So What Is It Really Like to Have Anxiety?

So What Is It Really Like to Have Anxiety?

Mental health is a topic that has always been debatable. In Egypt, especially, there is a wide variety of taboos and mythical misconceptions that exist surrounding mental health.   From theories of demonic possession, to the notion that mental health issues are a sign of some weakened belief in God, to the notion that mental […]

Youssef Nabil: The Artist Breaking Orientalist Stereotypes and Arabic Taboos

Youssef Nabil: The Artist Breaking Orientalist Stereotypes and Arabic Taboos

When art is done containing footage or reference to the Middle East, there is a typical arsenal of imagery that pops up. From camels standing in the middle of the dessert to exotic belly dancers, to heavily gender- segregated spaces, the Middle East is more often than not portrayed as a region stuck in its […]

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 […]

#ScoopHero2015: Two Young Men Break the Sexual Education Taboo in Egypt

#ScoopHero2015: Two Young Men Break the Sexual Education Taboo in Egypt

Tim Greenwald

I have been working for a UN organization called UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) for the past 2 years. The primary objectives of UNFPA are achieving universal access to sexual and reproductive health, promoting reproductive rights and improving the lives of women and children. While working with UNFPA in Morocco and here in Cairo, I […]

9 Things We “Don’t Have” in the Middle East

9 Things We “Don’t Have” in the Middle East

Middle Eastern culture is famous for a lot of things… falafels, heatwaves, camels and… denial. In the past three years I’ve been back home in good old Cairo, I’ve realized just how unaccepting some Egyptians are about the reality of our culture. Here are some of the things that just “don’t happen” here in the […]

8 Books to Read if You’re in a Taboo Relationship… Or Want to Be

8 Books to Read if You’re in a Taboo Relationship… Or Want to Be

Since the beginning of time, humans have suffered from one fatal flaw: their attraction to forbidden fruit. Whether it is actually an apple or simply your best friend’s lover, the alluring temptation of the forbidden ignites something raw in people’s minds and hearts. Human nature has proven time after time that it is all about […]

The Unspoken Truth of Arab Women Getting Abortions

The Unspoken Truth of Arab Women Getting Abortions

Nadia and Mariam are two average Arab girls one is Muslim and the other is Christian (which is which is irrelevant). Both women are young students, also working in the professional world and very much in love with their culture. But what sets these two apart from the rest is that they both made a […]