Zinaphobia: Our Love-Hate Relationship With Sex

By Nurul Fadiah Johari _ We live in a society that loves and hates sex at the same time. We love, desire and want to possess it, and yet, we loathe, fear and reject it all the same. And we would do what it takes to assuage our own insecurities towards it, especially through the…

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Editor’s Letter: Sexuality

Cover Your Eyes! I watched Titanic for the first time at home with my parents. Jack and Rose are running, a respectable bourgeois lady and working-class man, away from the assistant of her insufferable, arrogant fiance. Rose with her tight ginger curls free from the usual chignon with her wild glittering eyes. Leonardo still baby-faced…

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Beyond the Hijab Goes Offline!

Beyond the Hijab will be organising our very first offline event, to thank you for your support and contributions! Here’s a chance for you to meet the team, our writers and discuss issues that affect us all. Also find out how you can get involved with Beyond the Hijab! Event details Date: Saturday, 1 December…

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Statement: Feminists for A Binding Treaty on Transnational Corporations

Beyond the Hijab joins over 350 feminist organizations and networks in calling for a binding treaty on transnational corporations. See the statement below. Sign onto the statement here: bit.ly/F4BTStatement We the undersigned feminists, women’s rights groups and civil society allies from all over the world call on governments to support the legally-binding instrument on transnational…

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Mercy To All Creations: The Muslim LGBT’s dilemma in Religious Spaces

by Zuby Eusofe _ As Muslims, when it comes to religious spaces, the best place is the mosque. A sacred place where every Muslim goes to be one with Allah. A place of seeking peace and calm in a serene environment where you can go into the holistic vortex of communication with Allah. But not…

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Not Muslim Enough

by Marina Rosli _ For most of my life, Islam felt like conditional love: I had no right to call myself a Muslim (nor would others call me one) because I hardly prayed, am not too concerned about halal food, constantly challenged longstanding interpretations of the religion and questioned the existence and validity of certain…

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If Every Nook and Cranny Could Speak

by Shaf Ghani The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “The whole earth is a masjid (mosque). Except for the graveyards and the washrooms.” Never have I thought that this would spur real-life creativity and innovation. To be able to pray anywhere except graveyards and washrooms. The possibilities seem to be endless. Is it really…

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Editor’s Letter: Religious Spaces

by Diana Rahim _ When I was an undergraduate, I don’t think I missed a prayer if I could help it. My university had a prayer room for its students. All you had to do was to bring your card to an office tucked obscurely in the basement of a building and requested them to…

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Statement of support for proposed removal of marital immunity for rape

As women’s and social sector groups in Singapore, we are very pleased to welcome the proposal to fully remove marital immunity for the offences of rape and sexual penetration of a minor. This important and long awaited reform will make it possible to hold men who commit sexual violence against their wives accountable under the…

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A Story of How She Died

by Raudah Abdul Rashid _ [content warning for partner abuse and violence] Her name was *Siti Ainun. This is a story of how she died. Siti was a 20-year old woman who learnt from a young age to be independent, to rely on herself. As a quiet child growing up amongst siblings and step-siblings, Siti…

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