Category: FEMINISM

Linda Sarsour’s Muslim Identity Politics Epitomize Feminism’s Hypocrisy

| May 10, 2017 | 0 Comments
Linda Sarsour’s Muslim Identity Politics Epitomize Feminism’s Hypocrisy

Originally published in The Federalist A Frankenstein’s monster of identity politics, the Women’s March on Washington heaved through the streets of DC one day after the inauguration in a fit of depraved hypocrisy. That hypocrisy shadows activist and National Co-Chair of the Women’s March Linda Sarsour. In the past Sarsour has railed against women spotlighting misogyny in the Muslim world. […]

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FGM Silences a Woman’s Most Primal Voice

| May 10, 2017 | 0 Comments
FGM Silences a Woman’s Most Primal Voice

Originally published in the NYT Women in the World Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is the horrific act of cutting off a young girl’s clitoris. Often seen as a humanitarian and women’s rights crisis in third-world countries, FGM hit home in the United States recently when an American-born Muslim doctor was arrested and charged with committing FGM on two girls. […]

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Is Malala’s Response to Modesty on the Beach a Form of Slut-Shaming?

| August 31, 2016 | 2 Comments
Is Malala’s Response to Modesty on the Beach a Form of Slut-Shaming?

“No disrespect to Malala, but this kind of dichotomy thinking where it’s all or nothing positions people against each other. A woman can wear whatever she wants but by saying she’s wearing “nothing” when she’s just wearing less, is another form of slut-shaming. Malala isn’t intentionally slut-shaming, but the language she uses still carries that […]

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A Muslim Woman on Dating, Relationships, and Marriage

| August 15, 2016 | 2 Comments
A Muslim Woman on Dating, Relationships, and Marriage

Dating While Muslim The Muslim problem with dating — if we can call it that — is almost always one of culture than religion. Having tried the ‘marriage experiment’ once, I know that religion doesn’t play a role in the day-to-day, but culture definitely does. The same problem exists when dating while Muslim. It’s not about whether the guy […]

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Defending Ghazala Khan: “You did exactly what every Islamist does.”

| August 1, 2016 | 1 Comment
Defending Ghazala Khan: “You did exactly what every Islamist does.”

Telling Trump “You did exactly what every Islamist does,” Muslim Reformer and Trump Supporter Shireen Qudosi challenges Trump’s attack on grieving mother Ghazala Khan whose presence was undeniably powerful at the Democratic National Convention, alongside her husband Khizr Khan. While the back and forth exchange has been between Khizr Khan and GOP presidential nominee Donald […]

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She Rises: When Wild Women Find Each Other and Form a Pack

| July 29, 2016 | 0 Comments
She Rises: When Wild Women Find Each Other and Form a Pack

Home has never been where I live. Home has been people, ideas and communities. I’ve found pieces of home here and there – a dive boxing gym run by a Vietnam War veteran, the eternal blue sky of Mongolian ancestors, and The Mago Circle. SHE RISES is a project I’ve collaborated on this year that talks […]

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Cash Cow: A Forced Marriage Graphic Novel

| July 20, 2016 | 0 Comments
Cash Cow: A Forced Marriage Graphic Novel

When she wouldn’t agree to the marriage, 12-year-old grace was abducted on a motorcycle by her suitor. Her kidnapper (and soon husband-to-be) plotted the abduction with Grace’s father. It’s a story of “over there” but it happens here too. Southern California, 1995: a bright, mischievous and spirited 16-year-old Fatima went to school with us. She […]

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Film Review: Gulaab Gang

| May 19, 2016 | 0 Comments
Film Review: Gulaab Gang

VICE calls them India’s Flux of Pink Ladies, a 400,000 strong army of women warriors clad in pink sarees and wielding staffs. They’re a new class of vigilante women in a country that has abandoned feminine sanctity, even though some Hindu gods are indestructibly powerful women. That sanctity was reclaimed in Gulaab Gang, an Indian […]

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A Syrian Refugee Wedding

| June 18, 2013 | 0 Comments
A Syrian Refugee Wedding

By Lauren Wolfe Source: The Nation Inside a furniture-free caravan in the Jordanian desert, sixteen women and girls and a plump boy wedge themselves in a circle around a 15-year-old girl and a woman doing her hair. The hairdresser combs through one-inch sections, spraying on a fixative before twisting them into elaborate shapes. The girl, […]

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‘Take Your Portion’: A Victim Speaks Out About Rape in Syria

| June 18, 2013 | 0 Comments
‘Take Your Portion’: A Victim Speaks Out About Rape in Syria

by Lauren Wolfe Source: The Atlantic Alma Abdulrahman is lying gaunt and unable to move anything below her diaphragm in a hospital bed in Amman. Some bedsores have become so deep she’s having surgery tomorrow. Screws hold together her upper vertebrae, and cigarette burns pock her right shoulder. Her voice fades in and out, hoarse […]

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Breaking the Boundaries of Fear and Silence: the Struggle for Women’s Rights in Muslim Majority Societies

| June 14, 2013 | 0 Comments
Breaking the Boundaries of Fear and Silence: the Struggle for Women’s Rights in Muslim Majority Societies

By Raheel Raza Source: Women’s Voices Now   When we say we are working together in the “struggle for women’s rights in Muslim majority countries,” we presume that women DO have rights in these countries, and that we are talking about a level playing field. I would say that as girls were buried alive before […]

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Afghan Woman Defies Gender Roles as First Village Chief

| May 29, 2012 | 0 Comments
Afghan Woman Defies Gender Roles as First Village Chief

In a male-dominated society that has for years been controlled by the ultra-conservative Taliban, the emergence of the first female village chief took everyone by surprise. After being ridiculed by male villagers for wanting to occupy political office, Zarifa Qazizadah, the mother of 15 children, managed to become the mayor of Naw Abad, a village […]

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Sharia: Is There Rape Within Marriage?

| November 19, 2010 | 0 Comments

When the subject of marriage and “wifely duties” came up around the kitchen table clustered by tea-drinking chit-chatting aunties of a generation ago, there were a number of asserted opinions that certainly shocked these American ears. One of the things that really surprised me was the general consensus that a wife has to (for lack […]

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Hijab and Children: Australia’s Bullied Six Year Old Shows How Children Are Subject to Religious Indoctrination

| October 26, 2010 | 0 Comments
Hijab and Children: Australia’s Bullied Six Year Old Shows How Children Are Subject to Religious Indoctrination

  Last week in Australia, a six year old girl was temporarily suspended from her school bus service after reacting angrily against a little boy who was bullying her about her headscarf. Aside from the bullying issue and whether the punishment was fair, the issue I’d like to raise is whether it’s appropriate for a […]

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