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Muslim in Minnesota - Part 3

Feminism, birth control, and abortion: "...Maybe it’s because of where I came from, but I think women have a perfect life here. Even though there’s no such thing as perfect. But I would say they have an even life with men. I mean, maybe there is something behind the scenes, and I don’t see it."

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Muslim in Minnesota - Part 2

Dating, hijab, rape, and sisters: "Even in my country where I’m thinking everyone is Muslim and [should be acting good], there are still women who are kidnapped, there are still women who are sexually assaulted. I mean I would feel sorry for that girl. I would send the guy to whatever punishment there is, because he should take all the punishment."

 

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Muslim in Minnesota - Part 1

Engagement and wives: "The good part is that we have what’s called the engagement period, which lasts as long as the couple wants it to be. In that period of time, you’d be able to know me, and I’d be able to know you. If, for some reason, you find out that I’m not really that person you’re looking for, you’ll be able to step back and say, no I don’t want him any more."

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Chris

"...We all have our preconceived notions and underlying prejudices, which we aren't aware of until they're put under our noses."

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Vulnerable - Part 2

Well, frankly, monogamy is hard [...] Love is so much more than a feeling or a one-time commitment. I think love has to be active. It's a daily choice to love someone and to give them your best. What you put in is what you get back.

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beehivekidd
Vulnerable - Part 1

This interview began an as exploration of motherhood, a universal yet unique experience in itself, but a deeper story unfolded about being a wife. As someone who has cheated myself, I know the glamour that quickly disintegrates into self-loathing. She and I both hope that in reading this, you find not only solidarity but also a deeper appreciation for the many facets of yourself and those around you.

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beehivekidd