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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

This Saudi Marriage Academy Can Get Men Married to 3 Wives in a Month

This Saudi Marriage Academy Can Get Men Married to 3 Wives in a Month

  Just when you think you’ve seen it all, Hoazn Mirzan comes out and surprises us all with the…let’s just say bizarre concept we’ve ever heard before.   Mirzan, a Saudi lecturer in the King Abdulaziz University, was on Rotana Khalijia’s program Etegahad (Directions) and came up with the idea to open a Marriage Academy to […]

Egyptian Internet Enraged by Sexist Etisalat Campaign

Egyptian Internet Enraged by Sexist Etisalat Campaign

  Etisalat Misr’s latest campaign “El far2 ma been el awlad w el banat” has been making waves on social media… and not the good kind.     The campaign started with a few pictures that showed how boys and girls react to different situations, such as boys supposedly taking no time to get ready, while girls […]

What I Wish I Knew Before Being Born an Arab Girl

What I Wish I Knew Before Being Born an Arab Girl

By Merna Abdelaziz Sakr

I am an Arab girl that has recently realized the privileges of being just that, an Arab. I have recently acknowledged that my fresh love for my heritage was perpetuated through this realization: If I was made ready for what my life would’ve inevitably become because of my gender and heritage, I would have managed […]

Is It Shameful to Be a Stay-at-Home Dad in the Arab World?

Is It Shameful to Be a Stay-at-Home Dad in the Arab World?

By Yostina Yacoub

Upon coming up with the idea for this article, I decided I should expand my knowledge by doing some research. The first few headlines I read were along these lines: “Should you let your husband be a stay-at-home dad?”, “Is it okay for men to be stay at home dads?”, “Real lives: I’m happy to […]

Mainstream Sexist Lingo We Need To Stop Using

Mainstream Sexist Lingo We Need To Stop Using

The importance of language cannot be stressed hard enough. Our language affects how we perceive and understand things, as well as how we express ourselves. Our use of certain words can be a direct way of showing everyone within hearing distance who we truly are and what we honestly believe in. In our everyday lingo, […]

Viral Visual: Pantene Ad Highlights Double Standards of Women in the Workplace

Pantene Philippines has released a powerful video highlighting the discriminatory double standards that working women face on the daily. The same workplace behaviors in women are perceived differently than in men, perpetuating inequitable gender stereotypes. A father who works late is praised for being “dedicated” while a mother who works late is accused of being […]

The Exorcism

Exorcism is the religious practice of evicting a person or place that has been possessed by demons. It is believed to be the last resort religious men seek after everything else has failed to work. I, on the other hand believe in the possession of ideologies over one’s mind. One idea can completely clutch your […]