Oh Shit, My Mascara is Running!

Joons,

Sh*t’s about to get real. Today, we’re talking about identity and association.

The sculpting of the self is often determined by what we do and don’t do, what we like or dislike, and our values as stated by family and society. And as we grow, our identities and identifications are constantly shifting to adapt our most current state. Sometimes I look back on phases I had or beliefs I held, and I either laugh or shudder. I’ll probably be doing the same thing next year at this time.

But the universal constant in my world that so far hasn’t changed is the obsessive need to have perfect eyebrows.

ccMy eyebrows hold my livelihood, personality, and, frankly, a deeper need in their hairs and arches.

My maman bozorg came to Minnesota when I was six years old to live with us indefinitely. Some of my childhood memories are of her beautiful hands holding a brown pencil she would lift again and again to her face in order to shape, sculpt, and create magnificent eyebrows.

She was a strange woman to me, even though I knew she was my grandma, but this shyness never dissuaded me from watching her create those eyebrows. She still kills it today as a nearly 80-year-old woman.

From childhood on, I began noticing a trend amongst all the Persian women I met: they had AMAZING eyebrows. [Read more...]

The SingleMan Party

Hey joonie joons,

We decided it was time for a different perspective on the blog– a male perspective.  It’s been a little while since we heard some of our Persian men air out their dirty laundry so what better way than with an exclusive interview with one of West Coast’s finest, THE GRADUATE.  He’s young, hot, successful and living big… what more can you ask for? We’re hoping he can shed some light into the complicated lives of Persian men– plus, we are really excited to read what HE has to say about the double standard between Persian men and women.  Hope you’re ready for this one because we’re sure he won’t disappoint: 

- What kind of lifestyle would you say you had in college– Did your social scene ever evolve as you became older or did it remain the same? 

I had a girlfriend in high school and after we left for college, we tried to do the long distance thing.  But, it just didn’t work out, and I was confused about how I felt and what was going on in that relationship.  My first year of college provided me with a lot of distractions:  lots of parties, lots of girls and lots of drinking.

I have many older, male cousins and they had told me that college is supposed to be the best years of your life, so I had that kind of mindset and those expectations — and it was with that frame of mind that really led the basis of my life in college.

I was experimenting and dating around as much as I could.   [Read more...]

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