When I was younger, I despised being a woman. I saw it as a restrictive evil. Women are unable to drive where I grew up, in Saudi Arabia. As a result, I was forced to beg my father for a ride to pretty much everywhere. When my father agreed to drive me to the mall, I was forced to wear an abaya by law since I am a woman. Although the temperatures reached up to 105 degrees Fahrenheit, I was forced to wear an abaya over my already publicly appropriate outfit. This is a sign of oppression. Women cannot flaunt their gifts to the world, but men have the opportunity to wear whatever they desire. In public, I looked like a clone to every other woman due to a predetermined restriction set by the government.
‘So when are you going to get married?’
‘Where’s the future husband?’
‘Don’t waste your time – you should be looking to get married soon!’
Since graduating from University, I have often felt as if my singledom has been scrutinised by relatives and family friends alike as they ask me several variations of the questions above. It’s as if now that I have ticked the box of obtaining a degree, the next box that needs to be checked in my life is that of marriage. Continue reading To All My Single Ladies!
The first gay relationship I ever remember seeing on screen was with Tara and Willow, in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Their relationship was dealt with beautifully; Tara wasn’t just the girlfriend, she was a whole person in her own right. Complex, intelligent, emotional, and dimensional. And her love for Willow, and Willow’s for her was dealt in the same way as if one of them were male. They loved each other, and, like every couple, they had their struggles, arguments, and eventually make ups. Their affection for each other wasn’t censored, either. Bizarrely, Willow and Tara’s relationship had been the most realistic lesbian relationship I’d ever seen despite the fact that it’s between two witches based in a world full of Vampires, demons, goblins, and those chosen to slay them. Credit where credit’s due – Joss Whedon created a beautiful story arc for these two characters, that young closeted me was enamoured by. Continue reading Live And Let Live; Lets Discuss the LGBTQ Community and the Film Industry.
Fashion is seen as a women’s’ world. It is a business and workplace where women are in the majority. Even the mention of fashion provides the image of women, and perhaps Meryl in Devil Wears Prada – but that’s a different story.
Around 555,000 people are employed in fashion, textiles and fashion retail in the United Kingdom. The womenswear industry is valued at around 510 billion pounds, compared to the menswear industry which is valued at 330 billion pounds. Although women make up the majority of the workforce in the fashion industry, women are still paid 15% than their male counterparts. Continue reading Is Feminism In Fashion For Real or For Sales?
[Disclaimer: I couldn’t write a feminist piece without noting the importance of intersectionality and warning you that this is gonna be a pretty hetero-normative dialogue as I can only speak from my own straight girl experiences. And for my non cis-ters, I see you and if this can be of help to you too then just switch up those pronouns, boo.]
There’s nothing quite like a heartbreak to make you realise that you and the person you once believed to be your equal aren’t so similar after all. If that sentence stung you a little, I’m sorry sis and it will get easier. But bear with me while I explain. Continue reading Feminism and Heartbreak