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Arranged Marriages Can Be Happy Marriages Too

Hana Shafi | Posted 12.03.2014 | Canada Living
Hana Shafi

My parents have been married for 25 years. They're different in a lot of ways, but their marriage has survived through the hardships of immigrating to a new country. You might not guess it, but my parents had an arranged marriage. The Western narrative of an arranged marriage is quite severe: A family forces their oppressed daughter to marry a man 20 years her senior and she sees him for the first time at the altar. But the truth is in the language -- arranged marriage is not the same as forced marriage.

Why Should I Apologize For Having a Complex Identity?

Hana Shafi | Posted 11.18.2014 | Canada Living
Hana Shafi

Girls like me are stuck between a rock and a hard place. Our critiques about, let's say, the misogyny within our community are so often co-opted by white Eurocentric feminism as a kind of "see, look, the oppressed brown women need us!" And at the same time, I don't want to silence myself from critiquing by own community just because I'm scared that some white feminists may twist my words.

Are Today's Facebook Haters Yesterday's Telephone Haters?

Rachel Ryan | Posted 09.22.2012 | Canada
Rachel Ryan

To all the anti-establishment hipsters lamenting technological advancement and the resulting popularity of social media: nostalgia for a bygone era is hardly avant-garde. Drastically different social norms are not an indication of societal "decline," but simply an indication of human nature's astounding ability to both create and adapt to change.