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In honor of #readwomen2014 – an effort to equalize the gender imbalance in our collective reading habits – here are 14 fantastic, timeless reads by women:
Annie Dillard on presence over productivity
Joan Didion on self-respect
Susan Sontag on photography as aesthetic consumerism and a form of modern violence
Virginia Woolf on the creative benefits of keeping a diary
Helen Keller on optimism
Alexandra Horowitz on the blinders of attention
Anaïs Nin on why emotional excess is essential to creativity
Hannah Arendt on how bureaucracy fuels violence
Jennifer Finney Boylan on what it’s like to be a transgender parent
Anissa Ramirez on saving science education
Jeanette Winterson on adoption and how we use storytelling to save ourselves
Dani Shapiro on the pleasures and perils of the creative life
Virginia Woolf on how to read a book
Susan Sontag on literature and freedom

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In honor of #readwomen2014 – an effort to equalize the gender imbalance in our collective reading habits – here are 14 fantastic, timeless reads by women:

Artwork above by Joanna Walsh

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Beautiful portraits showcase hidden queer Muslim identities

For years, Samra Habib kept relatively quiet when it came to her identity. It can be hard for LGBT Muslims to find acceptance in a community that does not hold consistently tolerant views on same-sex equality.

But Habib will stay say silent no longer. Picking up her camera, the young photographer has begun an “aesthetically engaging” and “culturally demanding” project designed to finally bring needed visibility of the queer Muslim community to the world.

"Just Me and Allah" is a photography project originally created on Tumblr, but which will be in exhibition at a handful of locations in Toronto — the Canadian Lesbian & Gay Archives, Videofag Gallery and Parliament Street Library — in conjunction with WorldPride, beginning June 20.

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