contacts too. What a bliss !
    The usual comment i get from guys .. eshfeech mareetha? ta3bana?
    I;m like swearing at them in the back of my mind !! MUST I DRESS UP ? uff hehe
  11. Blogger Erzulie posted at 12:39 PM  
    Temi:
    a)Everyone has the freedom to wear whatever they want to wear after considering the cultural context they're in.
    b)Everyone can do whatever they want to do without going beyond and interrupting other's freedom and personal space, whether it be literal or figurative.
    c)You can say whatever you want to say if it's not intentionally offensive or destructive.
    d)Look at c.
    e)Being knowledgable doesn't have to do with where you studied.
    f)Whoever comes into the "work field" with that thought is either an arrogant daddy's boy or Bill Gates.
    g)Say what?
    h)Heh, actually nowadays, it's quite the opposite. People like to remain hush-hush about what's really going on :)
    i)"ayam ma kent ib BBS/AIS/ASK/AUK/KU/U of W/7athanat Om Mo6lag..." Same thing here and there...
    j)Look at c.
    k)Look at b.
    l):P~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


    Pieces: Hehe, yup :) Actually, I don't go to the salon at all now. Apart from being an expert at, well, sugaring, I cut my bangs at home and pamper myself with an at-home manicure set I bought from Sally Hansen. Come to think of it, I should open a salon! But yeah, I don't really give a flying ... about that fluff anymore. I mean, it's nice to dress up once in a while, but I don't think I can handle going the whole nine, Kuwaiti yards again with the daily assortment of eyeshadows, bronzers, etc.
  12. Blogger Erzulie posted at 12:39 PM  
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  13. Blogger The Krispy Dixie posted at 1:31 PM  
    temetwir> LOL!! That was funny!

    and so so horrendously true!! :D

    You should make that a post, man! :P
  14. Blogger The Krispy Dixie posted at 1:33 PM  
    temetwir> LOL!! That was funny!

    and so so horrendously true!! :D

    You should make that a post, man! :P
  15. Blogger 3baid posted at 7:30 PM  
    There's nothing wrong with the natural look. LOL! XD
  16. Blogger Erzulie posted at 9:23 PM  
    Krispy: Ah Temi, shal 6emasha eli feek! A7es ga3d efakir "Hmm...shaktib 3an hal poooost" :P~

    3baid: Well, there's nothing wrong with it but it has become so rare back home that you tend to look abnormal if you skip out of your house with your frizzy hair in a twist and your eyes mascara free. Honestly, it's really not easy being a girl in Kuwait, sort of like a constant "all eyes on you" kind of deal. It gets tiring :/
  17. Blogger 7tenths posted at 7:46 PM  
    Apparently genders are reversed once you cross borders! Interesting.. :P
  18. Blogger Erzulie posted at 12:49 AM  
    7tenths: Well, that relates to my previous post but I guess people get a little loosey-goosey here :P

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