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Varieties of uniforms worn by housekeepers in Lebanon?

Posted on: March 20, 2015

 

 

Varieties of uniforms worn by housekeepers in Lebanon

Lebanese families, Arabs and their housekeepers, it can be something right out of a horror flick.

Our very own modern take on slavery.

On Tuesday, the Labor Ministry announced it was investigating a maid agency after the company sent out a text message advertising a Mother’s Day “special” on Ethiopian and Nigerian nationalities.

Beirut.com posted this March 19, 2015

Minister Sejaan Azzi is quoted as calling the SMS “an insult to human rights and dignity” and pledged to shut down the business if the text turned out to be real.

One of the most disgusting aspects of the housekeeper-employer relationship in the Arab world, and in Lebanon in particular, is the high levels of control the employers exert on these women – to the point of playing dress-up with their bodies.

The employers feel as though housekeepers are not just their property, but believe what their domestic workers wear somehow reflects their economic status as a whole.

Here are the different ways Lebanese people dress their housekeepers, from least to most degrading:

5. Human Clothing

(Image via telegraph.co.uk)

It is rare that a Lebanese woman would allow her housekeeper to dress in human-style jeans and T-shirts.

If Kumari looks like a human, onlookers might embarrassingly mistake her for one of Ghada’s daughters … or worse – a friend.

4. The Apron

(Image via gingerbeirut.com)

This is where an apron is layered over human clothing, to ensure that nobody will confuse the housekeeper for a normal person; you need to keep her in her place.

Marking her with a scarlet letter in the form of an apron is the perfect way to do that! For all of you simple-minded apron defenders who are bound to say, “Aprons are useful!” You’re wrong. You’re wrong and stupid, actually – because the only functionality an apron has it to keep your clothes from getting dirtied by food while you cook, which begs the questions:

why are you asking your housekeeper to wear an apron while she serves you coffee, cleans your room, wipes your asshole child’s asshole, etc?

3. Rags and Scraps

(Image via Al-Akhbar English)

This get-up is only slightly less dignified than the apron, because the apron is layered over human clothing.

In this version of dress-up, the employer (usually a gross woman that has a penchant for slavery,) takes her children’s ratty old clothing and gifts it to her housekeeper as one final stop before the garbage can.

Whether the employer’s children are aged 1-7 or 5-10, it doesn’t matter – because what woman wouldn’t want to wear short bellbottoms bedazzled with words like “cute” and “diva” across their thigh?!

2. Semi-Uniform

(Image via CNN)

This dress code is for the “Masters” and “Madames” of the world that convince themselves that they’re being generous, good-hearted human rights activists by allowing half-human clothing to be worn.

The other half of the outfit is taken from a poster displayed outside of a maid’s office named Golden Maids – yes, this is a real place.

1. Full Uniform + Hat

(Image via farfahinne.blogspot)

This is based on a very real thing I saw in Beirut Souks last year.

There was a family with a bratty child who was being tended to by a young girl who was dressed in a pink housekeeping uniform.

The best part was that they also had her wear a tiny French maid’s hat. I’m pretty sure that the hat came from the employer’s lingerie drawer. Who actually buys those things in real life?

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