Posts Tagged ‘Egyptian women’

Marwa Rakha for HE Magazine: HAVING A KID WILL RUIN YOUR MARRIAGE!

Marwa Rakha for HE Magazine: HAVING A KID WILL RUIN YOUR MARRIAGE!

You are angry with your parents for not talking to you about any of this! You are angry at those who blame you for being unhappy or ungrateful! You are angry at social norms, traditions, Egypt, and Egyptian women! You... (Continue reading)

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Bikya Masr interviews Marwa Rakha: Women, Quotas and Egyptian Society

Bikya Masr interviews Marwa Rakha: Women, Quotas and Egyptian Society

In an ideal world the quota should be removed! The quota is an insult, actually. Treating women as politically handicapped individuals is clear discrimination. But then again, we live in the real world where a lot of men – trying... (Continue reading)

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No revolution for Egyptian women

No revolution for Egyptian women

Now the revolution is over and everything is back to normal. Attitudes towards women have not been affected by the historic victory. After the revolution, how many girls decided to move out of their family homes and become fully independent?... (Continue reading)

#internationalwomenday #IWD #womensrights #feminism #genderME The Social Conditioning of Women

#internationalwomenday #IWD #womensrights #feminism #genderME The Social Conditioning of Women

I have been angry at men, society, women, publishers, censorship, the government, and injustice in general. Today I am going to share with you more anger! My dear women, you have been brainwashed and reformatted into abandoning true womanhood. You... (Continue reading)

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HEY YOU! ARE YOU HIS SLAVE?

HEY YOU! ARE YOU HIS SLAVE?

I was reading an article about the nature of the Master/Slave relationship and I found out that most male/female relationships in Egypt – and probably in the Arab world – are a replica of Master/Slave relationships. The “female slavery contract” is... (Continue reading)

An email from a girl to all my readers

"One day you are your father's property. One day you are your husband's property. It must be difficult."... (Continue reading)

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Do Egyptians have a natural aversion towards women?

Do Egyptians have a natural aversion towards women? Zeinobia is very unhappy with this emerging social trend, Mohaly is wondering where we are going with segregation, Diptychal wonders why they want to shut them up, and Eman Hashim is begging... (Continue reading)

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CAMPUS MAGAZINE: I AM NOT A FEMINIST!

People who meet me for the first time, people who read my book, people who read my articles, people who listen to or watch my shows, people who interview me, and people who talk about me - why do they... (Continue reading)

When is Divorce a bad idea?

When is Divorce a bad idea?

I have been married since 2000 and I have a 7 year old daughter and a newly born baby boy. I am a university graduate but I have never worked before. My husband is in the media industry and he... (Continue reading)

MARWA RAKHA: AUDIO BOOK: THE POISON TREE – PLANTED & GROWN IN EGYPT

MARWA RAKHA: AUDIO BOOK: THE POISON TREE – PLANTED & GROWN IN EGYPT

Marwa Rakha's first book - The Poison Tree - planted & grown in Egypt - has become Egypt's first literary audio book in English. Narration: Marwa Rakha. ... (Continue reading)

HEY YOU! AN EASY GUIDE TO LOSING YOUR WIFE TO ANOTHER MAN

 HEY YOU! AN EASY GUIDE TO LOSING YOUR WIFE TO ANOTHER MAN

HEY YOU! AN EASY GUIDE TO LOSING YOUR WIFE TO ANOTHER MAN ... (Continue reading)

CAMPUS MAGAZINE: SIN … SINNING … SINNER

Let me rephrase that - How many times did you sin against yourself? ... (Continue reading)

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كم مرة أذنبت؟ كم مرة أذنبت فى حق نفسك؟

كم مرة أذنبت ؟ لأ خلينى أقولها بشكل تانى .. كم مرة أذنبت فى حق نفسك ؟... (Continue reading)

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CAMPUS MAGAZINE: A Woman Without Her Man Is Nothing

CAMPUS MAGAZINE: A Woman Without Her Man Is Nothing

Now you know why your father smothered your freedom ... if you get too comfortable at his home you will never want to get married and he will be stuck with your responsibility forever.... (Continue reading)

