These Are the Pictures That Got Rihanna Kicked Out of a Mosque

Rihanna was in the United Arab Emirates over the weekend, and posed for a series of pictures in front of Abu Dhabi's Grand Mosque. She looked rather fierce in an all-black outfit and hot red lipstick. However! While her hair was covered — abiding by the mosque's guidelines — after posing like she was doing a fashion… » 10/21/13 6:45pm 10/21/13 6:45pm

There's a Dress Code Battle in the UAE's Shopping Malls

Only about ten percent of the 8 million people who live in the United Arab Emirates, one of the world's wealthiest nations, are actually Emirati citizens; the rest are Western expats or Asian, African and Middle Eastern guest workers. Most locals are fans of Western pop culture, but there's one foreign form of… » 7/06/12 10:00am 7/06/12 10:00am

Women in Abu Dhabi Do Not Want Dudes Scanning Their Boobs

I'm still too young (and, theoretically, not genetically cancer-prone enough) to require regular mammograms, but I've certainly been faced with the choice of seeing a male gynecologist right now or waiting a few days for a lady doctor. This is not a difficult decision. As long as the dude's a non-creepy professional,… » 6/11/12 7:45pm 6/11/12 7:45pm

"Lawrence Of My Labia" And The Whiteness Of Summer Blockbusters

This summer's blockbusters overwhelmingly feature white actors, a stark effect even by Hollywood standards. Relatedly, another big tent movie, Sex And The City 2, is defending itself against charges of cultural insensitivity. But seriously, people. We know hijabs are hilarious. » 5/27/10 3:00pm 5/27/10 3:00pm