As 2018 comes to an end, we take a look back at our most-read articles this year here at Media Diversified. Some were new in 2018, others were classics from the archives enjoying a resurgence. From medicine to politics, Love Island to the history of the Congo, cleaning up to being a Duchess with the staff to do it, it’s a diverse range of topics that we think represents what Media Diversified is all about. Happy New Year!


10 – Pay your cleaner what you earn, or clean up yourself!

“In short, if somebody saves you time by doing your cleaning, and you don’t pay that person what your time is worth, it must be concluded that you value your time above theirs. In that case, outsourced cleaning is a moral problem because it is a nod to a system in which some people’s labour is worth less than other people’s leisure, and that’s a recipe for all manner of inequalities”

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9 – Jess Phillips, Lena Dunham and White Feminism

“In offering Dunham her understanding, and in asking us to extend ours (as a sympathetic feminist audience), Phillips is making these forms of racism normal again. She is bringing Dunham in from the cold and back into the snug, feminist fold. Phillips’ defence functions as a quintessential form of white privilege”

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8 – How to Write Women of Colour and Men of Colour if you are White

“Basically, If you are going to write a character who is not like you, it takes work and time. Lots of work and time. The portrayals of POC in our media tend to fall into two categories: Insulting/problematic or  nearly non-existent. Some works of fiction manage to capitalize on both.”

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7 – Veganism has a serious race problem

“Type ‘vegan’ into Google and you won’t need to scroll through many pages to see what I mean. The routine comparisons of animal abuse to the enslavement of Black people shows exactly how little value white members of the vegan community, generally considered a liberal breed, place on Black life. This racism, so casually delivered, is designed to add shock value – to trigger a dietary epiphany. In reality, the only message these campaign materials send to Black people is this: veganism isn’t for you.”

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6 – The Ghost of King Leopold II Still Haunts Us

“It is important to note that the reason there was no food is because the Congolese were no longer allowed to grow their own food due to the insatiable demand for rubber. Hence, labor was diverted from the people growing their own food to collecting rubber for Leopold’s empire. Thus, there can be no accounting of HIV-1’s crossover, transmission, and emergence out of Leopoldville in the 1920s without taking into account the social determinants of Congolese health prior to the 1920s.”

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5 – ‘Mrs Bibi Syndrome’, the medical stereotype undermining elderly Asian women

“Instead of using our unique position to promote the health needs specific to BME patients, some minority doctors help reproduce racist and sexist tropes that target immigrant communities in an effort to distances themselves from the likeness of their patients. By propagating these narratives, not only do we risk overlooking the very dire public health needs of some of the most vulnerable communities the UK, but, on a population level, we pave a pathway for white and male doctors [amongst others] to openly participate in a system which further disadvantages brown women.”

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4 – The museum will not be decolonised

“Museums are not neutral in their preservation of history. In fact, arguably, they are sites of forgetfulness and fantasy. The way exhibitions are constructed usually assumes a white audience and privileges the white gaze. The white walls signified the choices of white people, their agency, their museum collections, and the endeavours of colonialists.”

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3 – It’s time to address the persistent stereotype that ‘Black people can’t swim’

“Nearly 70% of African Americans in the study self-reported as having low or no swimming ability. As a result, black children are three times more likely to drown than white children. Moreover, children whose parents can’t swim are less likely to learn (regardless of race). For African Americans, these are deadly legacies handed down and sustained by the still-hidden past and present of racism.”

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2 – Black men are made to feel ugly, and we need to talk about it

“Thinking about all this I began to feel silly, looking in the mirror and scrutinising my face, my nose, my lips, my teeth, my skin. Was I took dark? My nose too wide, lips too big and prone to cracking? And do other black men ever feel this way?”

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1 – Why Barack is black and Meghan is biracial

“Barack Obama made choices in his life that strengthened his connection with African-Americans and bolstered his claim to American blackness: marrying the darker-skinned Michelle, organising in black communities of Chicago, checking “black” on the census. On the other hand, the self-presentation of Meghan Markle: her straightened hair, her mainstream American role on the television show, Suits, and her choice of husband—the whitest of Prince Charmings—allows Meghan Markle to edge towards whiteness”

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