Reading Time: 9 minutes “If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated.” Carter G. Woodson Black History Month and its origins Black History Month is an annual celebration of the achievements, history and contributions by people of African…Read More Black History Month Matters (And Five Brilliant Female Black British Trailblazers You Should Know)
Reading Time: 8 minutes Have you noticed there are more Black faces on our TV screens? Especially on US programmes? On 29th July the BBC aired the documentary; “TV’s Black Renaissance: Reggie Yates in Hollywood”. Presented by Yates himself and Produced and Directed by Yemi Bamiro. Yates is a British actor, television presenter and radio DJ. The documentary set out…Read More So, We Are Seeing More Black People On TV, What’s The Big Deal?
Reading Time: 8 minutes What is your understanding of Pride Month? Or indeed of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ+) community? I will be the first to admit I know far too little. I write these lessons to start to free ourselves from this ignorance. Lessons I have observed during this year’s Pride Month, June, from those…Read More Pride Month: Three Lessons From 2019 That Help Us Connect More Meaningfully With The LGBTQ+ Community
Reading Time: 7 minutes Do you remember watching Coach Carter in 2005? A typically American story in many ways, and prone to harmful stereotypes. One scene stuck. Where Carter bans the use of “Nigger” from his players. Explaining; “nigger is a derogatory term used to insult our ancestors…You using it teaches him (the white man) to use it.” A far too…Read More Why “BITCH” Is A Linguistic Weapon (That Harms All Women)
Reading Time: 7 minutes In part one we uncovered the policing of women’s anger. Discouraged in them while encouraged in men. There is another layer, because the policing of “women’s anger has never been uniform…Black, Latina, and Asian women have faced racist assumptions about their anger”. Race therefore makes anger particularly suspect. The “angry black woman” (ABW) myth expresses…Read More Being Pissed Off As A Woman Is (Still) ACCEPTABLE! Part 2
Reading Time: 6 minutes Generally, women’s anger is viewed as a negative emotion.With woman imagined by male supremacy as negative, women’s anger is doubly negative. I see this expressed back by women who believe anger achieves nothing. In those women who cite it to silence other women out of fear and discomfort. The message being, anger has no place…Read More Being Pissed Off As A Woman Is ACCEPTABLE! Part 1
Reading Time: 7 minutes Before I read A Dialectic of Sex, I had never really thought about culture. What it means, how it comes to be and how it relates to women’s place in society. The dictionary defines culture as; “the ideas, customs, and social behaviour of a society”. Suggesting culture is a basis from which society functions. But what…Read More The Insidious Role of Culture in Dominating Women
Reading Time: 5 minutes In educating myself on women’s rights and feminism, International Women’s Day (IWD) presents an opportunity to acquire further knowledge. To learn from those leading the charge. Looking into its history, I have learned IWD started in 1909 by a Socialist Party of America in support of women’s demand for better working conditions in the garment industry.…Read More WHAT INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY MEANS TO ME
Reading Time: 9 minutes Students at Warwick University recently reminded us that “racism is class”.This is valuable insight into the thinking of young white men. Racism, sexism and class are relevant ideals today. Ideals invented to obtain and keep power, for the few. But what does class mean for women? How is feminism defined in a class system? CLASS…Read More FEMINISM’S INTERACTION WITH CLASS
Reading Time: 9 minutes The works of Shulamith Firestone (A Dialectic of Sex), Audre Lorde (The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House), Angela Davis (Women, Race & Class) and Reni Eddo-Lodge (Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race) all demonstrate how race and sex are interlinked. The message I take from these writers, is…Read More What does “women’s progress” mean in a racist culture?