Author: Jai Deo

British-Indian’s Need More Narratives of Joy

When I was ten, I picked up a book that was lying on the table in my aunt’s house. The girl on the cover looked too much like me to resist. She had Indian skin, black hair in pigtails, and exuded youth. The only difference was that I couldn’t see …

Americanising Moana: The Accent Problem in Children’s Films

What do the children’s films Kung Fu Panda, Moana, and How To Train Your Dragon have in common? If you guessed that they’re all fantastic films, then you’d be right. However, there is also another weird similarity. Have you noticed anything strange about the accents of the characters? I’ve noticed …

Britain’s Long and Dark Relationship with Eugenics

Trigger Warning: This article contains discussions of ableism (including ableist slurs), classim, racism, and eugenics. — Recently, Conservative Vice-Chair Ben Bradley made headlines by calling for people living in poverty to be sterilised in order to prevent Britain from “drowning in a vast sea of unemployed wasters.” Granted, he did write …

Mixed Race Children and the Violence of the British Empire

Trigger Warning: This piece discusses racism and the oppression of people of colour, and mixed race children in particular. — BBC 3 recently published a video entitled ‘Things Not To Say To Someone Of Mixed Race,’ as part of their series in which minorities discuss uncomfortable comments they often hear. In …

Is Feminism for Men?

Controversy was everywhere when Emma Watson launched her He for She campaign, and that controversy has never really gone away. Essentially, the debate boiled down to this: Should feminism be marketed towards men? After all, hasn’t every freedom women have ever had to fight for been blocked by male misogynists? …