The Controversy of “La misère sexuelle”

  “What long seemed like the foreign spectacles of faraway places now feels like a clash of cultures playing out on the West’s very soil. Differences once defused by distance and a sense of superiority have become an imminent threat. People in the West are discovering, with anxiety and fear, that sex in the Muslim … More The Controversy of “La misère sexuelle”

A National Day Like No Other in the UAE

American Independence Day has nothing-I repeat nothing-on the United Arab Emirates’ National Day. I love the Fourth of July, because of the symbolism behind it and because, on the Eastern End of Long Island, it means high summer is in full swing. But Independence Day here is lowkey-parties, barbecues, a parade, lots of red, white … More A National Day Like No Other in the UAE

Celebs: Just Like Us?

American tabloid magazine US Weekly features a page called “Celebs: Just like Us?” with pictures of celebrities either living the high life or doing shockingly mundane things. Let’s do a Middle East version featuring the region’s superstars. NOT LIKE US! They drive a red version of the Batmobile, or at least pretend to. I mean, … More Celebs: Just Like Us?

Nogomi Fashions #12: Award gowns, concert gowns and Celebratory gowns galore

Shou akbarak?     It was a busy two weeks for Arab Fashionistas: Lebanon’s Radio Delta hosted the 2nd Delta Awards honoring Lebanese in the media at Les Talus in Beirut on July 22nd, which saw a performance by Maya Nehme and student dancers from her dance school. The Arouwad Awards took place at the Hilton … More Nogomi Fashions #12: Award gowns, concert gowns and Celebratory gowns galore

The Middle East and its Tolerance Towards the LGBTQ Community

Gay marriage and transgender acceptance have been hot topics in the United States recently, with the US Supreme Court voting to legalize gay marriage across all 50 states (Ireland beat us to it though) and transgender celebrities such as Caitlynn Jenner and Laverne Cox gracing magazine covers and headlines. Given that the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, … More The Middle East and its Tolerance Towards the LGBTQ Community

More than a Song: Domestic Violence Tackled in Elissa’s Ya Merayti

 Lebanese superstar Elissa’s most recent music video is also her most serious: “Ya Merayti” (“My Mirror”) features Elissa as a domestic abuse survivor. Shunning the romantic lovey-dovey storylines popular with Arab music videos the clip, shot on location in Serbia, brings to light a problem that is all too familiar for plenty of Arab women, yet, … More More than a Song: Domestic Violence Tackled in Elissa’s Ya Merayti

Nogomi Fashion #7: Illusion Netting, Sparkles and Tulle

the scene: this was an eventful week in the Middle East, with plenty of big events that drew the region’s celebrities. the Mawazine music festival kicked off in Rabat, Morocco: it draws both international stars like Jennifer Lopez, Avicci and Pharrell Williams and regional stars perform in this celebrated festival. The Middle East Music Awards took … More Nogomi Fashion #7: Illusion Netting, Sparkles and Tulle

Long Skirts VS Underwear: The Control of Women’s Bodies Continues

Dress codes come in all different shapes and sizes: some are strict and rigid, backed up by local laws or the rules of an establishment; others are more cultural ‘suggestions’ backed up by the frowns (and likely harassment) of a certain community. Dress codes serve different purposes: some are meant to unify; some are safety … More Long Skirts VS Underwear: The Control of Women’s Bodies Continues