some of my favourite sketches

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unashamedly unashamed

To tower and command, infiltrate and conquer,

My space, the space that continued to tighten around me like a noose –

Noose of rope, constricting, rolling like black waves,

to drown, drown my resistance.

My voice shook but never wavered as I spoke –

Impassioned and Indignant,

that I would be both woman and human.

That my alone-ness was taken as an opportunity,

I was reduced to being a receptacle.

A door to a room that would never be mine,

A cog in a wheel that chugged and chugged onward –

Onward to a place I dared not tread.

That I should have to protect myself

because my body is a battleground

where undesirables can stake their claims.

Where I should expect a war

And prepare for an invasion.

a body expected to bow and yield

Yield the treasures of my company.

But I refuse to yield,

I refuse to cower

Because my body is my own.

I will fear no shame

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Pipe Down the Whiteness

Discussions of race, gender and sexuality are usually featured in the peripheries of popular culture. Jenji Kohan’s new television series Orange is the New Black attempts to unpack these issues in an accessible way, which is exactly what is incredibly problematic. Whilst I genuinely enjoy watching Orange is the New Black (OITNB), the very notion that the show’s creators believed that OITNB should explore and unpack race through the perspective of a white, middle class woman is irritatingly familiar and disappointing.

On numerous occasions the show’s writer and creator Jenji Kohan has expressed the utility of the protagonist, Piper, as a ‘Trojan Horse’ in lessening the stigma of discussing race in a public forum. However, as a result, audiences can be ‘tricked’ into caring about the issues that Women of Colour face, when in reality we should be celebrating movies and TV series that have protagonists that are people of colour. However, show itself provides an amazing platform for a range of different women of different races and sexualities to share their stories.

Like many TV series, it’s very easy to sympathise with Piper, a white, middle class, bisexual woman who is incarcerated for smuggling drug money. But as the series progressed I found myself skipping her needlessly self indulgent antics, and instead found myself falling in love with characters that I felt were more relatable as a person of colour.

In particular the portrayal of Gloria Mendoza, played by Selenis Leyva, as a passionate and protective Latina was a character I finally felt represented a part of my culture that I hadn’t seen on television before. In an interview with Refinery29, Leyva advocated for the Latin American community, discussing how many of the roles that were originally intended for Latina women were often played by White women, and how the entire spectrum of Latina women of different descent, shape, size, colour and shade should not be pigeonholed into Hollywood’s narrow definition.

OITNB does an amazing job at telling the much-needed stories of people of colour, but the centralised problem lies within its main context. OITNB is set in a women’s prison, where the ratio of Women of Colour versus the ratio of white women is severely unbalanced. We expect Women of Colour to outnumber white women in prisons, because women of colour are criminals and are highly invested in crime. OITNB feeds surreptitiously into this harmful narrative where Piper is a ‘Fish out of Water,’ as it would be unheard of for a White women to ‘belong’ in a prison. Thereby, Women of Colour become the inevitable collateral damage. This is the most harmful and threatening aspect of the Latin/African American Prison narrative, which is often taken as the norm.

This all comes together and makes clear the struggle that Women of Colour continuously face, the constant mitigation and concessions of the implications of how Men of Colour and White people see us.

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Reserving the right to be unapologetic

Its the first time I’ve posted in along time!

reading through my blog from circa 2014 I’ve noticed that a lot of the views I held I no longer hold or rather I’ve adapted my ideas and opinions (also improved my grasp on grammar).

Its an interesting thought to see how someone can change so much in the span of 2 years. I’m still a feminist, but I’ve quelled the rage a bit – but perhaps become a bit snarkier and definitely more eloquent.🙂

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“We need to rec…

“We need to reclaim the word ‘feminism’. We need the word ‘feminism’ back real bad. When statistics come in saying that only 29% of American women would describe themselves as feminist – and only 42% of British women – I used to think, What do you think feminism IS, ladies? What part of ‘liberation for women’ is not for you? Is it freedom to vote? The right not to be owned by the man you marry? The campaign for equal pay? ‘Vogue’ by Madonna? Jeans? Did all that good shit GET ON YOUR NERVES? Or were you just DRUNK AT THE TIME OF THE SURVEY?”

– Caitlin MoranHow to Be a Woman

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Hiatus somewhat explained

So a lot of you may or may not have noticed that I’ve taken a bit of a break in my angry/passive aggressive rants; no, I’m still quite livid, I just have a lot going on at the moment, but I will try to keep updating soon and thank you for bearing with me (y).

 

 

Thanks guys!!
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Feminism is not a Dirty Word

An exceptional article written by one of the Lecturers at the University of Sydney, by far one of the most understanding and engaging articles that I’ve read in a long time!

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Sexism and Misogyny in Advertising

Sexism and Misogyny in Advertising

‘what the fuck does a car have to do with a wom*n’s ass’
– Vanessa C Song

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“Now, should we…

“Now, should we treat women as independent agents, responsible for themselves? Of course. But being responsible has nothing to do with being raped. Women don’t get raped because they were drinking or took drugs. Women do not get raped because they weren’t careful enough. Women get raped because someone raped them.”
― Jessica Valenti

The Purity Myth: How America’s Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women

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Virginia Woolf.

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