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Why Don’t South Asians Talk Mental Health?

Surely we can all agree that mental health is a taboo topic everywhere in the world, but research shows that some demographics are more prone to facing problems when dealing with mental health/illnesses than others. One of these groups happens to be South Asian women, especially young women. A study conducted by the Asian and…

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One Muslim Girl’s Thoughts on Marriage

Anyone else remember the phrase “Impossible is nothing”—that old adidas slogan? That was plastered all over my basketball magazines and on ads during games on television. It was an inspiring phrase, a little play on the oft-repeated verse “nothing is impossible” or “anything is possible,” what Kevin Garnett (one of the faces of adidas) passionately…

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After Swiping Right

You remember the first email exchange. Well, it wasn’t exactly email it was more of a ping back on that outdated singles’ website. God, that website was awful. But it’s where you met him and after a month of thinly veiled yet completely innocent innuendos, you took it to the next level: texting. He was…

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Lonely Millennials Meet Their MuzMatch

Sometimes when I’m sitting up at night I hear this strange sound. It’s the distant sound of index fingers across America snapping in half from exhaustion. Swiping left, swiping right, clicking the like button, crossing fingers for a match, trolling through photos; the work goes on and on in the effort to use the Internet to…

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Why Gay Imams Are Better for Muslim Women

Daayiee Abdullah, America’s first openly gay imam, is spicing up a pot of bland Muslim soup. The monolithic, homogenous character of mainstream Muslim mosques is a result of politics and cultural hegemony, far from the embodiment of “true” Islam as these ideologies claim. Through a historical analysis, we can better contextualize mainstream Islamic expression today…

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Cravings From Hell: My Three-Week Juice Fast

Last fall, I decided to embark on a juice fast. For those of you who don’t now what it is, you basically go for a period of time on nothing but pure vegetable and fruit juice. I was inspired by two documentaries — Hungry For Change and Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. Being the impulsive person that…

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Hijab Doesn’t Protect Against Eating Disorders

“I’m on a diet.” How many times have we heard that statement from another woman or even said it ourselves on occasion? This seemingly harmless statement can have serious repercussions in some cases. Eating disorders have become very common over the last decade and Muslim women are not immune. A study at UCLA found that…

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Gurl, You Need To Love Yo’ Self

As I sit in my room completely exhausted from finishing what must be one of the most grueling processes in the entire world, (i.e hosting an Arab gathering), I can’t help but notice a recurring pattern. In fact, you might be familiar with it as well because I believe it’s apparent at every cultural gathering…