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Egypt: Damsels in Distress

Wandering Scarab does not believe that Egyptian women know what they really want; their actions demonstrate that they don't really want equality or freedom; they do not even know what freedom is; they want to be free within cages of... (Continue reading)

Egypt: Egyptian Male Blogger Orders Artificial Hymen

When Radio Netherlands broadcasted an Arabic translation of the Artificial Virginity Hymen kit, when Youm7 newspaper announced that the product will be available on the Egyptian market for LE 83, when conservative parliament members in Egypted wanted the product banned... (Continue reading)

Egypt: Amending the marriage certificate to protect rape victims

Amending the marriage certificate to protect rape victims ... (Continue reading)

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Kim for Whazzup Egypt: Book Review: The Poison Tree – Planted and Grown in Egypt

Kim for Whazzup Egypt: Book Review: The Poison Tree – Planted and Grown in Egypt

This book is worth reading if you are interested in human behavior or are visiting Egypt and would like to know a little more about people you will encounter. But, I would highly recommend the book to any non-Egyptian girl/woman/lady planning... (Continue reading)

Egypt: Bloggers call for a fun-filled harassment-free Eid

As Eid Al Fitr approaches, women in Egypt are bracing themselves for even more sexual harassment than what has already become a disturbing norm. Bloggers and online activists are also joining forces to fight the phenomenon, calling for a fun-filled... (Continue reading)

Arab Women… Minors Until They Die

Though blessed with inner strength that enables them to deal with the shackles of their culture, some Arab women are dealt with as minors who will never reap the fruits of adulthood. Egyptian bloggers Fantasia's World, Dalia Ziada, Asser Yasser,... (Continue reading)

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FREE DOWNLOAD: THE POISON TREE – PLANTED & GROWN IN EGYPT (ENGLISH EDITION)

FREE DOWNLOAD: THE POISON TREE – PLANTED & GROWN IN EGYPT (ENGLISH EDITION)

This is a book about love, marriage, divorce, sex, dating, virginity, adult dating, religion, shame, taboos, gender wars and fear that grew and blossomed on my poison tree. Dedicated to every female trying to break free and to every male who... (Continue reading)

Egypt: Heba Mohammed Najeeb – between a rock and a hard place

Between those who support her right to choose and those who urge her to conform to traditions and Saudi law, 27-year-old EgyptianHeba Najeeb is trapped between a rock and a hard place.... (Continue reading)

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CAMPUS MAGAZINE: A RELATIONSHIP IS BAD FOR YOU WHEN …

50. You wish you could push a delete button and that person, your memories, and your pain would just vanish (there is no delete button ... we all know that! But there is a delete and block button that helps... (Continue reading)

Egyptian Women and a Fresh Outlook on Divorce

Divorce has always been a stigma in the Egyptian society. Today, the winds of change are blowing this away. In this post, Marwa Rakha follows conversations on Egyptian blogs which show what is being done to right a wrong situation.... (Continue reading)

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CAMPUS MAGAZINE: WANTED: A FATHER FOR MY CHILD

As if finding a husband for me was not a difficult enough task, and as if great guys grew on trees, I decided to make my life a bit more complicated by throwing the "father ingredient" into the "husband mix".... (Continue reading)

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CAMPUS MAGAZINE: I GAVE YOU A MONTH!

On my desktop, I have two sidebar icons: A calendar and a clock. In my head, somewhere in the depths of my twisted brain, I have the same two icons: A biological calendar and a biological clock that count the... (Continue reading)

Recorded Advice: I do not like Egyptian Girls

Recorded Advice: I do not like Egyptian Girls

That's why I can't fall in love with any Egyptian girl easily.. and even when I felt some admiration for a girl, I failed to make it love because she thinks it's inappropriate to talk to guys.... (Continue reading)

Novelist Marwa Rakha on women and breaking ranks with the mainstream

Novelist Marwa Rakha on women and breaking ranks with the mainstream

In her semi-autobiographical novel, Rakha spoke about personal and intimate experiences which above all reflected some of the rights violations and emotional distress that women in a patriarchal society endure. Despite focusing on women's issues, she refused to be labelled... (Continue reading)

Recorded Advice: Why don’t you get married and wear a scarf?

