Aunties of the Diaspora

What I LOVE about living in L.A. with my family is that their deep roots in the SWANA community make “homeland” very close somehow. When I was young, this relationship was a source of restriction and stress at times, but as an adult it is EVERYTHING. For all the ways I *still* feel…errr… non-conventional… and…

Ghost Portraits

By Paradise Khanmalek I am an Iranian woman with facial hair. My mom always tells me about how hairy she used to be, how she used to thread her own face with thread tied to her bathroom sink faucet. She constantly encourages me to get laser hair removal. Strangers have encouraged me to get laser…