“Women Make the News” UNESCO and Al Jazeera International Women’s Day Event in Doha

By on Mar 8, 2017 in Gender in the Media, Women in the Middle East | 0 comments

Happy International Women’s Day! Today, I spoke at a special UNESCO and Al Jazeera Media Network event on Arab women’s representation in media. My speech and presentation discussed how women are portrayed generally in fiction and news media globally, and also delved into the cultural taboo that prevents many Qatari women from appearing in published visual media here (a topic I wrote about for Chime for Change in 2013). I had the pleasure of speaking alongside Dima Khatib (managing director of AJ+), Reem Al Harmi (a Qatari columnist), Sarah Al Derham (artist and teaching assistant at the Gulf Studies Center at Qatar University; also, one of my former students!), Latifa Al Darwish (cartoonist, filmmaker, and also one of my former students!), Asma Al Hamadi (Al Jazeera presenter) and Hanan Al Yafi (Monitoring and Advocacy Manager at the Doha Centre for Media Freedom). Here are...

Al Jazeera English: My commentary on Michelle Obama’s speech and gender issues in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

By on Oct 14, 2016 in Femellaneous | 0 comments

Friday, Oct. 14, 2016 I appeared on Al Jazeera English during its 4pm news cast today to discuss Michelle Obama’s speech, gender issues, and buyer’s remorse in the presidential election. Watch my commentary here:

Who You Gonna Call? Ghostbusters!

By on Jun 1, 2016 in Gender in the Media | 1 comment

Check out my remarks on the new all-women Ghostbusters remake that comes out next month. Published in Al Arabiya English: “I absolutely applaud Hollywood’s recent efforts to remake classic action movies starring female leads instead. And I hope the producers of the James Bond franchise will consider re-vamping the series to include a woman Bond – it doesn’t hurt to try it, at least,” Christina Paschyn, lecturer of journalism in residence at Northwestern University in Qatar, who frequently writes about gender issues and media, told Al Arabiya. “As a young girl I loved action films, and still do, but as I grew older I became increasingly disillusioned with them. Not because of their violence, unbelievable stunts or even the predominantly vapid dialogue, but because the female characters were consistently relegated and devalued as inconsequential love interests, sex objects, victims or as...

Hey, Hollywood: Pay Attention to Female War Heroes

By on Apr 3, 2014 in Gender in the Media | 1 comment

This post was also published on Feministing.com on April 5, 2015. It also was highlighted on Bitch Flicks’ Weekly Picks. Cara Hoffman has a wonderful op-ed in the New York Times this week about America’s female soldiers titled,

Getting Girls Excited About Science

By on Mar 23, 2014 in Femellaneous | 0 comments

When I was in elementary and middle school, I loved science. I thought for sure I would grow up to be some sort of a scientist, like a genetic engineer. Well, as luck would have it, I chose to follow my passion for writing instead. But, of course, I don’t regret any of my scientific forays at that young age. I loved participating (and excelling) in science fairs, readings books about outer space and daydreaming about becoming an astronaut. Who knows, it may come true yet. Despite my career choice, I plan to encourage my future daughters to pursue careers in STEM fields. And one way I plan on doing that is sending them to science camps. One of my fondest and most exciting memories from childhood is participating in the B-WISER Science Camp at the College of Wooster in Ohio. My sister and I were invited to attend the camp after our projects won big at a local science fair. We loved...