The Original Anticlerical Feminist Revolutionary: The Witch

This Sunday, my band Azar Swan will be playing Slutist’s Legacy of the Witch festival. Various logistics have made it impossible for me to join the live lineup, but I’m excited the band is participating, and I wanted to say a few things about the witches’ legacy since I can’t attend. By now it’s old […]

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Apostasy Or Being Human: Views From An Ex-Muslim Pakistani-American Feminist

I know I might get shunned by theocrats and conservatives for writing this, but I honestly do not care. The streets of Paris will never feel the same to me after the unfortunate murders at Charlie Hebdo’s headquarters. A grim shadow has been cast over the Eiffel Tower and continues to spread like an infectious […]

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Cutting Out Emotional Cancer With Kanye

There was this trend that was maybe borne out of reality TV that permeated pop culture. It was the notion of “I’m the best” and “I didn’t come here to make friends, I came here to win.” By the mid-aughts you had these songs — stuff like, “Don’t Cha” “Fergalicious” and “Milkshake” come to mind — that […]

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What Does Reclaiming the Word “Slut” Really Mean?

February has been the month of anti-“slut” reclamation proclamations. The release of Leora Tanenbaum‘s new book, I Am Not a Slut: Slut-Shaming in the Age of the Internet seems to be the occasion for this round of discussion, which was continued in Anna North’s op-ed in The New York Times and Lizzie Crocker’s piece for The Daily Beast. Many other feminists weighed in, […]

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A Speech Against Slut-Shaming By A 14-Year-Old Girl

A 14-year-old British student recently presented a speech on slut-shaming and sexual double standards which caused multiple boys in her class to walk out. Although what she said is nothing we haven’t heard before, that’s precisely the problem. Sexual bullying continues to go unchecked in schools around the world, and in too many cases leads […]

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Selfie Feminism and the Digital Political

New feminisms are coined constantly. Blink, and you’ll miss one. From sex positive feminism to transnational feminism and radical feminism to anarcha-feminism, one qualifier tacked onto the F-word can change everything. Over the past year, I’ve heard rumblings of a new kind of feminism in casual conversation and in print, but this one is specifically named to disparage the […]

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