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 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 […]

Khalida Brohi’s I Should Have Honor

Today, I’m presenting a guest post by Pakistani activist Khalida Brohi. Hailing from a Brauhi family from Balochistan, settled in upper Sindh, Khalida was lucky enough to have a father who supported her education. But she witnessed the terrible tradition of honour killing in her family when a cousin was killed for falling in love […]