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GenderHuman Rights

The Burkini-Bikini False Equivalence and Your Disproportionate Outrage

What if I told you that you can condemn bans on the hijab while still acknowledging the very real and urgent mechanisms of coercion underlying it? FANCY THAT. In this piece I present a two-part thesis: I, a woman who was coerced into hijab from prepubescent childhood, for 15 years, wholly …

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Honor Violence, Qandeel Baloch, and the Straw that Broke my Heart

  Rest in Power, Qandeel Baloch, murdered by your own brother in the name of honor. How much is enough before it’s taken seriously, the idea that modesty/purity culture is dangerous and deadly to women? How much honor violence will yet be explained away and ignored and overlooked? How much …

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I refuse to say Ramadan Mubarak this year — here’s why.

I wont say Ramadan Mubarak to those who practice this year. I have said it in the past, in the years after I came out with my apostasy, wishing nothing but goodwill to my friends and loved ones who choose to practice. Whatever floats your boat as long as you …

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In defense of the term ‘Regressive Left’

Having been recently and increasingly galled by claims like ‘There is no such thing as the regressive left’, I am compelled to offer a brief  if impassioned defense… Me: *writes detailed critical piece examining how damaging “regressive left” tendencies can arise from progressive thought.* Internet commenters: There’s no such thing as …

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GenderHuman Rights

On “I can’t condemn FGM because of my colonialist past”–A critical discussion of what drives the Regressive Left, and how progressive allies can help

Edit: Check out my follow-up piece, ‘In Defense of the Term Regressive Left‘, inspired by dismissive reactions to this one. My dear liberal, feminist, anti-racist and otherwise progressive allies— I want to talk about what we’ve been calling the ‘regressive left’, and invite you to a more critical humanistic attitude. …

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On ‘There is no compulsion in religion’

There is a huge misconception that I am progressively angrier about, largely because of the way it is wielded. It concerns 2:256, the famous Qur’anic verse that states ‘There is no compulsion in religion’, which is often quoted in part* and taken as evidence that Islam is tolerant of non-Muslims. The …

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I don’t oppose the hijab because I was forced; I oppose the hijab because it sucks

That’s right. This is a post about a common misapprehension when discussing the hijab, one that has arisen a thousand and one times (or so it seems at the end of this long, long week, since I launched the Ex-Hijabi Fashion Photo Journal). The misapprehension is this: Reasons the hijab …

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Gender

The World Behind the Veil: What Listening to Women Taught This Man

  This is a guest piece by Mazen Abdallah, an ex-Muslim, comedian, and teacher. He is an American of Syrian-Lebanese origin who lives in Lebanon, and would like to talk about how reading the Ex-Hijabi Photo Journal–which you should go check out if you haven’t already–has influenced his perception of …

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Gender

My interview with VICE about the Ex-Hijabi Fashion Photo Journal

My interview with VICE about the Ex-Hijabi Fashion Photo Journal I’ll take a moment to note that this interview is the first time I publicly use my real name in conjunction with my ex-Muslim work! Here’s an excerpt:   But my body is not an object of discord to be …

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WTF *happened* to the Arab World?

Full disclosure: I’m a bit more than sufficiently intoxicated right about now, and it’s roundabout 5am, when perhaps I ought to defer to better judgment and keep from posting these things. But WTH, perhaps this blog deserves *one* impassioned drunken post. So yes, I’m drunk, and my normally amusical self …

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