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Love was something altogether different.

Esra is a Dutch medical student of Turkish origin. During one of the trips to her mom’s hometown men started to propose to her, sparking her to think…

Some overdue Linkage

To get you up to speed with all things Silk Ropey: – Autostraddle.com has an article up about homosexuals and transgenders in the early days of Islam. –…

To Drive or Not to Drive

Last Saturday Saudi Arabia saw a nationwide campaign for its women drivers. It’s not the first of its kind, but definitely the biggest in a few decades. While…

Your Veil is a Battleground – Phase Two

In this amazing series of photos Tehran based Kiana Hayeri explores the veil as an accessory, as one color on the pallet with which young Iranian women paint…

Sex Parties and the new Normal in Iran

A while ago we posted a link on the Silk Rope Facebook Page (go and like it if you haven’t done so yet) about the sex parties in…

Love and Sexuality Linkage:

Pooh, what a month. With a war around the corner in Syria, Egypt spiraling away from it’s revolutionary ideals towards violence and repression and the media being eerily…

Love Crimes of Kabul

While things were and will be much worse for women under Taliban rule, it does not mean women are free in Karzai’s Afghanistan. Witness Love Crimes of Kabul,…

Impossible to talk about

Now for something less serious. A clip of the Weekly Arab Corner, an Arab language column on the Youtube channel of Israeli medium InfoLive. The week’s topic is,…

The Dick List #1

There’s things we’d like to change about customs and traditions in our Silk Rope countries. While we can talk about them in the abstract (and we will), we…

In Words We Meet #4

We continue our Silk Rope poetry series with a poem written by Holland based Indian filmmaker and cultural expert Nandini Bedi. She told me that as a student…