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?

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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

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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

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Podcast: Women’s Prize for Fiction – Still Necessary?

Our latest episode is in anticipation of the Women’s Prize for Fiction (also known as the Bailey’s Prize). In this episode, Amanda and Adiba discuss why the Women’s Prize for Fiction came about, and the criticism that it has often garnered. They consider whether the prize is still necessary today, and discuss women’s roles within… Continue reading Podcast: Women’s Prize for Fiction – Still Necessary?

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Podcast: Is Poetry Dead?

Happy poetry month to all our listeners! In this episode, Amanda and Adiba discuss poetry, and how it has impacted their lives. They also discuss some of their favourite poems, and read some works by various poets. They also speak about how poetry was a male-dominated genre but has significantly changed. Their discussion centres around… Continue reading Podcast: Is Poetry Dead?