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I'm not Muslim. I did spend about 3 years of my life as a hijabi, though.


McSweeney's brings you... Hijabi or Jihadi.


Please note that McSweeney's is actually a pretty respectable publication, a non-profit publication dedicated to education and the literary arts that sponsors writing centers, writing workshops, and which publishes young people's writing, so it's worth exploring their site if you aren't familiar with it already. It is not a-political but it generally doesn't focus on the political.

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It is crushing to think about spending an entire life shape shifting and explaining and overcompensating in a desperate attempt to prove that I’m okay. That I too am American. An entire life watching people watching me and wondering what they think, even though it is entirely possible that they don’t care at all. My grief, my anxiety, my sense of alienation and obligation cannot be resolved with a brief “we stand with Paris†cold-open.


That's a crappy load to bear (bare?) for a kid.

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