Apocalypse and precarity: Iranian online humor and Trump’s victory

by Sara Tafakori and Gilda Seddighi  ‘From the American people to Iranian social media users: if your expert opinions and discussions about the American election have ended, please do shut up for a moment and let us Americans work out what the heck we do now’. This tweet by a presenter of a diasporic Iranian… Read More

*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

14 Things That Muslims Have Been Up To In 2014

by Rubab Zaidi All year round, the likes of ISIS and Boko Haram have been hard at work trying to give Muslims a bad name. We’re a homogenous mass see… While concern is high that young Muslims and/or like in this hoax of a story young white teenagers are being radicalized and running away to… Read More

Living in Black and White on Twitter: Why #AliveWhileBlack is Much More Important than #CrimingWhileWhite

by Queen Muse   Black people already know that white privilege exists. We know this because we observe it every day on our jobs, in our schools, and sometimes even while simply trying to get a good table at a restaurant. We also know that police brutality and discrimination are real issues that disproportionately affect… 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

‘The Bystander Effect’

by Yomi Adegoke Yesterday morning, model Mahaneela Choudhury-Reid fell victim to an unprovoked and racially motivated attack at Regents Park Tube station. She described the ordeal via Twitter, recalling how on entering a lift, she was repeatedly pushed by a white, stocky middle aged man. When she turned to face him, he continued to push… Read More

Black Men Need To Support Black Feminism

by Jesse Bernard Being a black man over the past couple of weeks has been interesting, as it always is. I’ve stood in solidarity with the citizens of Ferguson, Missouri – both virtually and in a march at Notting Hill Carnival. There is a long history of black women leading movements for change and the… Read More

#WeAreAllMonkeys Today. Tomorrow You’ll Be Human Again [Don’t Bait Me!]

by Matthew Simmermon-Gomes As a doctoral student who researches the intellectual foundations of black slavery in the Americas and as a black man who writes about race and queer issues online, I am no stranger to having offensive or upsetting content tweeted at me or in my blog’s comment moderation queue. Threats, slurs, accusations, visual… Read More

#fuckhonour and #fuckshame, when it silences young people reaching out

by Huma Munshi In the film Monsoon Wedding an adult survivor of sexual abuse comes face-to-face with the perpetrator at the wedding of her best friend. As a result of the close familial ties and the need to uphold community “honour”, she is forced to take part in cultural ceremonies despite disclosing the abuse. At… Read More

Iggy Azalea and a Culture of Appropriation

TRIGGER WARNING: The following post contains incidents of racism and homophobia: by Shane Thomas It’s best to begin this with a statement of intent: I ingest a lot of popular culture. It’s the staple of a lot of conversations with friends, a reliable icebreaker when meeting new people and can make me a useful addition… Read More