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“No exit seats for women!”

By Rewa Zeinati
From  her non-fiction book Nietzsche’s Camel Must Die,  An Invitation to Say ‘No’


Note # 38

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 11:27 a.m.

“No exit seats for women,” the check-in lady firmly states. “Only for men.”

Only for men?

“Really? Why?” I ask, stupidly.

“Those are the new rules.”

“Yes, but why??” I insist, not caring anymore about the seat, but rather about the logic behind the new rule.

“I don’t know. That’s what they informed me,” she says, a defensive tone growing inside her voice.

“No, no, just pregnant women. Not all women!” yells her colleague from the next counter.

“Oh. Okay, only pregnant women,” the first one mumbles dully, no longer looking at me.

I’m amazed at how some of us women can be so passive about the roles and permissions provided for us to the extent that something so absurd as women not being allowed to sit in the exit seat doesn’t at least trigger within us the curious three-lettered, single-worded, and apparently very annoying question: “Why?”


Nietzsche’s Camel Must Die can be found at Book World in Dubai Mall. Book Much on Wasl road, Dubai. In Beirut it’s available at Librarie Antoine as well as Virgin Megastore and AntoineOnline.



Photo credit: e-magic via Foter.com / CC BY-ND

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