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The Way They See Our Bodies.


If I walked into a family gathering showing ('revealing') that extra centimetre of skin, I'd be condemned.

If I walked into a community event, I'd be labelled as dressing 'provocatively.'

If I sat in a room with my father or brother, I'd be asked to cover it as not to be disrespectful. But you see, it's just skin.
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On Being Open Online.


I've been thinking a lot about how I am so willingly open and honest about myself on Twitter in a way that I struggle to be in person. As I begin to unpack this, I realise that it is easier for me to share my problems in a space where I feel like people are not compelled to respond. The idea of throwing someone into a situation where they automatically feel as if they must sympathise or offer advice makes me feel quite uncomfortable. If I am to share something, it is not because I want to have a dialogue about it but instead because I need to speak it into existence as not to give it anymore precedence in my body. Tweeting is a means of lessening the burden without necessarily being equivalent to a conversation. I think that the conception of this makes it easier for me to candidly share my thoughts as they come, without having to pause and contemplate the repercussions of the ways that they may make people feel.
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The Perception of Women in Pakistani Culture.


You need to learn to cook.’
Why?
So you can cook for your husband.
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