Feminism

Racism And Prejudice: Why We Have Been Encouraged To Confuse Them.

Reading Time: 8 minutes “We lived, as usual, by ignoring. Ignoring isn’t the same as ignorance, you have to work at it.” Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale. (This was written before the 2020 Black Lives Matter movement, posting it unaltered) One thing you hear over and over again in discussions on race is that everyone can be racist. The acceptance of this fantasy stagnates…

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Feminism

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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What does “women’s progress” mean in a racist culture?

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 that eliminating sexism is inseparable…

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Feminism, Historical Context, Lessons

What can we learn from the limited account on the role of black women in the fight for equality?

Reading Time: 8 minutes I am starting to question my limited knowledge of the contribution of black women in challenging inequality. Have I been relying on accounts that perhaps too often exclude their work and experiences? If included, rarely painted as leaders? As role models? Accounts that imply black women have had no significant role in the freedoms we all enjoy today.   I…

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Feminism

Feminism, an introduction

Reading Time: 8 minutes More of us seem to be declaring ourselves feminists. But what does feminism mean to us and what are we communicating to others about ourselves, our society and our view of the world? Are there areas, say politically, socially, privately where feminism is unnecessary? It is safe to say, I thought I knew what feminism meant; women’s access to rights…

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