The Courage of Zayn Malik and Why Strong Men Cry

by Huma Munshi   On the face of it Zayn Malik leaving One Direction shouldn’t really resonate. At 34 years old, I am past fawning over boy bands. Even when I should have been gripped by Take That fever, I had a lot more affinity with the music of old codgers like Bob Dylan and Leonard… Read More

The Salvation Army campaign: black erasure and white dominance

by Huma Munshi  At first glance, the Salvation Army’s campaign to raise awareness of violence against women seems a bold move — turning on its head the dress that broke the internet and the often transparent marketing tricks that large advertising campaigns deploy. It sheds light on the horror of domestic violence. 1.2 million women in… Read More

The Police Service should be legally challenged for institutional sexism

by Huma Munshi Many women and feminist campaigners will not be surprised by the findings of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary that 26% of rape and other sexual offences are not being recorded. This is amongst the 800,000 cases which are reported to the police but are “no-crimed”. It keeps the statistics low and creates… Read More

The Myth of the Perfect Victim and the Acceptable Rape

In one fail sweep Judy Finnigan has laid bare the prejudice and ignorance faced by rape survivors. Speaking on ITV’s Loose Women programme on the case of convicted rapist, Ched Evans, Judy noted that because there wasn’t violence during the rape and the woman was drunk at the time, it didn’t cause “bodily harm.” Therefore, the footballer having served his sentence should be allowed to return to play in his team, Sheffield United. Read More

Reconciling being British, Asian and Muslim – a tale of modern times

By Huma Munshi The recent killing of Alan Henning has again put the spotlight on British Muslims. There have been calls for them to condemn these heinous acts apparently carried out in the name of Islam. A recent campaign on social media, “#NotInMyName”, sought to tackle the distorted narrative of Islam from the extremists and… Read More

Sex Education: Lessons I Should Have Learned In School

By Huma Munshi Sex education in my school consisted of experimenting with putting a condom on a cucumber and watching a video of a woman giving birth. This was met with embarrassed giggling from my peers and awkward glances. At home, we would never dream of discussing sex or relationships. My parents were old school… Read More

Police impotence continues to fail women and girls at risk of male violence

By Huma Munshi As I read the findings of the IPCC last week on the police failings surrounding the killing of Becky McPhee, I was reminded of how the police had similarly failed me when I had sought their protection after I had fled a situation of domestic violence. This case also illustrates the painful… Read More

Where does organised religion end and morality begin?

by Huma Munshi “Is goodness without God good enough?” This was the question posed at a post-show debate I chaired at the Bush Theatre in London. It is the the relationship between morality and faith that is at the heart of the play, Perseverance Drive. This is a tale of modern times telling the story… Read More

In Bad Faith: The New Yorker and its Transphobia

By Huma Munshi Close your eyes and imagine struggling to do simple acts such as going out to buy a pint of milk or catching a train to work. Imagine that this is because the way you present does not align with mainstream societies view of what it means to be male or female. My… Read More

If tokenistic gestures towards diversity worked, Sayeeda Warsi would be a Secretary of State

by Huma Munshi Diversity has been leading the news this week: from women bishops, to the Conservatives Cabinet reshuffle. Listening to Bonnie Greer in conversation with the MP Linda Grant at the National Theatre recently about her memoirs, brought home why representation and the ‘D’ word matters. The audience at the National Theatre was a… Read More