A Veiled Question I Get Asked Often

By Zubaida Ali One question that I get asked now and again is “Are you Malay?”, and in case I missed the meaning of that, the person asking clarifies “you don’t look like a Malay.” Although seemingly innocent and often dismissed as one of the peculiarities of a multi-cultural society, this statement is loaded with…

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Hello, I Do Not Have All the Answers

a.k.a. Do I Look Like a Walking Information Counter? By Nur Diyana When I decided that I wanted to wear the tudung, I imagined that my father would be furious. He was. To this day, I romanticise the premise of my decision to rebel against him. That, however, is not the standard textbook answer that…

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The Why and Why Not of Being an Indian Muslim Woman

By Nurul Huda When I was a girl of age 7, understanding only a fraction of what it meant to be a woman, I attended primary school, dizzy with the possibility of learning and socializing, eager to meet other girls I could call friend. But, I was rather quiet and shy back then, and so,…

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My Life is Not Mine – Intruding on young women’s personal lives

By Zarifah Anuar I’m not too fond of Hari Raya. I guess quite a lot of good things come out from it – great food, an excuse to bring out all my gorgeous baju kurungs, money from distant relatives who think I’m still schooling – but there are also so many things to dread, like…

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Social Media Intrusion: The Empathy Myth

By Nurul Fadiah Johari Over the past few years since becoming more active on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, I started noticing a few trends. People seem to “know” about your private life without having to ask you about your day, and people form various prejudgments about you without even having met you.…

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March is International Women’s month and to celebrate this we will be running a 5-part blog series on “Questions Muslim Women Get Asked”. Muslim women in Singapore face a barrage of questions and comments everyday from the people around them, especially from members of the community. This blog series will share the experiences and thoughts of…

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