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Love on a new continent

I am the companion of the new Adam Who has earned my self-assured love. (Fahmida Riaz)   ‘Mommy, when are you going to start dating? You’re not even trying!’ complained my nine-year old on a sunny afternoon in February, two…

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What abuse feels like

I grew up in a loving home in Karachi at a time when Pakistan was a very different place: a colourful, tolerant and safe society. My parents were a wonderful combination. My father was open-minded and did not differentiate between…

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Vitiligo versus marriage

I was 26 years old and home visiting my parents. We were having the same old argument – marriage. This time the conversation centered on why I saw no point in meeting a 36 year old settled in Chicago while…

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One of those girls

I am problematic. I never intended for it to be this way, it’s just who I am; and sometimes I wish I wasn’t. I come from a relatively liberal Egyptian-Canadian Muslim household. The keyword being relative: in comparison to other…

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Surviving FGM

I am a survivor of FGM. There, I said it. Yes, a survivor. Only recently have I come to accept that survivor is not too big of a word in regards to the experience I have had to endure. FGM…

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Love is not dishonourable

Since I was a child, I was taught to be a good and obedient girl. I was not to speak too loudly or walk too cheerfully; I had to keep in line like other good Asian girls. I was instructed…

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