Recorded Advice: Why don't you get married and wear a scarf?

My sister used to live with me in the Stated, last year she decided to move back to Egypt. She is 27 years old. She is been home now for about 9 month and she is faceing a huge problem.... (Continue reading)

CAMPUS MAGAZINE: MARRIAGE = LEGAL PROSTITUTION

Disclaimer: This article is not targeted at those who get married because they want to share a life with a person they love, trust, and respect. I am not talking about the few who have shared goals and want to... (Continue reading)

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Recorded Advice: I am tired of playing games!

Recorded Advice: I am tired of playing games!

im 32 yrs old i feel that in all my relationships im the wrong person im very honest and direct and a bit openminded but i realized that for a relationship to work i have to lie and be dishonest... (Continue reading)

Egypt: April 18 Declared Anti-Harassment Day

A Facebook campaign calling for a silent demonstration on April 18 against the harassment of women and girls in Egypt is slowly gathering momentum. The call for allowing Egyptian women to move around in safety in their country, was sparked... (Continue reading)

My First Cover: Interview for Expat’s Guide

My First Cover: Interview for Expat’s Guide

Me : A lot of people may think that you're so westernized. For instance, if she decides to dress in a certain way that does not line up with her father's principles, do you think she would ever go out... (Continue reading)

Loudly and Freely

Loudly and Freely

A.A: What was the most difficult problem you faced with your readers? and have you ever regretted giving a specific solution for a problem? Marwa: The most difficult problems are the ones that the person does not want to overcome.... (Continue reading)

CAMPUS MAGAZINE: Drifting Apart

What Women Want on a Freaky Friday and Vice Versa. This is the answer to all those couples who drift apart forgetting what brought them together in the first place. In those three movies a man got to be a... (Continue reading)

Egypt: Women turn to the Internet to fight taboos

Young middle and upper class Egyptian women resort to the internet to fight their battles against taboos. The BBC interviewed some of them and Mohamed Hamdy of Bloggers Times comments on the article. ... (Continue reading)

Egypt: Dalia Ziada urges Saudi Arabia to end discrimination against Muslim women

On the occasion of Prophet Mohamed's birthday, Egyptian blogger Dalia Ziada launches a campaign asking Saudi Arabia to end their discrimination against young Muslim women worldwide! Marwa Rakha reports on the initiative. ... (Continue reading)

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Egyptian -and Muslim- Girls between a Rock and a Hard Place

Egyptian women are trapped between who they are and who they are expected to be; they are required to live up to the expectations of their parents, families, colleagues, and later on, their husbands and children. In their attempt to... (Continue reading)

CAMPUS MAGAZINE: LETS PLAY HIDE AND SEEK

My first escape was mango - yes! As in fruit! I would escape a boring class or a paternal lecture by imagining a mango in my hand; the feel of its skin, its scent, and its color. Then I would... (Continue reading)

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Spoon Feeding by Dr. Rafik Nakhla

Spoon Feeding by Dr. Rafik Nakhla

I first met Marwa in the mid nineties when she was my student at the American University in the School of Continuing Education, previously known as the Center of Adult and Continuing Education, she later became a colleague instructor, trying... (Continue reading)

Egypt’s Leading Women

Egyptian women, like many other women, have great potential once they unleash their power. Eva habil, Passant Refaat, and Radwa Saad El Din are three women who took the lead in three different fields. Marwa Rakha has more in this... (Continue reading)

CAMPUS MAGAZINE: A Hell of a Marriage

I used to believe that people should get married because they are in love and because they want to share a life together. I also thought that those who got married for any other reason were on the wrong track... (Continue reading)

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Marwa Rakha: Through Nigerian Lenses

Marwa Rakha: Through Nigerian Lenses

Boldness? I tried so hard for 21 years of my life to mold myself into the "good girl image". I failed. From 21 to 28 I had continuous inner conflicts and dilemmas of figuring out who I am and what... (Continue reading)

Gilded Serpent: Love and Romance, Egyptian Style

Gilded Serpent: Love and Romance, Egyptian Style

Bravely baring her soul and laying her innermost fears on the altar of Truth as she sees it, the author gives us a rare glimpse into the inner workings of Love and Romance, Egyptian Style.... (Continue reading)

CAMPUS MAGAZINE: Is Pre-marital Sex for you?

