Beliefs in magic, the evil eye, jinn and other occult practices are common-place in Jordan and throughout Islamic societies. The complex nature of magic beliefs positions them in the intersection of religion, superstition and the human desire to define and overcome the unknown. In this article Maggie Nazer takes on the challenge to tell a … Continue reading Jordan and the Occult: Understanding magic beliefs in the Middle East
This is the speech I presented as a panelist at the International Youth Conference in Krusevo, Macedonia this past September. Let me know what you think! 🙂 Hello everyone and thank you so much for having me on this panel today! I’d like to start my speech by sharing with you a bit about myself … Continue reading Freedom at school: is it possible?
I am 22 years old. I weight 52 kilograms. My height is 164cm (I’d like to think of myself as “petite”, although I’m perhaps too tall for it). I do think of myself as attractive. The size of my breasts is not ideal, but I’ve long ago come to terms with it. Of course, every … Continue reading Manufacturing Female Anxiety
The “sexing” of bodies is inevitably a social process whereby certain bodies are categorized as pertaining to men, while others- to women. The “in-between” remains invisible, concealed by the widely-accepted notion that there are only two “regular” ways of existing: either being male, or female. Within this context, social power dictates not only the assignment … Continue reading Desire and Pleasure of the (Un)Sexed Body
This is an academic research paper written for my class "Sociology of Gender" at Middlebury College. If you have any feedback, please, use the comments section under the article! Happy reading! M. From a sociological perspective masculinity is everything but “innate” and “ahistorical”. The definition of “manhood” is socially constructed by culture. In the words … Continue reading A Bulgarian “Guyland”
More than a century ago, Oscar Wilde stated what may seem an eternal truth. “Everything is about sex except for sex. Sex is about power,” he wrote. But what power could this be? As Marx posits, “The ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas” and “the ideas of those who … Continue reading Marxism in the Bedroom
This is a sociology paper for my Society and the Individual Class taught by the great Jamie MacCallum 🙂 Durkheim and the reign of monogamy I started practicing polyamory three years ago in an attempt to free myself of the unbearable attachment, dependency and conditionality that came with monogamous relationships. Needy, shattered and incapable to … Continue reading The Reign of Monogamy
“Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.” Oscar Wilde has got it right. Sex is a complex social issue which embodies layers of hard-to-handle gender and social status controversy. Adding politics of race in the equation only serves to further on heat up the already problematic topic of sexuality. … Continue reading Race in Sex