• The Feminist Diaries,  Thoughts

    Intersectional Feminism

    CHYNNA There is a danger in the way feminism works. I should elaborate. There is a danger in the way white feminism works. Everywhere we look there is something in the media. Reminding us of its unwillingness to take up how race, class and gender impact womanhood. Take a look at the recent Pepsi advert in which Kendall Jenner leaves her modelling gig and joins a protest. She hands over a can of Pepsi to a white male officer who in turn receives it, turns to his colleague and smiles. I can’t believe Kendall Jenner single-handedly stopped police brutality with a can of Pepsi. We should have been doing this…

  • The Feminist Diaries,  Thoughts

    A Culture of Casual Misogyny

    MUTAY Recently I came across casual misogyny in reference to my dressing style. I like to dress for comfort, so my wardrobe is full of non-form fitting clothes and baggy trousers. This sparked a conversation in the office about dressing more “lady-like”. I had one question for them ‘Why the hell are you projecting your idea of what ladies should be wearing on to me?’ Surely the autonomy lies on myself to garnish my body with the ill-fitting material that I so choose. I wish it was easier to be able to call men and women out on casual stereotyping but sometimes it’s hard because you feel like a nitpicking…

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    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in Conversation

    I posted last week about International Women’s Day and how there are some people who will take every opportunity to tear down a day that celebrates women from all walks of life. I included a quote from Maya Angelou, “I’m a woman, phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, that’s me.” But what makes me a phenomenal woman? If I boil it down simply, the supportive women in my life. My mother has always been a leading figure in my life, alongside my grandmother. My best friend, Mutay. My friends who I have known since secondary school. Behind every successful woman is herself – and an army of supportive ladies. Without these important people…