I am sick and tired of people telling us what to do. I am trying hard to avoid turning into one of those people who dictate what is right and what is wrong - and people follow. My mission in... (Continue reading)

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Looking at Egypt’s First Female Mayor

Eva Habil, a 53 year-old Christian lawyer, became Egypt’s first female mayor on December 14, representing Komboha, a rural town in conservative Upper Egypt with a Coptic majority community. Yusra of Muslimah Media Watch wrote:... (Continue reading)

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Egyptian Spinsters

The outcasts of the Egyptian society - the spinsters - are raising their voices in an attempt to change how society views them. Khokha - the anonymous author of The daily diaries of a sinister spinister - says:... (Continue reading)

CAMPUS MAGAZINE: Rebound Relationships: Are you on the rebound? Or are you a Rebound?

I caught myself guilty of a series of rebound relationships and the worst part was that I had no idea that I was rebounding. Here I am emotionally drained and mentally consumed sharing with you my two cents on rebounds.... (Continue reading)

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Are Women making Egypt Poorer?

Women: Should they stay at home and raise kids or should they work and have a contribution? A controversial question that Fantasia's World tried to answer in her post: Are you making your country poorer?... (Continue reading)

Egypt: Mother incriminated in a case of FGM

On May 23, in a post titled The Victimization of Egyptian Women and Children, I quoted Fantasia - a girl who dreams of a better future for Egyptian women - who wrote about the new laws that were being discussed... (Continue reading)

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CAMPUS MAGAZINE: What if the SEX is not Good?

It got worse after women learnt how to read and write, got to work, and began mingling with men. In the old days women knew nothing but what their husbands taught them. Nowadays women know very well how to use... (Continue reading)

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Buy The Poison Tree – Planted & Grown in Egypt (Paperback)

Buy The Poison Tree – Planted & Grown in Egypt (Paperback)

The Poison Tree is not a traditional novel; it combines the techniques of blogging, journal-keeping, and formal writing while retaining one binding thought that keeps the story together; poison is the fertile ground that I, and many others, was born... (Continue reading)

CAMPUS MAGAZINE: I am not a Virgin

3) We live in a society that loves lies and is in love with liars ... you are better than them ... way better. ... (Continue reading)

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Why do Egyptians get Divorced?

Statistics show that 75,000 Egyptian couples got divorced in 2006/2007. Marwa Rakha brings up oline reactions to the phenomena in this post. ... (Continue reading)

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Young Egyptian Women Do Not Want to Work!

While some women are still struggling to prove themselves in the workplace, the young generation of Egyptian men and women seems to be taking different route. Marwa Rakha brings us the story of how young Egyptians told a television show... (Continue reading)

CAMPUS MAGAZINE: Hey you – yes you!

My dear reader ... Please do not get offended ... Please forgive me for what I am about to say ... I am writing this article because of you ... I am mad at you ...... (Continue reading)

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Mourning a sexually harassed Egypt – Part 2

Reuters published survey on sexual harassment in Egypt is still stirring angry responses from Egyptian bloggers. Marwa Rakha sheds light on more reactions in this post. ... (Continue reading)

Mourning A Sexually Harassed Egypt

think the 17% of women who have reported not being harassed on the streets either live under a rock & never come out, or are too ashamed to admit to it, or maybe think that saying it never happened... (Continue reading)

By Law, a Muslim man will not marry more than one Woman

By Law, a Muslim man will not marry more than one Woman

1) Sharee3a and Islam gave the man the right to get married to more than one woman .. 2, 3, 4 and the concubines - This is not a man this is an animal ... a horny bloodthirsty animal. A... (Continue reading)

