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Simra Mariam

Simra Mariam
Feminism

Feminism Is Not Just A Western Issue

The rise of third-wave feminism, which encompasses intersectionality and inclusion, has paved the way for women of all religious beliefs, sexual orientations, races and ethnicities to find their voice and purpose. It has diversified and leveled the playing field, so that feminism itself extends to serve more than just the average middle-class white woman. As much as we may believe that the frameworks of society are changing for the better, and the feminist movement has

Race

Ending Disproportionate Incarceration Starts With Tackling Police Brutality

“Black Lives Matter” has been an ongoing movement at the forefront of modern politics and social issues, and out of the many concerns it seeks to accentuate, the treatment of African Americans and Latinos within the criminal justice system is an important and prevalent aspect. There is an alarmingly high rate of fatal police encounters with people of color, simply for being in the wrong place at the wrong time and having to pay an

Feminism

MCSR and NOMAS: Men Against Rape and Sexism

The word “feminism” is generally associated with females, and the feminist movement itself is perceived as being completely driven by women. For a man to call himself a feminist draws the implication that he is passionate about women’s issues simply because his loved ones (mother, daughter, sister, wife, etc.) are directly affected. The fact of the matter is, on a large scale, feminist issues also extend to and encompass “men’s issues.” Believe it or not,

Real Life

It’s Never Too Late: Advice for the Struggling High School Senior

Putting yourself first is not selfish… it’s the bravest thing you’ll ever do.  ~ Overwhelming stress and exhaustion coupled with fear and doubt pretty much summarize my emotional state during my junior and senior year of high school. Those sleepless nights spent finishing up essays before the 11:59 p.m. deadline and flipping through page after page of the SAT Study Guide are forever embedded in my mind as some of the longest days of my

Op-ed

Can You Hear Us Now: An Ongoing Movement to Raise the Voices of Muslim Women

#CanYouHearUsNow: During the 2016 presidential campaign, this hashtag surfaced in response to Donald Trump’s comments about Ghazala Khan, mother of a slain Muslim-American soldier, who supposedly wasn’t “allowed” to speak at the DNC. This was my response.  My fellow Muslim women: according to the oh-so-authentic words of Donald Trump, women in Islam aren’t allowed to speak. Oh, and apparently, it’s up to our spouses in that respect — when we can talk and what we’re “allowed” to

Feminism

‘No’ Means ‘No’: It Really Is That Simple When It Comes to Consent

Disclaimer: If this issue is triggering to you, it’d be best if you stop reading now — the last thing I’d want to do is cause you pain or discomfort. If this issue makes you uncomfortable because it’s not talked about often, I’d strongly advise you to continue reading. Choosing to act as though an issue doesn’t exist simply because you think it doesn’t concern you personally makes you part of the problem. This is

Real Life

Muslim Teen Kidnapped and Brutally Murdered in Virginia: This Is Terrorism

If the thought of an innocent 17-year-old girl kidnapped, beaten to death and thrown in a pond by a heartless psychopath doesn’t make your blood boil, you need to reevaluate your humanity. Nabra Hassanen, according to the accounts of police and a mosque official, was walking back to ADAMS (All Dulles Area Muslim Society) from breakfast at IHOP early Sunday with her friends when they were confronted by a motorist. All but one of the teens ran

Op-ed

Reflecting Back on the Letter I Wrote to Trump One Year Ago Today

Picture this: you’re 13 years old, waiting impatiently at the library’s large front desk, a pile of novels you raced through in less than a week stacked in your arms. The woman in line in front of you is covered from head to toe, the scarf wrapped around her an elegant shade of blue. A toddler is wrapped around her legs, his tiny hands clutching tightly at her dress. Behind the counter sits the weary

Real Life

An Insight Into Finding and Holding Onto Hope In a Broken World

“‘What makes the desert beautiful,’ said the little prince, ‘is that somewhere it hides a well…” (The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry) In a self-absorbed world quickly succumbing to addiction and obsession, oppression and aversion — it is easy to lose sight of the things that truly matter. Merely living for the sake of living, we often find ourselves counting days off the calendar, not quite knowing why; and in the blur of monotonous routines,

Op-ed

A Reflection on Four Incredible Years of Competing in MIST (Muslim Interscholastic Tournament)

As a freshman in high school, you’re bound to get the “extracurriculars matter!” lecture drilled into your head by parents and teachers and counselors alike; all reinforcing the idea of colleges looking for “well-rounded individuals” with more to show than just good grades and a clean record. You’re bound to feel pressured into signing up for various after-school clubs and events, pushing yourself to socialize and mingle with students outside your inner circle. Despite being

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