When Fasting Is Not For God

The writer of this post wishes to remain anonymous.Trigger warning: This post contains discussions of body image and disordered eating.The first Ramadan that I fasted, I was struck by how easy I found it.This was not exactly a good thing.  I had struggled with control issues around food, and with my perception of my body, since I was a pre-teen, long before I was Muslim.  When I began fasting, in my early twenties, it quickly became clear to me that the satisfaction that I got from b … [Read more...]

“Not Even Birthday Cake?” Or, Coping With (Non-Muslims’) Reactions to Ramadan

gorgeous calligraphy, created by cruel uncultured barbarians no doubt.

This guest post by Nahida was originally published at the fatal feminist.When I was small, my schoolyard friends would gasp in shock at the idea of going without food or water for as long as a drop of sunlight hit the pavement. (“All day?” they’d marvel with the same tone that they’d ask, “You run THAT fast?”) Pleased with the astonished reaction, I would boast that not only could I abstain an entire day without complaints, but I had already done it not once but twice. (“Did you die?” ask … [Read more...]

14 Things Your Muslim Wife *Really* Won’t Tell You (Snark Edition)

The guest post was lovingly created by a think tank of trying-to-be Ideal Muslimahs with an eye for issues of concern to Muslim women, such as sexuality, polygamy, reality, and other such dangerous ideas.Muslim Village offers (somewhat bewildering) advice about what Muslim men won’t tell their wives, and a brother (erroneously) speaking on behalf of sisters over at Muslim Marriage Guide has explained what Muslim wives won’t tell their husbands. While attempting to memorize by heart this adv … [Read more...]

A Muslim Woman Is Running for Congress – So What?

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This post was written by Laila Alawa (@lulainlife).There’s a new face in town this congressional election season in the United States, and she isn’t here to contribute to the general elderly white male trope that is usually the case, plastered across campaign posters and events. Cheryl Sudduth is set to run for Congress, hoping to represent the 11th congressional district of California. Ms. Sudduth hopes to improve the public education system, and close the achievement gap for the commu … [Read more...]

The Male Gaze and the Muslimah Fashion Industry

This post was written by Laila Alawa (@lulainlife).There is a serious paradox within the fashion industry. More specifically, within the subset of fashion ruled by Muslim women, a niche that has shifted greater fashion perspectives on hijab and modest-leaning clothing, and one that taps into the wide-open Muslim consumer market valued at $170 billion by marketing firm Ogilvy Noor. That problem comes in the form of the opposite gender - and the problems the male gaze brings with it.When … [Read more...]

Muslimah Lifestyle Videos Offer More than Just Hijab Tutorials and Fashion Tips

Screenshot via TheSewist.

This post was written by guest contributor Kristin Peterson (@KrissyPetey), who also blogs at Third Spaces, a group blog for researchers at CU-Boulder’s Centre for Media, Religion and Culture.YouTube is frequently the go-to place to check out the latest hilarious video, view a clip from a movie, or watch a music video. Over the last few years, YouTube has also become a space where young people can create and post videos, sharing their personalities and advice on various topics, while also a … [Read more...]

Beauty Pageants: Does Anyone Actually Win?

Miss World Muslimah winner Obabiyi Aishah Ajibola.

This post was written by guest contributor Nicole Hunter Mostafa (@nicolejhm).When I think about topics that are directly relevant to the lives of Muslim women, one that would probably be pretty low on my list is beauty pageants. Sure, in terms of feminist discourse, it’s not that hard to make the connection—beauty pageants’ primary goal is to make judgments about women based primarily on how they look, while media coverage of Muslim women, even when ostensibly regarding other subjects, still … [Read more...]


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