Naked Face and Bare Feet: Language and the Body

by Atifa Othman _ There I was, bare feet and naked face, drenched in salty sweat after a 1-hour workout. I was a regular at that gym and I always tried to make it a point to look approachable and friendly. I never had a problem frequenting exercise spaces on my own (apart from the…

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What Happens When Your Body Is Not Your Own

by Aria Ridzuan My body is not my own. Growing up in a Malay Muslim household, it took me a while before I realized that my body was not my own. Since young, my body has been policed by everyone around me; my self-worth reduced to my physical appearance as though I had nothing else…

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Of Boobs and Babat: A Story About My Body

by Raudah __ As a plus-size woman, body image is an inner demon that I have fought, lost and have a love-hate relationship with over the years. Heck, sometimes we have brunch on weekends.  I dislike my body. Everything is too much; my feet are too big and I am not able to buy cute…

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Editor’s Letter: Body Image

This editor’s letter is guest-written by Nurul Huda Rashid _ Pertumbuhan tubuhku / Seeds & the Soil   I was in primary school when I was made aware of the darkness of my skin. Its hairiness was identified as ‘gorilla’ and  I was told that I could never be as beautiful as a ‘Malay’ girl. The…

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The Journey of a Single, Unwed Mother

by Rahayu Natalya _ Being a single unwed mother is a challenge on its own. Being a single unwed mother in our country and in the community is a harder challenge altogether.  My journey has not been an easy one. It’s been a roller coaster ride from the moment I found out I was pregnant…

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The persistence of loneliness

by Sasnidar _ Everyone is born in this world has a story or journey of their own. This piece may have similarities to your own or maybe it is a knowledge that some of you might never know exists. * It hurts. it really does hurt her. It tires her down. Consistently being the punching…

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