The Sisterhood of Generation I (Adult Children of Immigrants)

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I’ve never met Raquel Cepeda in person, but we come from the same family. That is, the family of adult children of immigrants with our feet in two or more lands, inextricably torn between the lands of our ancestors and those of our descendents. Cepeda’s latest project, Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina, is […]

15 Days Left To Stop North Carolina’s Gay Marriage Ban

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co-written with Tracy Hollister North Carolina has the dishonorable distinction of becoming the first state to put an anti-gay marriage amendment on a 2012 ballot. On May 8, voters in the state will weigh in on the North Carolina’s Amendment 1, which states that “marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union […]

Will Saudi Women Lose Their Virginity En Masse If They Start Driving?

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My first thought is “no,” followed by a swift “none of your business.” But that wasn’t the conclusion of a recent report prepared for Saudi Arabia’s legislative assembly by a well-known academic. He predicted that if Saudi women were given the right to drive, those who had never had sex would quickly start losing their […]

You Can Protest with the Women Liberating the Middle East

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On the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, a group of feminists from across the Middle East have joined together as Women United for the Future of the Middle East to call for regionwide demonstrations in support of women’s rights. They’ve drawn support from the likes of GlobalSister.org, Women’s Institute for Freedom of the Press […]

Muslim Dating Ads: What’s With the Racism?

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Among other content, Islamic Horizons, the bi-monthly publication of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), runs personal ads. There are two sections: “Seeking Husband” and “Seeking Wife.” The personal ad below appears in the latest edition under “Seeking Husband,” and it is one of only two ads (among ten) in which a woman is […]

Childless by CHOICE, Get It?

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I don’t want kids. Never have. I consider birth control the greatest invention of the 20th century and I’ve been taking it religiously for nearly a decade. No pregnancies to date, and in the rare event of one I’d be first in line at my local abortion clinic before that zygote even mildly resembled a […]

Better Muslim Than Gay

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Lately I’ve been hearing a lot about how much my people are under attack in America today. The thing is, though, as an American Muslim, I don’t really feel under attack. Annoyed? Sure. But attacked? No. Despite all the controversy surrounding the construction of the Park51 Center in downtown Manhattan, for example, the fact remains […]

State Department Dining, Muslimah Style

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I recently accepted an invitation to attend a dinner at the State Department hosted by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in honor of the holy month of Ramadan. The dinner itself, which takes place on Tuesday, September 7, is a formal iftar—the meal eaten every evening after sunset when Muslims break the fast during the […]

Meet One Kick-Ass Saudi Woman

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Still, even as I pity these moronic “morality” cops, I can’t help but want to beat the crap out of them too.

Boobquake and Brainquake: Why Not Both?

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Even if we find ourselves disagreeing on the means of protest, I think we can still agree that both Brainquake and Boobquake share a common goal: to further shake the already-shaken credibility of the leaders of the so-called Islamic Republic of Iran. So, why not work together?