Beauty or The Brain?: Deconstructing the "Either, Or" Narrative - Women are So Much More than Their Looks and Intellect

Beauty or The Brain?: Deconstructing the “Either, Or” Narrative – Women are So Much More than Their Looks and Intellect

if she pays no mind to fancy dressing. Then, she has liberated herself from the shallow needs of regular girls and is now on par with her male counterparts. This sentiment has given us oxymoronic slogans like “substance over beauty” and “beauty and brains” and “not like other girls”.

This Feels Like Home: Muslim Women Talk About Genuine Friendships and Red Flags

This Feels Like Home: Muslim Women Talk About Genuine Female Friendships and Red Flags

We do brunch together to catch up on life and laugh till our bellies hurt, drop off a dish we cooked and get something else in return in that butter tub. I can give them constructive criticism and advice with good intentions. I’m there to catch them or pull them up whenever they are about to fall.

Revisiting Lila Abu-Lughod's 'Do Muslim Women Need Saving': A Commentary on Taliban and Western Imperialism

Revisiting Lila Abu-Lughod’s ‘Do Muslim Women Need Saving?’: A Commentary on Taliban and Western Imperialism

The burqa existed long before the Taliban, worn by Pashtun women to mark “the symbolic separation of men’s and women’s domains.” Although it could be argued that this reinforces patriarchal ideas of women belonging at home, we must remember that many saw the burqa as a “liberating invention”.

My Counsellor Told Me that Women Were Created to Serve Men: Recounting My Awful Experience

My Counsellor Told Me that Women Were Created to Serve Men: Recounting My Awful Experience

At some point in my sessions, I decided to show up only mindlessly, registering my displeasure by scowling and asking fewer questions. I reached this decision after the diminutive counsellor had said “Husbands forcing themselves on their wives is not rape”. I had afterwards asked him to define rape. He was angry at my audacity. He did not appreciate being questioned.