Raise Awareness, Don’t Be Silent: Chapel Hill Tragedy

I am a Muslim woman of Afghan descent. Last night, Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Mohammad, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha were brutality murdered by Craig Stephen Hicks, a 46 year old white male because of their faith and their religion. Islam has relentlessly been bashed over and over again. It seems like no matter how many times…

Impact, Thanks to Drake

I have spent so much of my life explaining just exactly who I am. Usually, I like the attention, but the act of clarifying your way of life is daunting, anxiety causing, and eventually, exhausting. An inquisitive nature is the human way, but being inquired about because you are so “different” loses its joie de…

ISIS Does Not Define Islam

ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq); a terrorist group whose ultimate goals are to 1). Establish a new Islamic caliphate across the Middle East 2.) Force Muslims to submit to Al-Baghdadi’s radical Islamic perspective, while implementing  a high-stakes  mentality. Al-Baghdadi asks that one either “join the Islamic caliphate, or to be killed”. Muslims have observed the dark misconstructions…

Bitchtopia Exclusive: An Interview with Bulletproof Stockings, the Chasidic Band for All Women

As anti-Semitism is on the rise all over the world, it’s unexpected to see a Chasidic women’s indie band being covered on every news station in the NY tri-state area. Perl Wolfe and Dalia Shusterman make up the band Bulletproof Stockings, which performs music for all women, by women, is making men feel excluded all…

Little Martyr

Here’s a copper drypoint etching I made called Little Martyr. Enraptured by the reclamation of the female body as artistic subject matter by feminist artists of the 1960s and 70s–particularly by the visceral physicality of pieces like Womanhouse–as well as by the idea of young martyrs (Joan of Arc, for one, but also Henry Darger’s Vivian girls),…

Sharpen your tongue.

Dear Angry Feminists, Flaming Homosexuals, Fellow Outliers, and Persecuted Minorities, Sharpen your tongue. You see, my best friend and roommate of a year and a half recently found Jesus. Hallelujah! Never mind that I am a godless heathen homosexual. Nonetheless, hallelujah! At first, I looked at him like he had three heads. How could he,…