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Beyond the Headscarf: Let's Discuss Social Justice Issues Muslim Women Actually Care About

We're worried about discrimination, hate crimes, and racism.  Read more »

Meet the Feminist "Godless Congregation" Challenging Atheism's Bro-Culture

A Carl Sagan quote featured by Harvard's Humanist Hub, a feminist-minded secular community center.  Across the United States, the number of people who don’t consider themselves religious is rapidly rising—... Read more »

"Amira & Sam" is a Rom-Com That Deals With Immigration, Identity, and Love

Early in the new romantic comedy Amira & Sam, we are introduced to Amira, a Muslim Iraqi immigrant, as she tries to sell pirated DVDs on a corner in New York City. Read more »

"American Sniper" is Leading to an Uptick in Violent Anti-Muslim Threats

American Sniper is a massive commercial and critical success.  Read more »

Anti-Muslim Bus Ads in San Francisco Get an Update With Ms. Marvel

With her Ms. Marvel super powers, teenager Kamala Khan usually fights drug kingpins and supernatural villains. This week, her image is being used to combat Islamaphobia.  Read more »

Real-Life Nuns Are No Joke

Nuns are often portrayed as either evil or a joke—or in the case of this Nunzilla toy, both. Photo by Choking Sun.  Nuns get a bad rap. Until this year, my understanding of what nuns are like didn’... Read more »

The Vampire Vigilante

It’s clear that the first Iranian romantic-new-wave-vampire-pulp-spaghetti-western ultimately resists categorization. Read more »

The Misogynist Leader of an Influential Megachurch Sparks Protest

The misogynist leader of a Seattle-based megachurch is in hot water with former staff and members of his congregation. Read more »

The First TV Drama About an Arab American Family Debuts—And it's Got Some Problems

Anyone who grew up with an Arab father knows how tyrannical Middle Eastern men can be: they talk louder than anyone else in the room, make inappropriate jokes at the dinner table, and their flatulence will clear a room with after eating too much lamb (but only after all the guests have left). That... Read more »

Disney's Missteps on “Alice in Arabia” Show the Need for Complex Muslim Characters on TV

You may have heard of the classic story Alice in Wonderland. In the 1951 Disney film version of the Lewis Caroll tale, Alice finds herself in a newfound world, where she meets a cast of rude characters with outlandish customs, including a hookah-smoking caterpillar. Now what if... Read more »

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The Unbelievers: New Atheism and the Old Boys' Club

Women are God-fearing and don’t challenge institutions. Men, on the other hand, are skeptical and rational, and go out of their way to...

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Hot Under the Bonnet: The cooptation of Amish culture in mass-market fiction

Dubbed “Amish romance novels,” “Amish fiction,” or the more waggish “bonnet rippers,” these novels just one entry point into the varying images of Amish communities in U.S. popular culture. Read more »