After the Celebration

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Ms. Blog will be publishing a series of posts detailing the impact of domestic violence, including personal essays and more, throughout the month. It’s midnight now, maybe later. There is no backlit clock on the nightstand to tell me the exact time. Half-asleep, I lie on the firm double bed […]

4 Ways Islam Honors Women, According to Carla Power

There has been much debate about whether Islam needs to be reformed, or if Islam needs a sexual revolution. Middle East correspondent and non-believer Carla Power teamed up with moderate Muslim leader Shaykh Mohammad Akram Nadwi to go back to the very beginning, to the Quran. For 365 days, they read the words directly on the page. After September 11, […]

It Felt Like a Breastfeeding Cult

I was as prepared as a new mother could be to begin breastfeeding upon the birth of my son. While pregnant, I took the hospital’s “Breastfeeding Basics” course, secured my breast pump from the insurance company and obtained the access code for an online support group. The delivery room was supposed to be the place […]

This Girl Genius Will Blow Your Mind, Make You Wish She Was Your BFF

What did you do when you were 13 years old? If you’re like me, you raced bikes with the neighborhood kids, tore your way through the entire Baby-Sitters Club canon (even the Super Specials) and choreographed elaborate dance routines with your BFFs to the pulsing, booty-wiggling beats of C+ C Music Factory. But if you’re […]

Cultural Appropriation Suits Up for Halloween

Tis’ the month that culminates with witches, mystical creatures, fictional characters, and, well, a little bit of cultural appropriation. Turn on your television, and you’ll hear Michael Jackson’s Thriller courtesy of Party City. Head to YouTube and the beauty community competes to upload the most popular Halloween looks. Run over to your local Walgreens and […]

Mass Killings in the U.S.: Masculinity, Masculinity, Masculinity

This article was first published by The Huffington Post Schools in Philadelphia are currently on high alert because of a threat of violence made against “a university near Philadelphia.” The threat was posted on 4chan, an anonymous message board, on Friday, the day after a murder-suicide that left 10 people dead in yet another campus shooting. […]

Just Two Black Eyes

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Ms. Blog will be publishing a series of posts detailing the impact of domestic violence, including personal essays and more, throughout the month.  The following is excerpted from Lion Tamer, a memoir in progress. I stand by my little studio stove and dial the phone. “Jill. I have a question.” I […]

Beyond the Headscarf: Let’s Discuss Social Justice Issues Muslim Women Actually Care About

Reprinted with permission from Bitch Three months ago, I found myself in the middle of an FBI interrogation. Josh*, a white gay male Republican Christian friend of mine who loves Ann Coulter, had never met a single Muslim person until he met me. So, in the summer of 2013, after over a year of communicating […]

The Level of My Self-Esteem

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Ms. Blog will be publishing a series of posts detailing the impact of domestic violence, including personal essays and more, throughout the month. Sitting here, cradling my baby in my arms, it is hard to imagine the life I once lived. The violence is etched in my brain, a tremor […]

Amber Rose Shares Her First Memory of Slut-Shaming, and it’s Brutal

Model, author, businesswoman, feminist. However you know her, Amber Rose seems to be everywhere right now. From her forthcoming book, How to Be a Bad Bitch, to her FunnyOrDie video taking down double standards about casual sex, to her SlutWalk on Saturday in Los Angeles, Rose is unabashed in her feminist activism. On Friday, she hosted an […]