In her first column for Ceasefire, Hana Riaz responds to ‘Why Do They Hate Us”, the controversial piece published last week by Egyptian-American journalist Mona Eltahawy.
“I do not want to be tolerated, or misnamed. I want to be recognized.”
— Audre Lorde
The problem with any –ism is that it splits you. It leaves you a division or shadow of who or what you really are. What remains are traces: aspects of your narrative, distortions in how they are told, and parts of yourself that you have to simply give up or leave at the front door– there is no room for all of you here. In this realm, even in spaces of ‘social justice’ or ‘activism’, the choice is limited: resign yourself to being non-existent or present halves, maybe thirds or quarters or eighths of yourself.
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