Thoughts & Insights

Hilarious ramblings and poignant confessions by our columnists about the worlds of politics, fashion, motherhood, lifestyle, consumerism and everything in between.

Things I Learned to Watch out for When Dating My Best Friend

Things I Learned to Watch out for When Dating My Best Friend

Now that a number of people know that we got together after he bravely suffered 8 years in the friendzone, I think it is appropriate to do this as a follow-up piece.     I always read a lot about how it is so important for you and your significant other to be best friends. […]

Throwback to a Time Before Egypt Was Veiled

Throwback to a Time Before Egypt Was Veiled

Straight off the bat, this is not an opinion piece on the concept of the hijab or the niqab. I am not a religious spokesperson to have such an opinion nor do I condone any doctrine that dictates how women ought to dress.   This is more of retrospective piece, if you will, documenting an […]

Why Student Activities Are Not a Waste of Time

Why Student Activities Are Not a Waste of Time

  University days are arguably the best days of anyone’s life. Deadlines, midterms, presentations and finals can make you think otherwise, but you’ll believe me once you’re a graduate; having to actually be an an adult with responsibilities that you can’t just ignore by letting someone make sure they sign the attendance sheet.     […]

What I Learned from Being Bullied

What I Learned from Being Bullied

Yes, I know, hard to believe that this social butterfly that is myself was for a large portion of her adolescent life on the receiving end of bullying. All jokes and sarcasm aside, however, I have chosen to write about this for two reasons.   Firstly, I do not think there is enough literature coming […]

I Suffer from Depression and I’m Not Ashamed of It Anymore

I Suffer from Depression and I’m Not Ashamed of It Anymore

by Jaida Khaled

So, I was having a really, really normal day. Well, as normal as my days can be. I was on the couch, obviously with my phone in hand and scrolling down my feed when I bumped into this post. The post was made by an old schoolmate of mine called Dahlia El Sayegh. She posted […]

Muslim Teen Flawlessly Shuts down Islamophobic Nonsense by Texting Her Dad

Muslim Teen Flawlessly Shuts down Islamophobic Nonsense by Texting Her Dad

A few days ago a 17 year-old Muslim girl by the name of Lamyaa- residing in Pennsylvania tweeted a screenshot of an iMessage conversation she had with her father.     The conversation she tweeted was one that involved Lamyaa asking her father a direct question regarding his reaction and/or opinion should she decide to […]

Why Egyptians Need to Change How They View Abortion?

Why Egyptians Need to Change How They View Abortion?

When I was 16-years-old, I thought abortion should be made legal because I truly believed in the slogans of the pro-choice movement. The determining factor for me was some sort of slogan that I often heard from pro-choice activists: “My body, my choice!”     I am 6-years-0lder now, and I realize that if one […]

3 Things I Learned Not to Stand for in Any Relationship

3 Things I Learned Not to Stand for in Any Relationship

It has taken me time to accept the mere fact that the three things contained in this article have happened to me; to people around me, and will probably continue to happen.   Additionally, it has really taken me a while to be able to articulate them, without feeling that doing so would some how […]

What Arab Parents Can Learn from ’13 Reasons Why’

What Arab Parents Can Learn from ’13 Reasons Why’

by Marwa Saadawi — Licensed Child Therapist

  As our society in the Arab world slowly and quietly begins to whisper about mental health illness, the latest Netflix show, 13 Reasons Why, is a viscerally real, enlightening and at times uncomfortable perspective of what adolescents are struggling with today.     The show touches on a number of taboo issues that teenagers […]

Esraa El-Bably: Meet the Most Inspirational Dentist in Egypt

Esraa El-Bably: Meet the Most Inspirational Dentist in Egypt

  There are several reasons why one could argue that Esraa El-Bably is the most inspirational dentist in Egypt. The main reason isn’t because she’s the only deaf dentist in Egypt; but merely about the obstacles and challenges that she had to go through in order to fulfill her dream.     El-Bably graduated from the […]

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