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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 […]

Why Egypt Needs to Stop Fighting Terrorists, and Start Fighting Terrorism

Why Egypt Needs to Stop Fighting Terrorists, and Start Fighting Terrorism

  A few days have passed since the horrific church bombings that took place in Egypt’s Tanta governorate and Alexandria governorate. Accordingly, it is now time for a sober reflection on the question of fighting terrorists. This question is one that Egypt has been asked and forced to answer.   Firstly, there seems to be […]

Things Our Society Must Stop Telling Victims of Harassment

Things Our Society Must Stop Telling Victims of Harassment

  One of the most Egyptian things a person could do is to give unsolicited advice (mostly in a derogatory way) to shame the person for saying something or stand up for themselves. It could be from loved ones to complete strangers who think they’re collecting bonus points by giving you their two-cents. Women, especially, […]

Egyptian Judge Shows Sympathy Towards ‘Pampers Child Rapist’ and It’s NOT Okay

Egyptian Judge Shows Sympathy Towards ‘Pampers Child Rapist’ and It’s NOT Okay

  It’s safe and very sad to say that most of us are aware of the “Pampers Child Rapist” incident by now. For those of you who don’t, a 34-year-old man raped a 20-months-old baby that was in her diapers at the time of the rape. The incident became a public opinion case, and has […]

Wrap My Hijab Music Video Reveals Sickening ‘Hijabiphobia’

by Rana Elhawary

Last week, Mona Haydar — a veiled, Muslim, pregnant, Syrian-American — released a music video commemorating the very first official International Muslim Woman’s Day. Haydar released the video hoping it would combat certain stereotypes regarding veiled women being passive, oppressed, and voiceless.   This is one of those situations when the intention of the artist […]

I Friendzoned a Guy for 8 Years and This Is What Happened

I Friendzoned a Guy for 8 Years and This Is What Happened

by Rana El Hawary

Well, yes, you read that right, eight years. This is an unusual story from the perspective of the person who friendzones.     It’s unfair really, when you think of all the memes, tweets, status updates, and jokes about the person who gets friendzoned, but not a single social media post from the perspective of […]

4 Things I’ve Been Dying to Say About Being a Female Writer in the Middle East

4 Things I’ve Been Dying to Say About Being a Female Writer in the Middle East

by Rana El Hawary

Sexism exists in about anything and everything we do. No one who inhabits the current Middle Eastern society is exempt from it. Some of the toughest lessons I had to learn about sexism came through writing. I found that my capacity to articulate my opinion turned against me. So here they are, the sum total […]

How Us Arabs Use Philosophy in Our Everyday Lives Without Even Knowing

How Us Arabs Use Philosophy in Our Everyday Lives Without Even Knowing

  Most people assume that philosophy is quite a boring topic, and yes, I get why they would think that. But as a philosophy enthusiast, I can tell you that it really isn’t as boring as some might think. In fact, I’d like to prove that we use philosophy in our everyday lives, but we […]

4 Reasons Every Egyptian Needs to Lose the Winter Weight Now

4 Reasons Every Egyptian Needs to Lose the Winter Weight Now

We know, we know. All of us unfortunate souls blessed with a slow metabolism are dreading the fact that summer is near. Summer means hitting the beach, a beach means swimwear, swimwear means thighs and cellulite.   We’ve all had a blast this summer, munching the cold away, deeply hiding in the comfort of our […]