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Feminism. Some people cringe at the word, some stand by it firmly and many do not understand its definition. There is such a negative connotation associated with this word, that I feel its true purpose and meaning are masked by radical beliefs and unfair assumptions. There are types of feminists who push this word to its breaking point by demanding that women are above men, instead of equal to them. Women who blame unequal treatment solely on men and who take no responsibility for their own actions.

On the flip-side, there are men who turn away from this loosely defined term and see it as women pinning all of their problems on men. With all of this confusion and haphazard definitions floating around, the true meaning and overall purpose can be lost in the shuffle.

Feminism is defined as follows:

Feminism is a range of political movements, ideologies, and social movements that share a common goal: to define, establish, and achieve political, economic, personal, and social equality of sexes. This includes seeking to establish educational and professional opportunities for women that are equal to those for men.

Feminism can, to many, be a polarizing term that keeps people from seeing the true potential behind the word. Women still fight for the right to vote, the right to dress as they please and even the right to drive cars. We’re in 2018 and just this year, women in Saudi Arabia can finally drive, legally.

Young girls grow up in a world where their education comes to a halt at a very young age or never even begins. Developing their minds and allowing their ideas and dreams to prosper isn’t even considered. Women are not allowed to have the simple pleasure and freedom of being able to drive a vehicle. Young girls are married off because they aren’t viewed of being capable of being able to make an educated decision. Voices are ignored and ideas are not taken seriously by women who want a say in how the country they live in is run.

People usually don’t get the term “feminst”. They usually think it means that a woman who says she’s a feminist then she doesn’t need a man in her life and that she’s psychologically complex when in fact, feminism is just a term used for equality.

For instance, why do women products cost way more than men products, when in fact we all know that a woman’s salary is way less than a man’s?

Why can’t women rise to big positions easily without dedicating her whole life working but men can do it easily?

Why is it okay for men to walk in the street normally at midnight but women are called “sluts” when they do and usually they don’t feel safe?

So many questions but none of them are answered that’s why feminism is out there to solve all these questions.

That’s why we’ve got the term feminism to help women out there to shine and show their power.

We’ve established that women clearly earn less than men even though they work as hard as men, and work for the same duration. Imagine only earning 10 EGP per day and having to buy a product as essential as menstrual pads for 20 EGP, doesn’t make sense right? While women are struggling to completely crash the patriarchy, they have to work more, earn less, and pay more.

We have to stop paying more for women products just because it’s pink.

So, feminism isn’t about hating on men but it’s about being equal for both genders.

It is time to see what feminism truly means and what the impact of support could to do generations of girls. It shouldn’t be viewed at as synonymous with man-hating, but instead viewed as something that requires the support of every gender in order to be successful in its true nature. I quote Emma Watson when I write “-and if you still hate the word—it is not the word that is important but the idea and the ambition behind it.”

Nadia Haitham, who is a sixteen year old teenager, fantasizes and creates images in people’s minds using written words. She has always admired the idea of writing ever since she was a little girl with piggy tails and somehow, she’s chasing her dream! Nadia is currently an IGCSE student in The Continental School Of Cairo and she’s in the eleventh grade. They say Nadia is too young but she asks repeatedly, “if I don’t start now, then when?!” She blows her candles on the fifteenth of July, her zodiac sign is Cancer and she’s Egyptian. In 2015, she has written her first completed book that’s called, “Love Of A Teenage Girl” which is published on a writing website called, Wattpad. She has won several awards for the book which she’s planning to publish in the future. Nadia has also written a few other books and created quotes of her own but she hasn’t completed them yet but she’s planning to. She’s into music and learning something new every single day using the help of the social media world. She believes that writing is an underestimated art, it’s exactly like painting colorful images in people’s minds by using words of black and white.

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Naguib Sawiris Responds to a Man’s Wish and His Response Is Shocking!

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Naguib Sawiris has always surprised us with his generosity, and just a few days ago, he proved it once again! Only to be met with a shocking response.

