Is religion compatible with feminism?

Unveiling Islam

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In my experience with Islam, the hardest part for me was trying to reconcile my feminism with my faith. Growing up, I adhered to two seemingly contradictory beliefs: I was an outspoken feminist who wanted complete equality for everyone, and I was also a practicing Muslim. Over the years, these
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The hijab: oppressive or liberating?

Unveiling Islam

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Picture a woman wearing a long, shapeless black cloak, her arms, legs and hair covered by dark cloth, with only the face — or sometimes just the eyes — visible. Does the word “oppressed” come to mind? That is a common assumption regarding Muslim women who choose to wear the
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Symbolic loss: dad, then father

Tuesday Mourning

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I can’t tell you what kind of person my dad was. As a teenager, I’d count with tally marks the memories I still had of him. I remember Laker games and canned Budweisers, but not his voice or facial expressions. To find out what kind of person my dad was,
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Speaking Voldemort’s name

Unveiling Islam

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Belief systems in many societies are regarded as unquestionable. Most people are too scared to question or criticize accepted norms — in some cases, just voicing disapproval is dangerous. When an entire society dogmatically follows one fixed set of beliefs, it’s hard to even form opinions that differ. How can
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No, Muslims are not terrorists

Unveiling Islam

“Please step out of the line. This is just a random check, ma’am,” said the TSA agent. I shrugged and followed the agent to a separate room, where she opened up and examined my luggage. Besides my family, the other people who had been randomly selected were either Arab or
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Never dead

Tuesday Mourning

Nobody thinks grief is a thing we have an opinion on. But we do. We believe that grief’s most acceptable time and place is around the event of death itself. Grief is legitimate in the immediate aftermath of loss, and ever afterward is irrelevant, excessive and unwelcome. Indeed, death is
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Editor’s note

This opinion blog has been retracted because of personal safety concerns. Kimberly Veklerov is the editor in chief and president. Contact her at [email protected]

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Traveling at home

There and Back Again

I’ve written for a semester on the merits and perils of traveling, from squatting to swearing to jade bracelet wearing. I’ve thoroughly embarrassed myself, and I’ve shared things I would not even describe to my closest friends. (How could you describe the emotional thought process of squatting in a dirty
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In conclusion

The Gray Area

What a lovely semester it has been! I don’t know about you, but I have thoroughly enjoyed delving together into the forbidden, roasting the sacred cows and questioning the unspeakable issues — from race to hate speech, from appropriation to Israeli divestment. Since beginning my little column here, I have
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Peace out, whiners

The Easy Way Out

I am stressed. This is the last Easy Way Out of the semester, and I’ve barely scratched the surface of the people and things I want to discuss. When I started writing, I never imagined that an entire semester would not be nearly enough to cover all that I needed
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