Female Smoking in Jordan: the construction of women as a “Dangerous Class”

Not long ago coffee shops in Jordan were attended only by males, while women spent their leisure time within the confines of the home where they could be protected and supervised by relatives and neighbors. These times are now changing, although many women from religious or rural background do not enjoy the same freedoms as their more liberal, urban counterparts who take pleasure in walking around the many shopping malls in Amman and frequent its numerous coffee shops. Underneath the preoccupations with women’s respectability and morality surfacing in the discourse against female smoking is a desire to suppress the transformation of women’s status in Jordanian society.

Sigara wa Kass (1955): a gendered portrayal of addiction, pleasure and productivity in Egyptian cinema

In her seminal work, The Resisting Reader (1978), Judith Fetterley argues for the need to challenge dominant readings of literature by producing new, “resisting” readings of classical texts as a way to change their impact on us and to make their agendas palpable (Fetterley, 1978). Some of Fetterley’s main contributions are her arguments that for … Continue reading Sigara wa Kass (1955): a gendered portrayal of addiction, pleasure and productivity in Egyptian cinema

„Кой можеше да си помисли?“: смесените бракове по време на социализма в България като предизвикателство срещу социалните норми, дързост на въображението и ключ към други светове

За смесените бракове по време на социалистическия период в България почти не съществуват исторически източници. Дълбочинните интервюта с хора, живели по това време и имащи отношение по темата, биха могли да запълнят празнините в съществуващите исторически знания и да ни разкрият цяло богатство от малко известни детайли за ежедневието, социалните отношения и възприятията, които едва ли можем да си набавим по друг начин. Биографичното не само има място в историята, но и й дава плът.

Jordan and the Occult: exploring magic beliefs in the Middle East

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 multifaceted story about the intriguing and controversial subject of magic beliefs in the Middle East.

Immersion Academy: a case study in creating an alternative school experience

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 Immersion Academy: a case study in creating an alternative school experience

Manufacturing Female Anxiety

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

Desire and Pleasure of the (Un)Sexed Body

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

A Bulgarian “Guyland”

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”