Abuse, Asylum, and Agency

Abuse, Asylum, and Agency

On January 16th, CNN published an article about a handful Saudi women who decided to seek asylum in the US. Through the lens of these women’s experiences, the article explores some of the human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia, like male guardianship over women and the death penalty for atheism. The article also notes that the Saudi women featured might not fit the conventional mould of a refugee or asylum seeker, but that they faced sufficient danger in their home country to warrant an asylum application. Continue reading “Abuse, Asylum, and Agency”

Faceless. Voiceless. Less.

Faceless. Voiceless. Less.

Everyone hates discrimination. 

And everyone hates airports.

The inconvenience of taking your shoes off after untangling your laptop from a bramble bush of wires. The irritation of hearing loud but muffled announcements over a speaker system that is both everywhere and nowhere. The quiet humiliation of being randomly selected every time you show ID that shows a last name that starts with “AL-“.  Continue reading “Faceless. Voiceless. Less.”

Remembering My First Time

Beginning at the beginning. Or at least, at one beginning.

I still remember the first day that I had to wear an abaya. It was April. A few days after Easter. I stood in the square hallway between the kitchen and the back door, a small corridor that trapped heat from two directions. Slivers of sun spilled into the hall through the minuscule slits in the frame where the door had expanded and contracted too many times to meet the edges anymore. Continue reading “Remembering My First Time”