My current read is Sensuous Knowledge: A Black Feminist Approach by the renowned writer and feminist theorist, Minna Salami. In the book, particularly in the first chapter, Of Knowledge, she introduces the phrase “Europatriarchal Knowledge” as the rigid, rule-bound and robotic way that dominates how we view knowledge–“It is a hierarchy-fixated construct that was initiated […]Read More ‘Europatriarchal Knowledge’ from the ‘Sensuous Knowledge’
I recently read a blog post on the difference between feminism and divine femininity. The author’s opinion was that feminism is not a true representation of femininity and that it is a movement designed to steer hatred towards men. After reading that article, I got to thinking, “Can one be feminine and feminist?” The feminism […]Read More Can one be feminine and feminist?
Colourism in Kenya is a widely ignored topic yet it is one of the most complex and sensitive issues that dark-skinned women have to deal with. But what is colourism? According to the Oxford dictionary, it is the prejudice or discrimination against individuals with a dark skin tone, typically among people of the same ethnic […]Read More The issue of colourism in Kenya
When most people hear the term pan-African, they almost immediately think of the likes of Kwame Nkrumah and Haile Selassie who spearheaded the need for unity of the African nations in a bid to gain independence from colonialism. Yet what is never mentioned are the African women who were central in the development of the movement — literature overlooked, […]Read More Pan African Feminism: ‘A Collective Movement’
Do you ever catch yourself saying “I’m not like other girls”? Do you use phrases like “Real men,” or “Real women”? Do you find yourself saying “Men are just like that,” or “That’s just how women are.” Ever said that you prefer having male friends because women stir drama? Ever thought that being a “guys’ […]Read More Are You Aware of Your Internalized Misogyny?
Internationally, feminism aims to liberate women from all types of oppression and provide solidarity among women of all countries. It’s a doctrine which advocates for the expansion of rights, of the role of women in society, which fights to establish social justice and get rid of gender inequality. As Chimamanda puts it, a feminist is […]Read More African Feminism vs Western Feminism
The term toxic masculinity is often used to imply that men, generally, are cold-hearted beasts but what it actually refers to is stereotypical male traits, validated by culture, taking forms that are not only damaging to the society but even to men themselves. In toxic masculinity strength morphs into violence and assertiveness turns into entitlement. […]Read More Toxic Femininity… The Female Equivalent of Toxic Masculinity