Author Archives: Bilan Hashi



Bilan Hashi

Bilan is a creative and academic writer, photographer, and cultural producer based in Toronto, Canada. She can be found @itsmebilan.

The Conditions of Gabar Xishood Leh, an Idealized Somali Womanhood
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The Conditions of Gabar Xishood Leh, an Idealized Somali Womanhood

Years ago, on a bleak winter afternoon, I had my tongue professionally pierced in Toronto. I had numerous piercings beforehand so my family should have been accustomed to my piercing tendencies. Unfortunately, judging from their reactions—ranging from bemused to horrified—that was not the case. The most vocal critics were my parents: my mother bemoaned at what she considered a desecration of a God-given body and...

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05 Jan 2016