Here are six things I would tell my ten year old self, if I had the chance to get into a time machine and give her a talking-to.
I find it extremely interesting that many have followed this trend in saying ‘”Je Suis Charlie” when I highly doubt they know the full extent of offensive things the magazine has published.
He cursed terrorists, he cursed Islam, and he cursed Muslims. I was the only Muslim around, and I was terrified.
Five tries to get the right stereotype going, world.
I can't unsee the way people stare at me, can't forget the way children are pulled away from me if I smile at them.
Heaven forbid one of us dances.
“don’t smile, and you dare not laugh with your mouth open.” Was this her way of telling us how to avoid rape?
I scrubbed vigorously at my face, hoping the third time would be the charm.
I find it horrid that there are people who stoop to harassment of queer and trans* people.
When over a third of Western media outlets portray Muslims as oppressive, terrorizing, violent, and extreme, how are people supposed to think otherwise?
I reached to pull off the hijab I wore, fashioned into a turban.
Why does the world subject me to stereotypes? Being a Muslim woman doesn't mean I'm oppressed.