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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Malaysian Dramas: Put A Ring On It

By Ham It’s barely ten minutes past seven and I’ve already lost my appetite. It’s taking all of my willpower not to throw my dinner plate at the screen. My mother is seated across from me, passively taking in the sight. The female lead argues in a half-assed manner, “If you can’t respect me as…

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How to throw a party in a hijab

By anonymous I. The Period Party The Muslim equivalent of the legal drinking age is when a woman has her period for the first time. It is when you become truly human, Woman so when I first had my period: I heard that God started a countdown. I heard there was a party involved. I heard…

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The Sacred Self

By Nurul Fadiah Johari I have a memory of my little sister going through circumcision. It is all vague to me now. I was 4, and she was a baby. I only remember being brought over to the house of an old masseuse who provided my mother with post-natal care. I remember hearing my sister,…

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The Problem of Sunat Perempuan

By Filzah Sumartono So I was talking to my friend the other day and I brought up the issue of sunat perempuan or female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C). And my friend seemed pretty nonchalant about it. Yeah, well…it’s something that is done when the child is very young, all kids have to do it, right? –…

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The Pain of Remembering

By Zuby Eusofe I was six years old when I was forced to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) aka sunat perempuan. I was in a deep sleep and all of a sudden, I felt a sharp prick on my clitoris. I was shocked, clueless and traumatised. I didn’t know what was happening to me. When…

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My Body Is Not Mine – A Muslim woman’s commentary on body autonomy

By Zarifah Anuar When I was two weeks old, my mother handed me over to her bidan (traditional midwife), my grand-aunt, to be circumcised. She did not witness the procedure, and did not know exactly what was done to me. To her, the sunat was an act that all Muslims, regardless of gender, had to…

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Leave Them Alone

By Zubaida Ali When my daughters were born, I made the decision not to have them circumcised. Female circumcision is one of the most puzzling birth rituals in Muslim society. It has no health or aesthetic value whatsoever. Circumcision was usually performed by a traditional midwife but now it is performed by a medical doctor at the…

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Let’s Talk About “Sunat Perempuan”

By Afiqa Ab Rahman Recently I attended a workshop where participants from Singapore, Malaysia, India, and Thailand shared their experiences and discussed about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Variations of the term include Female Genital Cutting (FGC) or “Sunat Perempuan”. It was intriguing to hear the experiences and research findings from various countries. But what intrigued…

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In commemoration of International Day of Zero Tolerance from Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) on 6 February, Beyond the Hijab will be running a 6-part series of blog posts by women living in Singapore about their thoughts and reflections on the practice of female circumcision in Singapore. Let’s Talk about “Sunat Perempuan” Leave Them Alone My Body…

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