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Walk like an Egyptian … Marry like an Egyptian

Why are Egyptian men so special? Why is marrying a foreigner shunned by society? And how difficult it is for an Egyptian woman married to a foreigner to obtain an ID card in Egypt? Marwa Rakha looks at the experiences... (Continue reading)

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TALES FROM AN EGYPTIAN HOUSEHOLD – THE MAID

TALES FROM AN EGYPTIAN HOUSEHOLD - THE MAID

"Yesterday, Saoudy was about to throw himself out of the window. He said he did not want to live anymore. His sisters were screaming and wailing. I begged him to come back inside and to remember God. I did not... (Continue reading)

The S-Word – Sex in a City in Egypt

The S-Word - Sex in a City in Egypt

Today a fellow writer, in a casual chat, asked me why girls refuse and adamantly resist getting intimate with their beau. He complained of the fact that girls feel that the s-word impacts the interest, or the lack of interest,... (Continue reading)

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CAMPUS MAGAZINE: HUH?

Take a snap shot of a Friday prayer or a Sunday sermon and you would be proud of the masses attending to God, but do they really know God? Do they truly believe? Do they live up to the essence... (Continue reading)

From the Diary of a Sinister Egyptian Spinster

Egyptian women have their own set of challenges, ranging from the right to marry themselves off to inequality in marriage and divorce rights. Marwa Rakha sheds light on the thoughts and writings of Eman - a self-confessed spinster. ... (Continue reading)

The Victimization of Egyptian Women and Children

Fantasia's World raises crucial issues that hold back the Egyptian society all together; namely women's rights, violence against women and children, and the general misconceptions of male-female relationships in the Egyptian society and in the Arab world. Marwa Rakha zooms... (Continue reading)

Maha Youssuf: Another Poisonous Book Hits Cairo Book Stores

Maha Youssuf: Another Poisonous Book Hits Cairo Book Stores

I wouldn't really classify it as a great read, nonetheless it's a new writing attempt that worth a stopover.... (Continue reading)

CAMPUS MAGAZINE: Relationships Warning: Do not date Egyptian Men!

After a year of suffering and utter misery, Sandy got a divorce ... and a son! A single foreign mother in Egypt could be quiet traumatizing. I asked her why she did not go back to her country; she told... (Continue reading)

CAMPUS MAGAZINE: Move in or Move on

Now I own a home and one day I will have a boyfriend who will make it past the first month. What if he makes it past the first six months? It is one thing to come and visit and... (Continue reading)

CAMPUS MAGAZINE: Why put all your Eggs in one Basket?

CAMPUS MAGAZINE: Why put all your Eggs in one Basket?

Like my multiple careers, I began juggling multiple partners. I have always complained of the scarcity of good men, yet I found myself attracted to four men at the same time. They have nothing in common but me. I have... (Continue reading)

Excuse me? Open What?

Excuse me? Open What?

“I am in an open relationship!” He said like a proud Egyptian declaring his American passport. “How do you mean?” I asked like a poor Egyptian who has never seen a map! I was not playing dumb; I seriously did... (Continue reading)

Women are like Ducks

Women are like Ducks

A few years back Shania Twain inspired me to sketch an analogy between men and shoes. At the time, I had settled for a very wrong pair of shoes; uncomfortable from the start, though highly maintained, they lost their allure... (Continue reading)

CAMPUS MAGAZINE: I am Half a Woman!

CAMPUS MAGAZINE: I am Half a Woman!

"A man should be responsible and a responsible man takes total and utter care of the needs of his woman."... (Continue reading)

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The Road to Hell is paved with a Mother’s Good Intentions

The Road to Hell is paved with a Mother’s Good Intentions

Being the daughter of an insectologist, I grew up playing with butterflies, examining mosquitoes, and studying the morphology of unheard of flies under the microscope. One day my father got me a silk worm – as a pet. With lots... (Continue reading)

CAMPUS MAGAZINE: The Virgin Prostitute!

