Activism

Your Misunderstanding of Intersectionality is Harming Black Women

If you’re someone who is active on social media, you’ll be familiar with the “woke” buzzwords that get used online. Words such as white privilege, cultural appropriation, feminism, and intersectionality are all regularly thrown around as users try to prove how socially aware they are. But while a greater awareness …

The + in LGBTQ+: An Interview with Yasmin Benoit, Asexual Activist and Model

“I may not be in the first four letters, but I do not relate to the heterosexual experience in the slightest.” Yasmin Benoit, asexual activist and model, speaks from the ‘The + in LGBTQ+’ panel at Student Pride 2019. Discussing frequently side-lined identities such as asexuality, intersex and non-binary, the …

Pride is a Protest, Not a Music Festival

I took a local approach to Pride 2018. I couldn’t afford tickets to some of the larger Prides in bigger cities, nor the train fares and hotel stays that I’d need alongside them. Instead, I hopped on my usual bus and headed into town for my local Pride event. I …

Gillette Puts Its Money Where Its Mouth is in New Ad

Last week, shaving brand Gillette released what may already end up being one of the most controversial adverts of 2019. The message that’s caused so much uproar? ‘We know that men can do better.’ Scandalous. Bringing a new and more powerful meaning to their thirty-year-old tagline “The Best a Man …

Trump’s America Has Been the Reality for Trans Women for Decades

We’re two years into Trump’s America, and so far we’ve seen hateful acts that seemed unfathomable just two years ago. Besides his blatant racism and xenophobia, one of the most prominent prongs of the Trump hate-train is a deep and violent misogyny, reflected in the president’s speech, rhetoric, and political …

One Hundred Chibok Girls Remain Kidnapped by Boko Haram

Trigger Warning: This post contains mention of rape, abuse, and violence against women and girls. — In April 2014, Boko Haram, a violent militant Islamic terrorist group, abducted 276 school girls from Chibok in northern Nigeria. The girls were hidden in the Sambisa forest and were raped, abused, sold off as …