Writer/Activist Mona Eltahawy Speaks about Sexual Violence and Healing

Egyptian-American writer, activist and public speaker Mona Eltahawy — a strong, inspiring, fearless women who became known for her work bridging the hermeneutic divide between Egypt and the West — gave a TED Talk yesterday on the topic of healing. Specifically, she discusses the process through which she physically,… »11/07/13 4:00pm11/07/13 4:00pm

So You Married an Evil Despot: An Etiquette Guide for Asma al-Assad

These days, Asma al-Assad — wife of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad — has a lot on her plate. She's got 3 kids to Mom, a whole country to First Lady, an unstable, despotic, maybe-evil chemical weapons-wielding husband to Wife, and, most importantly, luxury goods to consume. Juggling the multiple responsibilities of… »9/06/13 12:40pm9/06/13 12:40pm

Saudi Arabia Deports Hot Guys, Just Makes Us Talk About Them More

Yeah, you read the headline right. A group of men was deported from Saudi Arabia to the United Arab Emirates because their chiseled features and perfectly coifed hair was deemed "too handsome." The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vices was reported to have feared that female visitors of the… »4/17/13 6:20pm4/17/13 6:20pm

All The Cool Kids Are Getting Mustache Implants

A mustache is a man's best friend, at least according to the ironic novelty holiday gift table at Urban Outfitters that's always surrounded by giggling unsupervised tweens and mothers who don't know what to buy their adolescents for Christmas. While in the US the 'stache currently appeals to hipsters and Ron Swanson… »11/29/12 11:40am11/29/12 11:40am

Horses & Bayonets & World Peace: The Final Debate's Most Pageant-y Moments

Like an incredibly high stakes Miss America competition, the last Presidential debate of the 2012 election season has come and gone. And because both candidates are fighting to the death over the tiny sliver of undecided voters (really, what amounts to twelve people who own Puddle of Mudd CD's scratching their butts… »10/23/12 11:20am10/23/12 11:20am

IKEA Photoshops Women Out of Its Saudi Arabia Catalog

People in the U.S. and 41 other countries around the globe scour IKEA catalogs to find the exact same cheap, simple furniture with hard-to-pronounce Swedish names, but the company's Saudi Arabian customers have a different shopping experience: there are no women to be found amongst the images of Grundtal shelves and… »10/01/12 3:40pm10/01/12 3:40pm

Journalist Mona Eltahawy Arrested For Defacing Anti-Islam Subway Ads

Egyptian-American journalist Mona Eltahawy was arrested last night for spray painting over one of the American Freedom Defense Initiative's new cringe-inducingly offensive posters, which read: "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad." »9/26/12 2:00pm9/26/12 2:00pm

Iranian Women Banned From 77 College Majors Because They Were Getting Too Darn Educated

As the Iranian school year begins today, Human Rights Watch is urging the nation to reconsider the male-only restrictions on 77 majors, including accounting, counseling, and engineering. Alarmingly, the ban was only instituted last month; while no clear reason for the new restriction has been cited by the Iranian… »9/22/12 2:00pm9/22/12 2:00pm