Women & Culture, Women & Race, Women's History

Black History Month Matters (And Five Brilliant Female Black British Trailblazers You Should Know)

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 and Caribbean descent. It originated…

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So, We Are Seeing More Black People On TV, What’s The Big Deal?

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 to inform the British audience…

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Why “BITCH” Is A Linguistic Weapon (That Harms All Women)

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 simplistic explanation, but a useful…

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Being Pissed Off As A Woman Is (Still) ACCEPTABLE! Part 2

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”[1]. Race therefore makes anger particularly suspect. The “angry black woman” (ABW) myth expresses this. A triple negative.  Black…

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Women & Culture

Being Pissed Off As A Woman Is ACCEPTABLE! Part 1

Reading Time: 6 minutes Generally, women’s anger is viewed as a negative emotion.[1]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 in women’s fight for justice.…

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