The Rise of Pussy Envy

Aisha Josiah asks why some of the men around her are starting to wish they were a member of the ‘fairer sex’ Read More

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FGM as spectacle: the dehumanisation and commodification of the black girl

Warning: the following post contains images that readers may find graphic or disturbing. by Firdos Ali  Last week, FGM campaigner Hibo Wardere broke the news that Sky had filmed the mutilation of a little girl in Somalia and intended to broadcast the footage in the UK. FGM campaigners who had seen the footage were in… Read More

If Muslim women’s clothing makes them consenting slaves, who are their slave masters?

by Shohana Khan Last week French Women’s Rights Minister Laurence Rossignol likened how Muslim women dress to being in collusion with slavery, roundly offending a vast number of groups. Quite an achievement. She was closely followed by the co-founder of Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Berge, who claimed that the fashion world should not get their hands… Read More

African Women winning elections: Lessons for Hillary Clinton

by Naleli Morojele  Nelson Mandela once said, “If the United States of America or Britain is having elections, they don’t ask for observers from Africa or from Asia. But when we have elections, they want observers.” What Mandela meant is that there is a perception that countries besides the USA or Britain (and other global north countries) are… Read More

Success is defined as white and male – a new school curriculum could change that

by Maya Goodfellow Lord of the Flies, Animal Farm and Great Expectations. What do these books have in common? They were all written by white men and they’re all set texts on GCSE exam syllabuses. From politics to the media, white men dominate so much in society – school curriculums are no exception. Since September… Read More

There’s More to Saudi Arabia than the Ban on Women Driving

A View From The Kingdom by Amena Ziard I am constantly asked about my life in Saudi Arabia. There is no way to fully express the bitterness I have for some aspects of this society or the profound affinity I have for the land that is my birthplace but not my home. In this piece,… Read More

Who are ‘Young People?’ The Necessity of Introducing Intersectionality to Sexuality Education

by Lamisse Hamouda  It was recently announced that the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University has released a new, progressive sexuality education resource for secondary school students. Commendable indeed; through innovative animation videos that balances between being both cool and daggy (like your favourite youth worker), along with a… Read More

Under the Udala Trees – a Review

by Claire L. Heuchan I have read a lot of lesbian fiction in my time. For the most part my life, both as a reader and a lesbian woman, has been all the richer for it. However, the vast majority of these books have focussed specifically on love, sex, and relationships between white women –… Read More

Sarah Reed’s death is a call to end our complacency

by Siana Bangura   I am tired of feeling numb, tired of mourning, tired of bearing witness to a war declared on black bodies. Here I am yet again writing about the death of a Black British victim of police brutality. Last May I wrote about the story of Sheku Bayoh.  Since his death, the… Read More