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 4:00pm 11/07/13 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 12:40pm 9/06/13 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 6:20pm 4/17/13 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 11:40am 11/29/12 11:40am

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

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 11:20am 10/23/12 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 3:40pm 10/01/12 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 2:00pm 9/26/12 2:00pm

Iranian Women Banned From 77 College Majors Because They Were Getting…

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 2:00pm 9/22/12 2:00pm

Iran Rewards High-Achieving Women By Banning Them From College Classes

Iranian women have been killing it in the classroom as of late: 65% of the country's college students are female, women outnumbered men by three to two in passing this year's university entrance exam, and, according to UNESCO, Iran has highest ratio of female to male undergraduates in the world. » 8/21/12 3:50pm 8/21/12 3:50pm

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

How Sending Female Athletes to the Olympics May Be Bad for Saudi Women

After much arm twisting from the International Olympic Committee, Saudi Arabia has said "uncle" and given up making excuses for why it's one of three countries that has never sent a woman to compete in the Olympic Games. But although the presence of a Saudi female athlete in London may appear encouraging to outsiders,… » 7/02/12 10:50am 7/02/12 10:50am

Just How Bad Is It for Women in Egypt? Very.

After a year and a half or so characterized by political uprising, government overthrow, and a wobbly transition from military-run government to democracy, one would hope that conditions were improving for Egypt's women, and for its citizenry as a whole. Short answer: they're not. In fact, left to their own devices,… » 6/28/12 11:20am 6/28/12 11:20am

Religious Zealots Move to Ban Abortion in Turkey — Hey, Just Like in…

Tale as old as time: the theocratic, male-dominated government is ignoring its country's other, more important problems in favor of focusing on limiting women's rights. But this saga isn't occurring stateside; it's happening in Turkey. And the women there aren't taking it lying down. » 6/04/12 2:10pm 6/04/12 2:10pm