Wear the heck out of that safety pin.

Yes, wear the heck out of that safety pin. BUT don’t treat it as a means to an end. Wearing the safety pin is not enough but it is appreciated. No symbolic act of solidarity is ever enough in and of itself. But symbolic solidarity is important and often has led to concrete, real action. Symbolic solidarity is what often motivates people to take real actions. Thoughts shape behaviour all the time. They tend to have a kind of snow… Read more

Hello, this is Farah!

Hello everyone, You might have already seen a few of my guest posts on this blog. Two of them were about the modesty doctrine, and one of them was regarding cultural appropriation. If you liked them, then it will make you happy to know that Kaveh Mousavi has now made me a regular contributor to this blog and I could not be more thankful for that. :) A little bit about me: I currently live in Canada, just outside Toronto…. Read more

Why Donald Trump Cannot Harm the Nuclear Deal

Trump has promised to either “tear up the nuclear deal” or to renegotiate it, but the deal will most likely remain completely safe. This is one Obama legacy he cannot touch. Read more

The US Has Elected Its Ahmadinejad

Trump always reminded me of Ahmadinejad. I couldn’t help it. Both men are so bigoted, dishonest, hateful, and authoritarian. During the election I could see people scrambling to find someone to compare Trump with — Andrew Jackson, Zachary Taylor, Ross Perot, Neil Farage, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, and many others. But none of them make as much sense as Ahmadinejad. Donald Trump is the American Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Read more

Why Robert Spencer Is An Anti-Muslim Extremist: An Open Letter

In which Kaveh Mousavi writes to Robert Spencer to tell him he is indeed an anti-Muslim extremist. Read more

Guest-Post: Cultural Appropriation Is a Toxic Concept

It’s no longer about the racism you faced. It’s about someone wearing a thing/saying a thing/eating a thing/blissfully enjoying a thing. It’s about this whole fight about whose ancestors owned what. (By the way, still entirely failing here to see the connection between saying spirit animal and oppression that indigenous people face). Besides, nationalism is often at the core of all this — just search up on the movement to ban yoga, and you will have proof of that. And yoga, that is an interesting one. Read more

My Open Letter to the Southern Poverty Law Center

In which Kaveh asks to be classified as an extremist. Read more

Guest-Post: Modesty Goes Beyond the Hijab

It just becomes very important that when the criticism of hijab is done, it is done in the broader issue of the concept of modesty as a whole and criticize all the ways in which it is enforced – even without the hijab. There are more ways than one of trying to control women’s bodies. Read more

Shame on You, Southern Poverty Law Center

This drivel of an article could be easily be written by an Islamist apologist, misusing the tragic fact of anti-Muslim in the West to silence honest criticisms of Islam by mixing internal dissidents with bigots. It’s dishonest silencing when Muslims do it, and it’s the same when this so called “human rights” organization does it. Read more

Guest-Post: Modesty Is Not Empowering

In a world where women’s bodies are so highly stigmatized and made taboo or highly sexualized, nudity on a woman’s own accord, will always be fucking empowering in a way that modesty never can be. Read more

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