I miss feeling my true self so much.

I am a 23 years old woman and I have been pressured to wear headscarf until this age. There has been some violence too. Although I am a very calm and quite around my family, I am acting like I am the most powerful woman…

Someday I am going to take my stolen freedom back.

I wanted to tell my story now because I am too impatient and too coward to wait until I succeed. People always considered me reckless. I kept pretending to be a rebel girl to hide the sensitive part of me. Everything started when I was…

I shaved all my hair just not to remove the headscarf.

I started covering my hair on my own when I was 12. I hadn’t even had my first period. First, my mother did not let me. She said, “It’s too early for this, grow up a little bit.” I literally begged her, and she finally…

God wouldn’t spare the wind from my hair.

Hi, First of all, let me introduce myself. I’m a 34-year-old woman with a highly respected profession in the community (and I have achieved this on my own). I stopped wearing a headscarf at 33, that is, last year. I was 15 when I wore…

Don’t say “Headscarf can’t restrict you.”

At 9th grade in high school when I was 14, I covered my head. Don’t ask me why. I did it, and I don’t know why. My mom was happy. I’ve grasped what I’ve actually done later. The scarf on my head was clipping my…

Protect yourself from people, even if they are your father.

Ever since I can remember, my sister and I were oppressed by my father because of our clothing. My parents always argued after we went shopping for clothes. My father was an oppressive person, and my mom was a liberating woman crushed under community pressure,…

I walk by myself, but I never walk alone!

Hi. I know we’re all by ourselves here. Because others can’t stand hearing our voices. They never wanted to listen to us, and they never will. It’s because they’re afraid of questioning and understanding things deeply. A story I can call ‘mine’ is just starting.…

Why did Allah gift me this talent if I can’t show it to everyone?

In addition to being aware of these feelings that made me feel like something is wrong and think “It shouldn’t be this way” since my earliest recollections, I realized that I am bisexual just this year. People around me always complained about my masculinity, and…

My mother’s behaviour after her late 20s costs our childhood.

I don’t know where to begin. My parents weren’t religious people before they got married. After marriage, my mother began to cover her hair as a tradition but it wasn’t too tight until their memberships to a religious order. As a result of this orders…

I faced the things I couldn’t face before.

Hello. I’m a woman who has her hair covered for 15 years. I grew up in a conservative family. Even though no one from my family pressured me, one day, I thought about an outfit that my grandmother once gave me “This is for covered…

I do not want to stifle my laughs.

If it helps you imagine, I have shoulder-length, dark brown, thick and puffy hair. I have hair that I started associating to freedom over time. I have hair that I dream of, with the salty sea water touching its ends. I have hair that I…

Because only this way, the Devil was far away.

Unfortunately, this is not a success story. I was born in an extremely conservative family, which has gotten into a cult long before I was born and although they don’t do everything right, criticize everyone whom they think are wrong. I’ve spent my life from…