Category Archive: Feminisms & Thoughts

Arab Feminist Manifesto

Many people challenge the idea that Arab feminism exists. As though we, Arab females, have no concern or enlightenment about misogyny. No concern over our bodies. Our safety. Our minds. It’s true, our… Continue reading

Common Forms of Headdress in the Middle East

“You went to Dubai? Didn’t you feel oppressed in a burqa?” “Why do Arabs wear burqas in the dessert? Don’t they get hot?” “What am I going to wear when I go to Jordan? I… Continue reading

“I had just $100 in my pocket.”

Exotic

don’t wanna be your exotic some delicate fragile colorful bird imprisoned caged in a land foreign to the stretch of her wings don’t wanna be your exotic women everywhere are just like me… Continue reading

Patriarchy and Democracy in the Arab World

Continuing to explore more narrow and traditional explanations of why democratization has not penetrated the Middle East, for instance, due to the weakness and division of society, or the evidence that “richer countries… Continue reading

Introduction to the Modern Day Arab Feminist

A couple of weeks ago, I was meeting with a mentor at my university where I was discussing my website that focuses solely on the modern day Arab Feminist. “Let me ask you… Continue reading

Let them think well of the Arab Woman

We don’t know in which cave she got used to being whipped, but we hear her tearful, moaning submission. We threw her ropes on which she spat. She melted her chains. She reunited… Continue reading

Meet… Suad Amiry

Last years TEDx Conference, where Palestinian activist and architect Suad Amiry spoke, was forwarded to me by my mother a last week with the note, “Please, please, please, take few a minutes and… Continue reading

Veils, Harems and Belly Dancers

Stereotypes of Arab women in U.S. popular culture and common conversation are the most pervasive and striking – a backdrop to almost any political, religious or social discourse. Today, I took a taxi… Continue reading

Beginnings of Arab Feminism

The invisibility of Arab feminism to the Western world is not indicative of its existence as the thriving, yet complex, form in which it manifests. In 1909, Malak Hifni Nasif published a collection of works in… Continue reading