5. The Newly Weds. The couple will be watched like hawks. They are in the most unfortunate position. If they look too happy it will cause an uproar…Read More
Living half your life in the West and the other half in the East would render one ripe for an identity crisis...Read More
Declarations such as “shame on them”, “I’d rather my daughter died than bring dishonour to the family”, “she must’ve dabbled in black magic to brainwash that poor boy”, and “I hope they’re found and shamed publicly” were made with great gusto, and to my adolescent brain, conjured up horrific visions which nearly made me throw up my dinner...Read More
I grew up with the naive idea that there was only one way to get married – someone special asks you whether you want to get married to them, you say yes, you are engaged and then you have a wedding sometime in the near future. What happened in reality was a bit different.Read More
In my native Spain, children at age six could drink 1/4 strength wine. At 16, you went to full strength. In Hawai’i when I was flying, it was “Hey, bruddha, can you drink with us?” Likewise, on Guam, the test would be handing someone a 5 dollar bill and asking them to go buy a 6-pack of beer...Read More
It is overwhelmingly apparent to me that, worldwide, there is a gender bias, generally pro-male and generally negative towards females.Read More
What happens behind closed doors between an unmarried man and a woman “is a matter of function”, however when the tables are turned, it becomes a matter of honor. Somehow, society takes collective action to cast verdicts on female honor, which keep her from realizing her own worth...Read More
Welcome to our newest theme!
Gender issues affect us all, regardless of our borders. This month, united, we look at the misconceptions, the pain, the triumphs and the lessons that have impacted our team.
To our transgender friends, we would love to represent you in this issue. If you have a third-culture story to share, have a look at our guidelines and please send your article in to firstname.lastname@example.org
(From Sri Lanka, Dubai & Australia. Living in Melbourne)
I have a Chinese-Malaysian mother and a Ugandan father, I’m two parts of two continents, but since most people can’t guess that - I’m a black woman to them...Read More
One ‘wedding success’ metric - and an indicator of societal-actualization - is how many events you can throw. Rather than having a single event (fewer events would require fewer hours of mental strain – which reach levels akin to that of interrogation methods utilized by intelligentsia), you have events in multiples of 3 or 4...Read More
Growing up in Pakistan and Malaysia, navigating the fine line between culture and religion caused me a fair amount of grief and I found it difficult to watch respected members of society engage in archaic and detrimental cultural practices in the name of Islam.Read More
This guy really is just passing the time, I deduce from his gestures, intonation, and eye contact. He has bigger fish to fry, women to (attempt to, at the least) seduce, beers to guzzle, joints to roll, greasy kebabs to inhale at ungodly hours, and throbbing Sunday morning headaches to nurse. He would rather talk about prostates and pension funds than hear what I’ve got to say...Read More
I grew up in Pakistan, where one’s life’s trajectory is comfortably pre-ordained: one must get a tertiary education at a reputable institution, during or following which one must get married and “settle down”, and then, of course, oblige one’s in-laws by producing a strategically interspersed brood of obedient children...Read More