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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Stop Being A Dick

The recent piece in The New Republic entitled “This Is What Power Looks Like” is fantastic, but it’s missing one thing: dicks. Understandably, Rebecca Traister wants to keep it respectable, but since I’m not writing for The New Republic and since it’s the holidays I’m giving myself the gift of tossing respectability and caution to the […]

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The Ethics of Feminist Swag

The news is out that those ever-so-hip “This Is What A Feminist Looks Like” t-shirts sported by everyone from Common to Alexa Chung were produced in a Mauritian sweatshop that pays its female workers $1 an hour. While there’s been some pushback by The Fawcett Society (the women’s rights charity behind the shirts), it seems […]

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Notes on Vamp

Dazzling to the eye with a dark, fecund mystery that’s laced with myth and history, ‘the vamp’ is omnipresent in contemporary culture. While her roots can be traced to goddesses synonymous with seduction and ruin, in this century, she has been iconically codified through fashion and film. There are the sartorial choices that influence our understanding of vamp, […]

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