Mona Eltahawy and me, Aspen Ideas Festival 2013

Hear Women Speak On Women [A Small Rejoinder To My Privilege]

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I have tons of stories from Aspen, but only one I’d like to share in this space. After former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, US diplomat Richard Haass, and Egyptian journalist Mona Eltahawy went at it onstage (verbally), everyone started to clutter around their favorite. While I didn’t see too many people around Haass, the room was evenly divided between …

The Power of We: In The Memory of Malala Yousafzai [On Thinking Globally] #BAD12

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Have you ever felt like the things you do in the classroom connect to some other, higher purpose? Sometimes. When I read about stories like Malala Yousafzai’s, it puts everything I do in the classroom in its proper perspective. For those of you who are unaware, Malala’s shown up in the news recently after Taliban rebels tried to assassinate her …

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On Rape [Where An Educator Stands]

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I will confirm first and foremost that I do know women who have been raped, momentarily dispossessed from their bodies by a sexually deviant aggressor. As a listener, I can’t sit there and try to empathize because “I understand” is completely false. I don’t. I’ve never had that happen to me. While the act of rape isn’t limited to women, …