So let's assume that we have a girl who is poor beyond poverty, more ambitious than Lady Macbeth, is paying her tuition fees, and is saving for her dowry. This girl chose the least trodden path as a means to... (Continue reading)

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The Witch Effect

The Witch Effect

I guess not! Today, women who have brains, character, and experience are treated the same way witches were treated in the dark ages. Girls, like me, who ask questions and who insist on being honest and straightforward are castaways in... (Continue reading)

CAMPUS MAGAZINE: In the Absence of Light … Darkness Prevails!

It was St. Valentine's Day in 2000 when I first heard "Losing my Religion". I was happily dancing to the beat until the lyrics hit me. My feet lost the rhythm and I came to a complete stop. How could... (Continue reading)

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The Narcissistic Jerk

The Narcissistic Jerk

Please do not take this letter personally; I neither mean insult nor injury. I am writing to you on behalf of all the females that I know, and those that I do not know. Who? You know who; the doormats.... (Continue reading)

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CAMPUS MAGAZINE: Look … but don’t you dare touch!

What is it this time that offset my safety valve? Was it a guy who started the lame nauseating right and wrong argument with me? Was it a girl who hid her actions in a cloak of virtue and self-righteousness?... (Continue reading)

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100 Tips for being a “GOOD GIRL” in Egypt

100 Tips for being a

100 Tips for being a "GOOD GIRL" in Egypt... (Continue reading)

Tic Toc! It’s the Biological Clock!

Tic Toc! It's the Biological Clock!

The world seemed to conspire against me when I got a call from my mom a few minutes later. After the usual hellos, in her adorable enthusiastic tone, my mom shared with me a brilliant idea; I am to find... (Continue reading)

Who wants men?!

Who wants men?!

Suddenly, all the women ran to the shore and screamed "Alien"! A boat docked on our beach and out came a hairy deformed creature that had ape-like features; his hair was tousled, his breath stunk, he had fungus under his... (Continue reading)

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The Peacock Syndrome

The Peacock Syndrome

Like peacocks, the infected men, acted as though they were pecking at food, with their heads to the ground and their tails above to draw attention to themselves. They were waiting for potential females to scurry over in hopes of... (Continue reading)

I am not mad at you – I am just done with you!

I am not mad at you - I am just done with you!

It is easy for anyone on the outside to tell Heba to just leave. But she knows how hard it is to break free from his chains. She worries about his reaction, she is not sure if she can face... (Continue reading)

Up-close and personal with Mr. BIG

Up-close and personal with Mr. BIG

He walks in a room with his head stuck up; his big smile covers layers of confidence alternating with other layers of high self-esteem. He is known for daring eye contact and can mesmerize you with a naughty gaze before... (Continue reading)

How to lose a Guy in 10 Days .. Egyptian Edition

How to lose a Guy in 10 Days .. Egyptian Edition

How to lose a Guy in 10 Days .. Egyptian Edition... (Continue reading)

Jerks …. Until proven Otherwise

Jerks .... Until proven Otherwise

I have been sitting on that sofa for more than an hour with the ever-so-familiar tear of uncertainty lingering between my eyelids, holding on to my damp eyelashes, and struggling to stay in place. A sense of heaviness grabbed my... (Continue reading)

Evanescence

Evanescence

Here goes my girlish dream of happily ever after ... to cherish and to hold vanished into thin air ... to love and to honor evanesced into dark vapors ... until death do us part is just an anagram of... (Continue reading)

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Unwrapping the Chocolate Bar!

Unwrapping the Chocolate Bar!

Sparky did not take much time thinking, "She is a slut; she is loose; she is easy; she cannot be trusted; she is not fit to be neither a wife nor a mother; she did it before marriage and she... (Continue reading)

Slap Slap ? that awful sound ? Clap Clap ? my baby let me down!

Slap Slap ? that awful sound ? Clap Clap ? my baby let me down!

Men are caught between what they like and what they want; they like the girls that their minds do not want and they want the girls that their hearts do not like. A typical example of this schizophrenic condition is... (Continue reading)

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