From Pakistan, With Love

“The “skinny bitch” backlash, it’s important to understand, comes from a position of profound privilege. And, yes, I do mean “privilege” in the most classical sense of the word; skinny people materially benefit from social bias against fat people. Recent studies have shown that overweight students, particularly girls, are less likely to be admitted to university. Obese employees are thirty-seven times more likely to report employment discrimination than their “normal weight” colleagues. The vast majority of health care professionals stereotype heavy patients and chalk up any and all health problems to their weight gain, leading to widespread misdiagnosis.”


July 27th Calgary, Canada

(via randomactsofchaos)


Like where did people get reading comprehension skills that told them that they can take three sentences from any book of their choice - let alone Scripture - and make value judgements without any context or even reading of the two sentences before or after it

Like whose idea was this who thought this was a valid way of approaching anything in life

You can now pay someone’s delinquent Detroit water bill online


I cant help right now, but hopefully some of y’all can.

(Source: glegrumbles, via ethiopienne)

"Contrary to popular stereotypes, professors in women’s studies classes did not and do not trash work by men; we intervene on sexist thinking by showing that women’s work is often just as good, as interesting, if not more so, as work by men. So-called great literature by men is critiqued only to show the biases present in the assessment of aesthetic value. I have never taken a women’s studies course or heard about one where works by men were deemed unimportant
or irrelevant. Feminist critiques of all-male canons of scholarship or literary work expose biases based on gender. Importantly, these exposures were central to making a place for the recovery of women’s work and a contemporary place for the production of new work by and about women”
bell hooks

"Before women’s studies classes, before feminist literature, individual women learned about feminism in groups. The women in those groups were the first to begin to create feminist theory which included both an analysis of sexism, strategies for challenging patriarchy, and new models of social interaction. Everything we do in life is rooted in theory. Whether we consciously explore the reasons we have a particular perspective or take a particular action there is also an underlying system shaping thought and practice. In its earliest in- ception feminist theory had as its primary goal explaining to women and men how sexist thinking worked and how we could challenge and change it.
In those days most of us had been socialized by parents and society to accept sexist thinking. We had not taken time to figure out the roots of our perceptions. Feminist thinking and feminist theory urged us to do that.”
bell hooks

"Male bonding was an accepted and affirmed aspect of patriarchal culture. It was simply assumed that men in groups would stick together, support one another, be team players, place the good of the group over individual gain and recognition. Female bonding was not possible within patriarchy; it was an act of treason. Feminist movement created the context for female bonding. We did not bond against men, we bonded to protect our interests as women. When we challenged professors who taught no books by women, it was not because we did not like those professors (we often did); rightly, we wanted an end to gender biases in the classroom and in the curriculum."
bell hooks.

“The technique turned out to be so powerful that it changed Israelis’ viewpoints on the firmly entrenched conflict between Israel and Palestine.”


I’ve been thinking that one of the points missed when people get pissed off at “I’m a feminist but not a fat, ugly dyke” is that nearly all the feminists worth giving a shit about were at least 2 out of 3: Bela Abzug, Audre Lorde, Ti Grace Atkinson, Andrea Dworkin,…


There is power in looking” – bell hooks

Socially constructed ideas about race and gender remain key in how Women of Colour perceive themselves. Patterns of images used by media, culture and society constantly tell us what we should look like and who we should be. They produce a literal and symbolic gaze outside of the self in order to render these bodies into objects to be looked at.

The importance of the gaze then is that it allows dominant groups the power to control how Women of Colour interact with social spaces, other people, and most importantly with themselves. The ‘gaze’, however, is never totalizing and looking can offer an important space of critical resistance.

Using film, visual art, dance and poetry, A Different Mirror provides a platform for Women of Colour artists to explore the conflicts about how we see ourselves versus how we are seen.

The 3 day exhibition and educational activities confront these crucial questions about the systems or structures that shape our relationship to our bodies and its connection to our identities. It holds up a mirror to see and know ourselves differently.

Exhibition Public Opening Times:

Saturday 26th April 2014 10 am – 5pm

Sunday 27th April 2014 12 pm – 5pm

 Featuring works by: Indigo Williams, Lesley Asare, Sanaa Hamid, Nasreen Raja, Sarina Leah Mantle, Wasma Mansour, Uchenna Dance, Patricia Kaersenhout, and Ng’endo Mukii, Aowen Jin, Janine ‘j*9′ Francois, Clare Eluka, and Emerzy Corbin.

Reflections: Art as a Tool for Healing

Saturday 26th of April 2014

6:30pm – 8:30pm £7.50 (early bird £6.50)

This artist seminar explores the ways in which art can be used to heal and empower ourselves and others. It offers insight into different artistic mediums and how these artists have used their practices for reclamation and transformation.

Featuring a performance by writer Yrsa Daley-Ward, talks by Indigo Williams (poet) and Lesley Asare (visual and performance artist) of I Shape Beauty, and a panel discussion featuring Sharmila ChauhanAowen Jin, Vicki Igbokwe (Uchenna Dance) and Bola Agbaje.

Eventbrite - Reflections: Art as a Tool for Healing

Journeys and Reflections: Women’s Circle

Sunday 27th of April 2014 

10am – 12pm (Free)

Join us for an intimate afternoon of yoga and meditation (with Michelle Holmes), tea and cake, and collage making to share your journeys to self-acceptance with us.

We have 12 spaces for Women of Colour aged 18 + To reserve your place email

Video Credit – OOMK ZINE
Music – Janelle Monáe – Q.U.E.E.N. feat. Erykah Badu