Culture · Perspectives

The Invisibility of Dark Skin Women in the Cosmetic Sector

 Source: stylecraze.com For many women, the simplest idea of finding yourself without makeup is an excuse to go shopping. It’s like going out on an adventure seeking what is new in the market for them, probably like “me” time.  For me, each second of this process can be a fight, where most of the time I… Continue reading The Invisibility of Dark Skin Women in the Cosmetic Sector

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If Your Partner Pays for a Date, Can You Still be a Feminist?

Amanda: I don’t think allowing someone to pay for you makes you any less of a feminist, the same way paying for someone doesn’t make you more of one. The question is problematic in itself because it only takes into account heterosexual interactions. The problem is not one partner paying for the other but the… Continue reading If Your Partner Pays for a Date, Can You Still be a Feminist?

Book Club · Culture

Mirror on the Veil: Addressing the Diverse Perspectives of Muslim Women

Back when I was doing my undergraduate, one of the societies in our university was having a debate on the hijab. It promised to be the same old rhetoric that we’ve been hearing over and over again for years: is the hijab oppressive? Can Muslims be feminist? There was nothing new, innovative, or revolutionary about… Continue reading Mirror on the Veil: Addressing the Diverse Perspectives of Muslim Women

Perspectives

Trapped by Eurocentric Beauty: the Ubiquity of Skin Bleaching

  For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to be pretty. What ‘pretty’ meant was a mystery to me. In some ways, it still remains one. In the eyes of many African and Asian girls, ‘pretty’ entails Eurocentric features. Lighter pigmentation, lighter eye colour, a narrow nose; everything that is connected… Continue reading Trapped by Eurocentric Beauty: the Ubiquity of Skin Bleaching

Culture

8 Feel-Good Queer Movies To Brighten Up Your Day

To celebrate Pride month, we’ve put together a list of eight feel-good queer movies. It can be quite a slog to uncover the gems in this relatively uncharted category. Those that are out there are not without problems, with sparse representation of people of colour, trans, and intersex characters across the board. Things are getting better,… Continue reading 8 Feel-Good Queer Movies To Brighten Up Your Day

Culture

Unrestrained Voices: 10 Diverse LGBTQIA+ Webcomics To Read

I first started reading LGBTQIA+ webcomics around the age of 14, when I accidentally stumbled upon a Japanese genre called Yaoi and Shounen ai. Translated as ‘boy love’, these are genres that depict a love story between two males, and are quite popular in both Japanese manga (comics) and anime (animation). At the time it was hard… Continue reading Unrestrained Voices: 10 Diverse LGBTQIA+ Webcomics To Read

Features

Cabin Fever in Mosney: Can We End the Isolation of Direct Provision?

  Mosney was supposed to be a short-term solution. 18 years on, the campus houses over 600 people. Newcomers to Ireland who have already faced years of instability are forced to spend months, and often years, in direct provision centres such as Mosney. In a recent piece, I argued that Ireland’s long history with emigration… Continue reading Cabin Fever in Mosney: Can We End the Isolation of Direct Provision?