It all started when a man tweeted asking Sawiris if he would pay the expenses of sending his mother to ‘Hijj’ and Sawiris agreed and replied with the nicest tweet ever!

Shockingly, the man then deleted his tweet and denied Sawiris’ offer because of ‘religious reasons.’ !!

We can’t believe it that till this moment, there are still people with such a closed minded mentality.

What’s heartwarming is that Sawiris is still trying to convince him to take the money and make his mother happy.

We’re used to Sawiris interacting with his followers but that’s just a whole new level.

 

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The Social Good of Social Media

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The Social Good of Social Media

Social media isn’t just a platform for online distraction and procrastination as many claim, even though it’s kind of true that social media could be a dangerous thing and a way to harm people but the good sides of it can’t be denied.

I personally was one of the believers that social media platforms have created a distance between people instead of getting them closer, but lately I have been impressed with the amount of good that happens via online platforms. From helping people out to connecting you with those of similar interests.

Here are some of the things I noticed, those that made me a believer in the good and power of social media.

1- It can help you globalize your thoughts, ideas, knowledge.

One thing I personally am thankful for is that social media has served as a platform for me to start a blog and get my writings out there, same thing goes to all the food/ health/ writing and more bloggers who now have the space to share their ideas with the mass.

It’s true that not all content creators are of a good influence, but those who have a positive impact are sure a lot! Whether they help inspire people to follow a healthier lifestyle, or just make them laugh, this remains one of the best things about social media.

2- It can help your start-up

Social media now plays a humongous role in the world of advertising, it can even replace bigger platforms. This have given the chance for startups and brand owners to promote for their work online, there are also the groups that introduce your brand to its numerous members and help you gain followers in no time.

3- It can alert large numbers of people quickly

One of the posts I really love seeing are those that ask people to quickly donate blood for a medical emergency, social media really does have a part in aiding. Not only that, but it also has become so much easier to alert a large number of people of a crisis.

4- Social Good

Another thing I love about Facebook in particular are the kinds of posts that help those in need, whether someone is just looking for a job, or another in a need for donations, Facebook groups help spread the word about a certain case and get people to take action.

5- Connecting those who are alike!

Facebook groups are the thing right now, with literally a group for every group! One for the curly heads, another for the skin care maniacs and another that just bring all women together to support one another.

These groups not only do they offer tips, reviews and more, but they also help women embrace their natural self, have faith in themselves and believe in their beauty and power.

6- It really connects you to people

Even though social media might have affected our friendships, but to those who live abroad, it certainly had shortened the distance and connected us to those we love dearly but with borders separating us.

So is social media a good thing? Well, it just depends on how you use it!

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Sherif Mounir And Other Social Media Users Show Support With Mona Farouk

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We’re all familiar with Mona Farouk’s crisis after the release of a scandalous video of hers that changed her life forever. Now just a couple of days ago, the actress went on a live video to express how depressed she is to the extent that she’s contemplating suicide.

 

Now to all the readers, this is a sensitive issue so please be gentle and open minded as you read the article!

In the video, Farouk apologized once again to all her audience and expressed her deep sorrow and regret of what happened, she then carried on to explain the impact of what happened on her life and how it changed drastically.

She says even her own family no longer accepts her and she is practically begging for forgiveness and to be accepted once again.

“Ever since the scandalous incident, I have been shunned and shamed by everyone in my circle, even by own family. Both my social life and career are over and I feel dead inside.” She says.

“No matter how much I try to act strong, I’m not,” Farouk added, “I tried to fake it, however, I grew tired of dealing with the ordeal like its normal while it is not, and I am suffocating.”

 

With such a strong message delivered, some of the audience felt her pain and started showing support to the actress.

Celebrities also took her side and asking people to give her a second a chance, claiming that she has paid enough for her mistake.

One of these celebrities is famed actor Sherif Mounir who showed his support by saying that he would be proud to act alongside Mona Farouk.

Other social media users took it to several platforms to express their solidarity with Mona Farouk.

We might not be okay with her actions, but we’re certainly with giving people a chance to undo their wronging.

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