*Misogynoir vs. The New Politics

by Maya Goodfellow  “Anyone who tells Diane Abbott to fuck off has my vote “, “I don’t like Diane Abbott”, “she’s not credible”. Scroll through Twitter and these are just a handful of the attacks directed at Britain’s first and most prominent black female MP. Virtual sentiments translate into the real world, where if you… Read More

FROM THE ARCHIVES: I’m Not Your Pretty Little Lotus Flower

Although Media Diversified is on a site break for the month of August while we develop exciting new projects, we still want to continue delivering challenging, insightful content to our readers — so we’ll be going into the archives to bring back some of our most-read articles. Joy Goh-Mah and Rowena Mondiwa’s “I’m Not Your Pretty… Read More

The Gender Pay Gap Does Exist – and Childcare is Key to Tackling it

by Bobby Gardiner Late last year, Sony was comprehensively hacked by a group called the ‘Guardians of Peace’. The company’s inner workings were gutted and thrown into the public eye, with many of the originally private email conversations sparking outrage and debate. One such conversation was between Andrew Gumpert and Amy Pascal, who were discussing… Read More

When French Beauty Means White Beauty

by Vanessa Willoughby When we talk about French beauty, we’re often discussing a few select traits that reflect a monolithic and colourless idealization. The usual idols are brought up as universal representations of the epitome: Brigitte Bardot, Anna Karina, and Françoise Hardy to recent celebrities including Marion Cotillard and Audrey Tatou. These women represent an… Read More

Why we need a women’s revolution in Somalia

‘At the “Vision 2016” National Conference in September 2013, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud committed to deliver a nationwide “one man, one vote” election by August 2016’ by Yasmin Maydhane Today my uncle sold his youngest daughter – a 16-year-old – to the highest bidder (yes, I mean quite literally sold – whereby the father is… 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

Brazil’s new primetime show “Sexo e as Negas” serves the white gaze

TV Channel Globo, one of the largest television networks in Brazil, is broadcasting a series called “Sexo e as Nega”. The series is an adaptation of Sex and the City, but this time with four Black actresses. The series has been written by the famous White actor, writer and producer Miguel Fallabella.

The very title of the series is itself hugely problematic, not only because race is the primary signifier of the women, but also because the terms are full of racist and gendered connotations, such as the venacular Brazilian expression “I’m not your niggaz “. In racist discourses, Black women are those who work for sex, while the white woman is the woman who is worthy of romantic love, kindness and respect. Read More

Progress On Their Terms

CONTENT NOTE: Islamophobia and Sexism by Shane Thomas “Pop culture to sport, and back again“ It was long overdue, but basketball’s governing body, FIBA recently decreed that players will be permitted to wear religious head coverings during national – but not international – competitons. Further good news in the sporting world came as the R&A… Read More

“That’s how we troll” The Great Marvel Diversity Backlash

By Yomi Adegoke The comic book Gods have been doing some serious redecorating this year. After colouring an entirely alabaster comic book canvas with a mixed race Spiderman and Muslim Ms. Marvel, they took it to new heights, administering makeovers even Gok Wan would gawp at. With a strike of lightning, roar of thunder and… Read More