With Regards to Angelina Jolie's Decision to Have...
by: Rebekka Van Der Does “… unfortunately the cultural dynamic we have in our society is still largely based on the idea that a woman’s body and life are not her own, even more so when she lives a large part of her life in the public eye. We have conversations about what a woman “should” or “should not” wear/look (usually to be more pleasing to other people), how...
Attic Clowns by Jeremy C. Shipp: A Book Review
I never knew there could be such a thing as a funny nightmare until I read Jeremy C Shipp’s “Attic Clowns”: An anthology of short stories. I almost want to categorize it as “Delightful Horror.” Every time I met a crazy-talented person, I always wished – secretly – that I could take a tour inside their brain. Shipp almost made me believe that it is possible: All you have to do is look at their...
by: T.S. Tenzer My sex is my own you can not take it from me it is not a commodity for you to peddle or hold nor is it a way you can control my identity misogynist You’ve tried to steal it with your eyes ogling, raping me visually, I’m just tits and an ass desperate to control the power between my thighs you’re desperately afraid that my intimidation will not last pornographist You try to...
One Day After IWD
by: James WF Roberts Woman what do you see in him? He tells you that he loves you by the bruises on your neck. He tells you he is sorry every morning, how do you live with him? How can no-one see the distance in your eyes? The distance in your voice, the fear in your heart, three months pregnant he’s out with the boys again, what state will he come home in? Is it too late to run? Is it too...
No One’s Forcing You into the Strip Club - A...
by: Paul Falardeau The recent article published in The Cascade, “No One’s Forcing You into the Strip Club,” by Taylor Johnson raises several ill-conceived and poorly researched opinions about the nature of what she implies is simply and solely a profession. However, what Johnson fails to consider is the deep-rooted problems of gender-oppression and societally-imposed norms that she...
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Hijab Girl: Not So Modest
by: Evan J. Peterson Pearled like a swine in cream and black it’s caught on your lashes, not thighs. The running mascara turns grey and slips. All you have are your eyes: the bridge of your nose, gash-plucked brows, the lashes like porcupine quills. Trickle by trap, are you his sow with your gag-hidden mouth that chills? Your hair is wrapped in quiet pride. His hot little splash soaks, a tag....
It Must Have Been Her Fault
“The following is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to persons living or dead is purely coincidental.” It was a foggy day, although I had no idea what it looked like outside the window. I was still half asleep after I had to get out of my warm bed at 3:00 AM; when nature calls, you’d better respond quickly, or you would expose yourself to years of humiliation. I walked slowly...
Jeremy C Shipp: Hanging out in the library next to...
Yes, it is true. Jeremy C Shipp, the Bram Stoker Award-nominated American novelist and short-story writer, the incredibly-talented author of great works such as Vacation, Cursed and Fungus of the Heart, was so sweet and so kind that he actually agreed to have an interview with yours truly! Did I mention that his work has been published in over 60 magazines so far? He’s original. He’s...
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An Important Announcement
I have gotten into the habit of running a vanity search every so often, and based on what I have seen lately, I realized that I need to clear a few things up. I have never owned a personal website, but I came across a few domain names that claimed to be mine, particularly http://www.ibtihalmahmood.com/ and http://www.ibtihal.net/ Those domain names are NOT mine, and I repeat that I do NOT own any...
There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we...– John Lennon (via kari-shma)
Women’s Reforms: An Axis for Arab Revolutions to...
During the 24 years that I spent living in the Arab world, I used to hear so very frequently – almost daily – that the status of injustice, tyranny and oppression from which the Arab person suffers, and the state of savagery and backwardness which prevails in the Arab society, is nothing but the result of the absence of Islamic Sharia law, and because our rulers don’t judge by what Allah has...
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Donna Miscolta: Dislocation, Identity, and a...
Today, I am more than pleased to present to you my interview with the Seattle author, Donna Miscolta. It was a great honor to get to talk to Donna, the winner of numerous literary awards, including the Bread Loaf/Rona Jaffe Scholarship for Fiction. Her work was reviewed by some of the most prestigious literary publications, including America’s Review, New Millennium Writings, and Raven...
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Cara Diaconoff: Readers are free to discover a...
An oasis of literary knowledge: That’s how I describe Cara Diaconoff after getting the chance to have an interview with her two weeks ago. I was in literary heaven for an hour… Cara formulated the ambition and the mental commitment to be a writer when she was a child. She wrote her first story at the age of nine. In a deeper sense, writing must have chosen her just as much as she...
Evan J. Peterson: It's the mediocre that scares me
Last week, I was lucky enough to have an interview with Evan J. Peterson, the multi-talented poet, author and educator from Seattle. Talking to Evan was such a great joy that I had to tell him at the end of our interview, “I wish I could just sit here and listen to you talk.” Evan is the author of numerous pieces of poetry, prose poetry, flash fiction and nonfiction. He has recently performed...
Life as a female foreign reporter →
Ann Leslie and Lindsey Hilsum have spent decades covering war, revolution, famine and the occasional feelgood moment. What’s the secret of getting the story?
What is clear from reading these interviews is that, while the 20th century has...– Mightier than the Sword: Shiva Rahbaran’s Iranian Writers Uncensored by Zach Pontz (via millionsmillions) I personally believe that the 20th century was unkind to the whole Middle East, and Middle Eastern writers and intellectuals were - and are still - oppressed, living under dictatorships where...
The sound of misogyny: Part 1
Does Rihanna, a victim of domestic violence, really “love the way you lie”? A few months ago, I listened to a song called “Love The Way You Lie” by Rihanna. I have always been a fan of hers, but I have to say that I found that song disturbing: “Just gonna stand there and watch me burn, But that’s alright because I like the way it hurts. Just gonna stand there and hear...
Dr. Oz, Feederism and Pleasing Men Sexually
We all know about women who battle poor body image with deprivation and crazy diets in a desperate attempt to look beautiful in the eyes of men, and usually what that scenario brings to mind is anorexia. After dominating the world of eating disorders for many decades, anorexia is now giving way to a more disturbing mental condition: Feederism. I heard the term “feederism” today for...
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