The Stoning of Soraya M.

This was written by Pedestrian and originally appeared at her blog.When you come from a broken home, it’s tough to talk about your past – or present.How much do you let out? How much does the world need to know?I couldn’t help ponder the issue over and over as I was watching clips from The Stoning of Soraya M. on YouTube.At surface level, it sounds simple. Before we solve age old questions about the questions of religion and state, velayat-e faghih, the right of inheritance, etc, etc, w … [Read more...]

Lipstick Jihad

This was written by Sakina and originally published at Ruined by Reading.I recently finished Lipstick Jihad by Azadeh Moaveni, which is a memoir of an Iranian girl who grew up in California and has moved to Tehran as a BBC correspondent in an effort to find a place where she belongs. She spent her entire adolescence feeling out of place, believing that if she were to just reconnect with her “Iranianness”, she would find a home and she would be complete. Unfortunately, once she gets to Teh … [Read more...]