Opinion

Dear Married Men Who Are ‘Just Joking’

To all the men out there who get a kick out of making indecent jokes about your married life, this one is for you. I know you want to make people laugh. You want to capture the room with your wit. Lighten the mood during gatherings. Make people’s day with your tremendous humour. But for […]

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Opinion

Instant Wife. Just Add Water.

What do men want in a wife? Or is the better question: what do their mothers want in a daughter-in-law? It seems like the ‘ideal’ desi wife would be: Fair and slim. Tall, but shorter than the guy. Able to cook and take care of the house. Educated, preferably with a doctor’s degree but no […]

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Opinion

Your Stay-At-Home Mom Is Not Your Maid

Recently I’ve been noticing that whenever my mom asks me to do things for her – like wash the dishes, go out to get some groceries, or even the tiniest favour like get her a glass of water – she always makes it a point to say ‘thank you’ to me. It baffles me when […]

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Opinion

Don’t Hate Bad People, Hate The Bad In People

Guest post by Andale Seaworne A few years ago during Quran Tafseer (interpretation) classes in Ramadan, the teacher was going through an ayat (verse) and there was one statement she said that really made me take a step back, “Don’t hate bad people, hate the bad that they did.” This was a new statement that […]

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Opinion

‘Boys Will Be Boys’ Is Not An Excuse

Guest post by Sharmeen Wasim We have all heard this phrase before.  ‘Boys will be boys’ has not only made negative actions forgivable, but it has also robbed the potential for men to become better people. So many times, parents have accepted negative behaviours in young boys claiming that it is normal and so many […]

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Opinion

I Met My Husband On A Dating App

I met my husband on a dating app. There, I said it. This might not sound like a big deal to some, but for the longest time this little detail has been an awkward part of our relationship. Not only were we weirded out by it, but even our families strongly advised us not to […]

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Opinion

The Double Standards Faced by Women Who Smoke

Featured Art by @ thedaftdraft https://thedaftdraft.com/   When a man smokes, it’s a bad habit (buri aadat). But when a woman smokes, she’s a bad woman (buri aurat). Smoking is harmful no matter what your gender is. Then why are women always being significantly more condemned for it? Why does it only become everyone’s business when […]

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Opinion

For The Young Mothers Who Also Need a Break

During my morning social media scroll I came across a story that truly made me reflect. It was a captivating and very well written piece of work, so I do recommend reading it fully, but here is a gist of it: A pregnant woman with 2 kids is evidently upset as her husband is packing […]

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Life

Letting Go of the Societal Pressure to Pursue Your Dreams

I had a fascinating discussion with my colleagues a while back. It started when one of them asked, ‘What did you guys dream of becoming when you were younger?’ As children, most of us dreamed of becoming artists, doctors, teachers and so on. Yet here were were, working as financial research analysts for this big […]

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