Lebanese Men Actively Protest Minister's Call on Women to 'Get Back to Cooking' During Lockdown

Published November 17th, 2020 - 07:16 GMT
Lebanese Men Actively Protest Minister's Call on Women to 'Get Back to Cooking' During Lockdown
Minister's statement was immediately met by objections from social media users, both women and men. (Twitter)

A statement made by the Lebanese Interior Minister during a TV interview has sparked a lot of social debates over what was described as "misogynistic speech," after the minister announced lockdown measures in the country where restaurants will be closed and delivery services will be discontinued for two weeks. Among reactions, several men decided to express their stance in a humorous, yet active way.

Answering the LBCI questions over what people should do during the two-week lockdown where no restaurant services are allowed, the minister Mohammad Fahmi answered "jokingly": "Let women cook."

His statement was immediately met by objections from social media users, both women and men, saying that it's "disrespectful to women and deliberately aims to promote traditional gender roles."

However, a number of men decided to show a more active response to the minister's statement and posted photos of themselves while cooking and cleaning the kitchen, using the hashtag #تحدي_فهمي: "the Fahmi challenge."

Browsing through posts using the hashtag, men expressed their rejection of the minister's statement, saying that "nothing is unusual" about men of their generation taking part in house chores, which goes against the traditional gender roles still promoted by older generations.

Translation: "Please don't tell minister Mohammad Fahmi that I'm in the kitchen to cook. He might issue a ticket for me as my acts violate lockdown measures."

Translation: "Make sure Fahmi doesn't see this photo or else he might collapse by the sink."

Due to the sharp spike in confirmed COVID19 cases in the country over the last few weeks, in addition to the fragile condition in Lebanese hospitals which was aggravated last August after the blast hit several neighborhoods in the capital city, the Lebanese government has announced a two-week lockdown starting last Saturday.


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