Feminism | Posted by Faatimah Solomon on 01/9/2017

What A Hijabi Beauty Contestant Means To Hijabi Teens

Halima Aden

Halima Aden

Ever since reading the work of authors such as bell hooks, Simone de Beauvoir, and Naomi Wolf, I have dismissed the concept of physical beauty as a trivial social construct. The mainstream narrative of beauty glorifies Eurocentric beauty ideals and promotes unrealistic body types, which in turn plays into deeper, systemic issues of racism and sexism. What I failed to realize by making this assumption, however, is that despite the reality of their roots, physical beauty and outward appearances still effectively play a significant role in how many aspects of societies function — and it is therefore very impractical to dismiss them as petty and irrelevant.

Perhaps I was so willing to ignore these social constructs, though, because I was personally clueless as to where exactly I …

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Feminism | Posted by Chloe H on 09/6/2016

The Burkini Ban And The Long Legacy Of Controlling Women’s Bodies

The burkini

Imagine you are at the beach, sitting on the sand, and enjoying the sounds of waves crashing.  Suddenly you are confronted by armed police officers.  The police officers stand over you and demand that you remove some of your clothing.  Although this may seem like an absurd and insulting request from a police officer, women have been forced to do just that — women have been asked to remove their beach attire along the French coast.  But only a specific form of swimwear has been monitored by police: the “burkini,” a swimsuit that covers a woman’s entire body except for her face, hands, and feet.

The burkini — the name of which is a mix of the word “bikini” and “burqa, a type of …

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Feminism | Posted by Rabha Ashry on 06/20/2012

Arrested For Having A Boyfriend

I almost got arrested today. I don’t want to write about it. I don’t want to think about it but I feel like I have to put it down somewhere.

I almost got arrested today.

This is what happened. I was upset so my boyfriend took me to my favorite place when I’m in this kind of mood. A somewhat shady end of the city place that’s usually nice and private. We were in the backseat of the car. We weren’t doing anything. He was sitting and I was lying on my side with my head in his lap and he had his arm resting on my waist. He was worried that I was cold so he took off his shirt in one of his moments of chivalry and covered …

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