Talks and LecturesThe Power of the Hymen
Why does the hymen retain such power in modern society, and what makes young women undergo surgery to become virgins once more. This talk lifts the veil on taboos and traditions. It is about the personal stories behind the headlines; about who owns women's bodies, and about the vital importance of this one, thin, fold of mucous membrane both in Denmark and abroad. Social workers, health-care professionals, and teachers all encounter young women with problems relating to a traditional view of women and family honour.
The talk will be tailored to suit any particular audience and is intended for professionals in clinical practice, educational institutions, young - and older - members of ethnic minorities, and anyone with a general interest.
Confessions of a half-Arab
With a Danish mother, an Arab father, half a dozen half-siblings, and a Pakistani husband I certainly feel thoroughly multicultural, particularly considering I've inherited my mother's pale face, and my father's Arab body-hair. My story is one of growing up and of everyday life with Christianity and Islam side-by-side; of kebab, gender roles, taboos, halal, and hijab with all manner of attitudes to match, and of the greatest challenge of them all: being the eldest daughter-in-law in a Pakistani clan and the better half of a mixed marriage.
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