Woman as Giving Tree

I’ve been reading Kate Manne’s “Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny” and came to the chapter about misogyny and entitlement. Manne writes that there are masculine-coded goods that a man is entitled to, and feminine-coded goods that a woman owes or ought to give. A man is entitled to, among other things: social positions of […]

Are Feminist Dystopias The Next Big Trend In Fiction?

I’m thrilled to be featured in this essay by Elena Nicolaou, writing for Refinery29, along with Christina Dalcher, whose novel Vox is making a lot of waves. “Bina Shah’s novel, Before She Sleeps, out August 7, is an indication that this burgeoning new genre can continue to break ground and go beyond Atwood comparisons — so […]

Misogyny in Action

This column was first published in Dawn.com A recently-published biography, The Sensational Life and Death of Qandeel Baloch by the journalist Sanam Maher, traces the life of the famous Pakistani woman from the Punjabi village where she was born as Fauzia Azeem, through her hard-fought battle to become Qandeel Baloch, Pakistan’s most well-known social media […]

Who Should Pakistani Women Vote For?

Pakistani women’s rights analyst Rafia Zakaria wrote in CNN about how Pakistani women face impossible electoral choice between PTI’s Imran Khan and PML-N’s Maryam Nawaz Sharif. Zakaria writes: “Pakistani women now face a choice. Should they continue to support a political party led by a woman convicted on corruption charges — or vote for a party led […]

On Reading Brothers of the Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War

I’ve just finished reading Brothers of the Gun, by Marwan Hisham and Molly Crabapple. I’m not reviewing it here; this review in the CJR is a good place to start if you want to learn more about the book, the account of four or five years in the life of Raqqa resident-turned-international-journalist Marwan Hisham: Graphic memoir […]