Double Standards on Public Decency

A scene from Tamer Hosny's music video for Si El Sayed. [Source].

My cousin’s daughter is smart. She recently summed a deeply rooted societal problem in few words. The little girl is relatively chubby and her mom, my cousin, keeps giving her remarks on her weight and looks. At one point, she responded: “Don’t you see that you are fat too! Plus, you are the one who keep feeding me all the time!” Hypocrisy is the first word that came to my mind when I first saw this headline: “Morocco teens held for kissing photo on Facebook”. As mentioned in the … [Read more...]

Skin Deep: Jessica Simpson’s The Price of Beauty

Anyone who’s heard of Jessica Simpson knows that she's not portrayed in the best manner when it comes to the media. Criticisms about her weight and failed relationships are constantly on top of entertainment news. For this reason, Jessica Simpson now has her own show on VH1, called The Price of Beauty, where she travels around the world to experience different cultures and understand the true meaning of beauty. In the most recent episode, Jessica traveled to Morocco, where she became familiar … [Read more...]

What’s Love Got to Do With It? Amours Voilees’ Representations of Love and the Veil

There's a new Moroccan movie out that, on the surface, seems to tackle the issue of pre-marital sex in the country. They're a dime a dozen these days, but this one is stirring up controversy like crazy. Why? I'll give you a hint: The name of the movie is Amours Voilées,  Hijab al-hob, which translates as Veiled Love in French, and The Veil of Love in Arabic. Ta da! Once more, we have proved what is now fact: plug in the world 'veil' to anything, and you will immediately gain an … [Read more...]


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