It includes essays by Susan Minot and Anne Tucker and is published by Umbrage Editions.By some measures, girls appear to be faring rather well in twenty-first-century America.The popular culture abounds with inspirational images and anthems of girls “leaning in” and “running the world.” But according to two new, rather bleak books, these official signs of progress have given us an unduly rosy impression of the modern girl’s lot.
Hundreds of Lebanese professionals are posting nude pictures of themselves online in solidarity with Jackie Chamoun, the 22-year-old Lebanese Olympic skier, who was this week publicly scorned by the country's politicians for participating in a risqué photo-shoot.
The "I Am Not Naked" campaign, in which people are invited to strip off their clothes and be photographed, covering their private areas with a round sign saying #Strip For Jackie, was started on the spur of the moment by friends of Ms Chamoun.
"Help" has turned out to be highly controversial, not least because the lead actress, Joanna Andraos, the daughter of a Lebanese MP, appears fully naked. First they give us a licence, and then they take it back. Furthermore, the whole thing is being politicised and some people are cashing in on the dispute.
I am an actress before being the daughter of an MP.
Unfortunately, most Lebanese women more and more often expose themselves to plastic surgery for breast augmentation, lip make, liposuction.
Today, Lebanon can be called "Mecca of plastic surgery" in the Arab world.
"Help" is the first feature film by the young Lebanese director Marc Abi Rached.
Lebanese authorities initially gave it the green light on two conditions: that it be restricted to viewers 18 years old or older and that an image of female genitals be blurred. While the preview went ahead as planned on February 12, three days before nationwide release the authorisation was suddenly revoked.
"It took us a few hours to launch the idea and the Facebook page on Tuesday," said Mohamad Abdouni, a co-organiser of the campaign and the editor for a Lebanese arts magazine.