I've surrounded myself with women for most of my life. Although I was fortunate enough to grow up with both parents in my household, I was, and still am closer to my mother. I received an all-girls Catholic education for fifteen years, and most of my best friends are women of multiethnic backgrounds of different … Continue reading Safe Haven (International Women’s Day Post)
Skies will tell you how love moves like the clouds when the rain starts. It pours down, and on the windows I see pieces of my heart. I can't take this anymore, I can't get up from the floor. I don't want to eat, I'm starving for comfort, I'm empty and sore. Love didn't have … Continue reading Out on the Sand: Breaking Free From Toxic Love
The discussion of feminine desires is something that I've always wanted to write about because having been in a culture that adamantly advocates modesty, a culture that equates desire to moral distaste, I feel that it's my obligation to write about why women and men should learn how to understand that fearing desire inevitably divides … Continue reading Breaking the Taboo: Why Muslim American Women Should Start Talking About Sexuality, Eroticism, and Femininity.
The shadows are fucking with me. I see myself in pink and blue. My legs, concealed under black leggings, I need to peel them off. I want to touch. All I want are orgasms. I let the couch absorb my bodyweight. I close my eyes, and my consciousness flies out of my ears. I want … Continue reading Heartbreak
My friend Aleena* confessed to me the other day about how scared she is to lose her virginity. "I know I'm not in Egypt," she acknowledged, "but my parents have this expectation that I marry either an Egyptian or a Muslim. I know it's not fair to myself to think this way, but it's been ingrained in … Continue reading Virgin