While officially honored and celebrated, the poetic tradition is effectively the preserve of a shrinking elite in the English-speaking world. What lessons can be learned from the Middle East, where verse is so cherished that poets can draw enormous television audiences.
For many in the West, head coverings of any kind are evidence that Muslim women are oppressed. Not so, says one writer. My headscarf is a defiant expression of my choice to be a woman on my own terms.
Fifty years on from Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique, some argue feminism has caused more problems than it has solved. But while arguments continue to rage about what the status and roles of women should be, too little real progress has been made.