“Sorry, sir, I’m here, and I would like some cake too, please!”

by Fan Sissoko  Not so long ago, I was in a mood. The kind of mood that sticks your bones to your sofa and has you craving childhood. I watched Home, a Dreamworks movie about a little girl who meets an alien. It made me laugh. And it made me cry. Empathically cry. Cry like… Read More

Feminism’s dilemma: When fictionalised violence trumps in real life abuse

by Chimene Suleyman It was cruel when sports writer Rebecca Griffin angrily tweeted, “When black women attack ‘white feminism’, they are forgetting who made it possible for them to have rights – as women. And, they are racist.” It was almost hard to believe this wasn’t a parody account. Was it even true? No, of course… Read More

Why saying “haters gonna hate” is just not good enough

Normalising The Marginalised by Shane Thomas  #WhatsWrongWithWhiteFeminism The racism of Margaret Sanger, Susan B. Anthony, & Frances Willard is still a part of the movement. — Mikki Kendall (@Karnythia) December 26, 2013 Remember this Mikki Kendall tweet. We’ll be returning to it in a few minutes. Kylie Jenner is not cultural appropriation’s worst offender. She’s… Read More

So We’re All Still Talking About Rihanna’s Bitch Better Have My Money?

by Sunny Singh Finally this morning I got around to watching Rihanna’s Bitch Better Have My Money (full disclosure: I am not a fan, have never been. I think I am too old). But I am an observer and analyst of pop culture, so here go some initial thoughts. First off the bat, yes, the… Read More

International Men’s Day: What Are We Celebrating?

by Shane Thomas Today is International Men’s Day. According to the organisation’s website, International Men’s Day is, “…an occasion for men to celebrate their achievements and contributions, in particular their contributions to community, family, marriage, and child care while highlighting the discrimination against them.” While well-intentioned, I find any type of self-congratulatory discourse around men… Read More

Are you down for brown?

by Farzana Rahman As a dark-complexioned, brown, South Asian Muslim woman, at any one point in my prolific dating career, I’ve had to deal with iterations of the following conversation: (Where X denotes men I have dated, and Y = me). X: “I didn’t think you would talk to me!” Y: “Why?” X: “Cos you’re… Read More