This post is based off a discussion I led this week on ‘Decolonising Feminism’. *** When we think of feminism we tend to think of the suffragettes and suffragists asking for the vote and political rights in late 1890s and 1900s Britain. We then follow that up with the 1960s ‘sexual revolution’ which saw issues to do with sexuality, sex and bodies come to the … Continue reading Decolonising Feminism
Content Warning: body image, beauty standards, white supremacy, male gaze, misogyny, sexualisation, desirability. The other day I saw a post online which articulated something to me that I have never properly addressed. It wasn’t complex, it was very straightforward, and that’s why it hit me so hard. It said, ‘I’m realising that all the girls I was jealous of n thought were super beautiful n … Continue reading ‘Classically beautiful’ just means White
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.
“I thought you saw me as a friend, not just some generic white man.” When I received that text last week I was baffled. Baffled for several reasons. My first thought was “are they incompatible?” because, realistically the sender in question was both my friend and a white man. The more I thought about it though I realised that by the use of “generic” this … Continue reading Are we losing straight white men from the cause by calling them “straight white men”?
Cambridge’s Women’s Forum was hosted by FLY (the BME women’s group) last night. It was a fantastic event and a lively discussion where a lot of people probably were made to consider things they hadn’t before. One of the points I was keen to emphasise at the event was one which is especially relevant to Cambridge and other ‘intellectual’ spaces: that of invalidating people’s lived experiences. … Continue reading Academic invalidation of Lived Experience
This week saw two amazing events in Cambridge. One was an event by Cambridge’s trans community on the history of the trans movement in the UK and especially its relationship with the feminist movement; and the second was an event called ‘Gender and Capitalism’ which was just so reassuringly radical and exciting. Both these things got me thinking about what is really missing in the … Continue reading Solidarity in the Women’s Movement
I read this brilliant review of Yasmin Alibhai-Brown’s new book Refusing The Veil today. Wow. Although I should probably read the book itself, the review got me thinking about all the ridiculous so-called feminist arguments against Muslim women’s clothing. From my own point of view, as a British Muslim woman who defines herself as a feminist I find it abhorrent, absurd and completely patronising that this debate … Continue reading Dear “liberal feminists”, please allow me a LITTLE agency???