Salih J. Altoma
I have only recently understood why I feel more peaceful when I am cleaning, ironing, or cooking than I do when I am reading or writing, though incomparably I prefer the latter two activities: I once caught myself thinking how happy my husband is when he finds me working like a "normal woman" at home. Over 45 years after Virginia Woolf's death, we women are still the prisoners of the stereotyped "normality" moulded for us by men.... So often I come out of the university feeling proud of the way I have explained Shelley "Ode to the West Wind" or Arthur Miller The Crucible, yet on my way home the high, professional spirit starts to shrink within me until, by the time I open the door of my flat, I feel as though I'm a bad cook and, to some extent, a bit of a failure as a housewife.
-- Bouthaina Shaaban
I began to believe that the sexual revolution (i.e., blasting our traditional concepts about chastity and morality) is an indivisible part of the Arab individual's revolution to wrest his other freedoms; political, economic, freedom of speech, writing, and thought.... That there is no salvation without a struggle against the various concepts including those regarding sex.
-- Ghadah al-Samman