note: – the term BME used in this article is based on UK terminology to refer to members of non-white British communities (who this article is primarily aimed at): Black and minority ethnic. – the term Oxbridge is a blended word referring to the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. Do it. Don’t be a potential applicant, apply. Apply with gusto. Apply immediately. Apply with full faith … Continue reading To The Non-White Potential Oxbridge Applicants
CN: racism, sexism, marginalisation, silencing. It’s 2016 and I am That Person. Not always, but a lot of times. The One Who Talks About Race, The Angry One, The Intersectional Feminist. Sometimes I like it, I like to make people feel uncomfortable, like to be a Nuisance just by being there. But recently its also begun to make me feel trapped. People expect opinions on things, … Continue reading ‘I thought YOU’D find that problematic?’
Content Note: silencing, debate. So, a couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog post about my feelings. It was a fairly self-indulgent post lacking in much analysis or critique. But sometimes – as perhaps is the nature of someone who keeps a blog – I find it therapeutic to write about and process my feelings in such a way. However, any therapeutic feeling I … Continue reading Be afraid, be very afraid
Disagreement is good, it is powerful, and in many ways it is a vital tool in helping to unlearn our unquestioned positions on things. In disagreement with a friend this week I realised that it had been a long time since someone close to me had seriously asked me to reconsider some of my standard assumptions. I realised that the comfort and safety that I have found … Continue reading Allowing for Allies
Content Warning: discussion of misogyny, racism, Islamaphobia, imperialism, oppression and mention of war, religion, Western beauty standards, sex, slut-shaming, victim-blaming and rape. This is quite a self-indulgent post. A post about trying to work out by working through, where my feminism stands in regards to others and about my conceptualisation of “feminism” itself. Lately I have begun to feel slightly torn about my own perception … Continue reading Intersectional, Radical, Unpalatable and Abrasive; that is the feminism I’m about.
This week I got a brief and exhilarating taste of the legitimacy with which people can treat you with if you’re white. I was ringing around archives to find out about dissertation research and at one point I realised, everyone was treating me with a bizarre level of legitimacy that I had not before experienced in doing my research. In that moment, it hit me. … Continue reading On “Sounding White” and Being Brown
‘You must be the change you want to see in the world’. Gandhi, of course, famously said this and every ‘liberal’ ‘leftie’ has at one time had it as their iPhone screen background in the course of their teenage-hood. It sounds inspiring, liberating and rewarding, but I’m sorry to say, its sentiment is one of the single most dangerous fallacies of our time. First it … Continue reading Why ‘Being the Change’ is Not Enough