This site is made possible by generous grants from the Horizons Foundation and the Astraea Lesbian Action Foundation! We also gratefully accept individual donations.
This site is designed to serve the needs and interests of women who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer (including female-to-male and male-to-female trans* people in any state of transition), and who are identified ethnically or culturally with the Arab world, regardless of where they live. This includes women of mixed ethnic heritage, and women who are from non-Arab minority groups that exist within the Arab world. While inevitably terminology is going to disappoint us and may feel imposed, we felt it important to name the groups that we intend to serve as best we can.
This site is a work in progress. In the future we hope to include audio, film, multimedia projects, photography, and fine art as well as writing.
Why Bint el Nas?
"Bint el Nas" is an Arabic phrase that literally translates to "Daughter of the People". It is used in Arab culture to describe a girl or woman of good standing. We use it to emphasize our link to our cultures, as well as the complicated expectations and sentiments that our communities often have toward us.
Who are you guys?
Bint el Nas is executive produced by the Mujadarra Grrls, who are currently a sponsored project of the Queer Cultural Center. The Mujadarra Grrls control the visual look and general presentation of the site. Guest Producers, who are responsible for the content of each issue, work in conjunction with the Executive Producers to assemble the content of a new issue. If you are interested in becoming a guest producer or contributing to an issue, let us know.
Multimedia Production and Optimistic Subversion
We chose the name Mujadarra Grrls because it reflects our heritages. "Mujadarra" represents the traditions that nourish us and connects us to where we came from. "Grrls" represents the influence of late twentienth-century urban US culture on our lives.
We are three queer-identified women of mixed Arab heritage. Specifically we claim roots in Lebanon, Syria, and Ireland, as well as Texas and other parts of the U.S.
What do we mean by optimistic subversion? In the face of oppression, any act of creation is a hopeful act. We are creating a space to counter the narrow and twisted images of queers, Arabs, and women, and a space to create something new: images of queer Arab women. This is subversive, at the same time that it is intrinisically optimistic. If we were pessimistically subversive we would just try to destroy the whole mess. We're acting under the assumption that we can create a world worth living in.
Questions? Comments? Contact Us!
If you would like to make a donation, to help cover the cost of server space, art, writing, design and production, we would be grateful! Please make checks payable to the Queer Cultural Center (our Fiscal Sponsor), with a note on the check that it is for Bint el Nas. Send to:
P.O. Box 14925
P.O. Box 14925