Heina Dadabhoy's Posts

Top 4 Myths About Being a Skepchick

Top 4 Myths About Being a Skepchick

4. We get paid to be Skepchicks. There are many, many benefits to being a Skepchick that I can’t name here: brand recognition, a platform with a built-in audience, a private and public support system of cool people, the opportunity to attend conferences as a speaker even when you’re starting out as a nobody with a big mouth, and so on. We do earn some ad revenue (thanks, Rebecca!) but ... »

Susan Jacoby

Women in Secularism: Interview with Susan Jacoby

Photo Credit: Chris Ramirez Women in Secularism 3 is only five weeks away. The speakers list includes, in addition to myself, our very own Amy and Debbie as well as the previously-interviewed Lindsay Beyerstein. Today, I am honored to present my interview with Susan Jacoby. To call her an accomplished freethinking writer and journalist would be an understatement. Personally speaking, her book, Fre... »

Unveiled: A Look Back on the Hijab

Unveiled: A Look Back on the Hijab

I, along with two other former Muslim women (Marwa Berro of Between a Veil and a Dark Place and Reem Abdel-Razek), recently spoke with Valerie Tarico about our experiences with the hijab. This is a cross-post of my interview with her. Tarico: How long did you wear hijab, and what did it mean to you at the time? Dadabhoy: I wore hijab for a decade (ages 8 to 18). I started wearing it because I was ... »

Kamala Khan's clenched fist

An Invitation to Read Ms. Marvel with Us!

Join Dale of Mad Art Lab along with me in our conversation about the next issue of Ms. Marvel (available at comic book stores or through Comixology). We will be having the conversation this Wednesday, March 19th, at 7pm PDT, the day the comic is slated for release. We’ll be using Google Hangouts on Air and will be on for about half an hour. You can view it via Youtube both during and after t... »

Women in Secularism: Interview with Lindsay Beyerstein

Women in Secularism: Interview with Lindsay Beyerstein

Women in Secularism 3 is coming up this May. The speakers list includes many admirable, accomplished women with whom I am humbled to be billed (including our very own Amy and Debbie). One of them is Lindsay Beyerstein, an accomplished journalist and all-around interesting person, as I found out last Skepticon. Without further ado, I present her comments on journalism, photography, conferences, and... »

screenshor of the FAFSA website

On Ungrateful Brats: Are College Students Really Adults?

The Rachel Canning case has set off a social media shitstorm, to say the least. Yesterday morning, a judge denied the preliminary request made by the teenager who sued her parents for support, and most commenting on the case have made it clear that they think that she is a spoiled brat. One of the most common criticisms that I have seen levelled against the young woman is the idea that because she... »

More Transmisogyny From Grantland

More Transmisogyny From Grantland

EDIT: The original version of this piece assumed that the piece on Crash was written in response to the recent Oscars rather than the 2012 ones. The references have been corrected. [Content Notice for Whorephobia & Transmisogyny] If profiting from the suicide of a trans woman isn’t enough, why not justify it with a long screed about how hard your feelings are hurting without paying much ... »

a homeless man sleeping on the streets

Guest Post: There’s More Than One Way for a Person to Be Illegal

Note: Ed Cara at Grumbles & Rumbles and Alexandra Brodky at Feministing (as well as many others) covered the issue of the rape and kidnapping victim who was arrested from a feminist, anti-rape perspective. One perspective that I found to be missing from the conversation is that of the homeless. When I engaged on the matter, it seemed that many did not quite grasp what it is like to be homeless... »

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