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
“I was handcuffed in the airport and that is the most heartbreaking thing for me because in my mind I thought people who were handcuffed were prisoners, people who have committed crimes, people who needed handcuffs. I was really distressed and I asked the officer not to do it because of the way I was… Continue reading Exposing Inhuman Treatment in Detention Centers
Adiba’s Perspective When you’re trying to convince someone that the goal of the feminist movement is equality between the genders, the thing they have the most difficulty grasping is, “why feminism?” As if the name of the movement being called after women, or the female gender, is somehow a hindrance to what it has achieved… Continue reading Why is it Called Feminism, and not Egalitarianism or Humanism?
In our introductory podcast, Amanda, Adiba, Katia, Charlot, and Ciannait discuss how they started Spectra, and their hopes for it. They also discuss feminism in general, and how it has affected their life. You can follow the podcast on itunes or stitcher. Links Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TedTalk and her book. photo credit: Johnny Silvercloud Fearing Diversity via… Continue reading Podcast: Introduction to Spectra and Feminism
Charlot’s Perspective It would be wrong to assume that there is only one definition of Feminism. I don’t think I have the right to define that word on behalf of everyone else. But I can speak for myself. At least for me, it’s a word that has changed its meaning countless times, and still is… Continue reading What is Feminism and What Does it Mean to You?
On the 8th of October I had the pleasure of taking part as a live translator at a Brazilian Activism event called ‘Encrespa Geral’ which was organized by Saulo Galtri who is a curly hair specialist and a natural hair advocate. The event’s focus was the empowerment of women through their natural hair. My Personal… Continue reading Encrespa Geral: How Hair Impacts Our Identity