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[27 Jun 2012 | 2 Comments | ]
When Getting Your Period Means Missing More than Gym Class

Kirsti Shields
United States
“Today’s young girls will teach the next generation about puberty, sexuality, and reproductive health. The conspiracy of silence will have been broken.”
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When my friend’s daughter got her first period last week, her mother bought her a bouquet of flowers. This isn’t what my mother would have done - we acknowledged such biological rites of passage in far more understated ways – but it was an apt and affirming tribute to what is – and should be – an auspicious landmark on the road to womanhood. My friend’s daughter was …

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[26 Jun 2012 | No Comment | ]
Report Back: Aquila Ismail Book Signing

-By Corinne Mitchell
Administration and Outreach Manager
As you may have heard if you live in the D.C. area, Peace X Peace hosted a book signing event on Wednesday, June 13 for Aquila Ismail, author of  Of Martyrs and Marigolds.  The event featured a reading by the author of select passages, a short Q&A session, a book signing, and light refreshments.  The intimate gathering was generously hosted by our Board Chairwoman Gail Montplaisir at her beautiful apartment overlooking the Capitol, and it was one of several Ismail attended before heading home to …

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[26 Jun 2012 | No Comment | ]
Why Noblesse Oblige Isn’t Enough

Elizabeth Barrett
United States

“On any given day, new people are born into varied circumstances all around the world.  They may arrive into a poor family in Yemen or a wealthy one in Manhattan – through no intention of their own.”
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Bay Area writer Michael Lewis’s recent Princeton commencement address has attracted a lot of attention. He told the privileged college graduates that luck plays a huge role in success and accomplishment in life.
Lewis is absolutely right that it takes resources and connections to be successful, and that people who have them should …

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[25 Jun 2012 | 4 Comments | ]
Muslim Feminists on the Internet

Sadia Ali
Middle East

“…while one can maintain that Islam as a religion may not need feminism, when it comes to predominantly Muslim societies in which patriarchal systems prevail, many will argue that feminism is needed.”
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About seven years ago I was introduced to the Blogosphere and began following the blogs of Muslims who discussed a variety of topics from halal food to polygamy. I live in the Middle East region, and from the blogs of Western Muslims I saw an obvious difference between the way Islam is practiced by Muslims living in …

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