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"The Vagina Manifesto"


When a law student uses the word “penultimate” or says they’re “excited by the opportunity”



See also: “I’d like to do legal aid with refugees in Indonesia so can I volunteer with you for 2 weeks? Maybe 3. I really want to be a human rights lawyer but I have to get back in time for Law Firm Clerkship Interviews.”

Thing I wrote this week at @junkeedotcom 

I have depression. I also love a lot of people with depression. I think my depression has helped me to be a relatively good friend to other people who have depression.

Luckily, not everyone has depression. But everyone probably knows and cares about someone who does. I can imagine that it’s hard to look after someone like me - I know those who’ve looked after me over the years struggled but they are wonderful and I will always love them and respect them for it.

This piece is basically an attempted how-to-guide that goes with this excellent Stephen Fry quote:

It’s hard to be a friend to someone who’s depressed, but it is one of the kindest, noblest, and best things you will ever do.

The amazeballz Steph and Alex at Junkee worked very hard to get this in to shape, and I am very grateful to them for their excellentness.

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Kanye West - Blood On The Leaves

"I’m 36 years old and I have 21 Grammys. That’s the most Grammys of any 36-year-old. Out of all of those 21 Grammys, I’ve never won a Grammy against a white artist. … So when the Grammys nominations come out, and ‘Yeezus’ is the top one or two album on every single list, but only gets two nominations from the Grammys, what are they trying to say? Do they think that I wouldn’t notice? Do they think that, someway, that I don’t have the power to completely diminish all of their credibility at this moment?” -Kanye West (source HuffPost)

Pretty much.

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"I solemnly swear that I am up to no good"

One of my favourite articles of 2013 was Sarah Kendzior’s ”In defence of complaining" on Al Jezeera online.

I loved it because Kendzior perfectly set out how the traffickers of optimism operate (intentionally or not) in concert with the status quo. When people pointing out problems are told to “lighten up, suck it up, chin up, buck up”, Kendzior points out, they are being told —

"In other words: shut up."

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hello I have been meaning to do my list of the writers of colour thing but here’s one they prepared earlier—-


Reading List: Books Released by African Authors in 2013

A. Igoni Barrett, ‘Love is Power, or Something Like That’

  • A powerful short story collection from the author of ‘From Caves of Rotting Teeth’, Nigerian writer Igoni is also something of a literary activist, pioneering a 6-week reading tour by prominent African writers across 4 cities; and founder of the Book Jam reading series. Read more of his work on Guernica and AGNI.

NoViolet Bulawayo, ‘We Need New Names’ 

  • Zimbabwean writer Bulawayo won the Caine Prize in 2011 for her story ‘Hitting Budapest’. She recently spoke at the PEN World Voices Festival in New York where she said “I write from my blood’. This is her debut novel.

Mukoma wa Ngugi, ‘Black Star Nairobi’

  • The name gives it away: the Kenyan author - who splits his time between Kenya and the US - is the son of African lit giant Ngugi wa Thiong’o. He’s also a professor at Cornell University, and his first novel, ‘Nairobi Heat’, is being made into a film

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, ‘Americanah’

  • Known worldwide for her speeches as well as her books, ‘Americanah’ is the Nigerian author’s third novel. The film adaptation of her bestseller’Half of a Yellow Sun’ (2006) starring Thandie Newton and Chiwetel Ejiofor is due to be released later this year. Adichie is the founder of the Farafina Writers Workshop which is currently accepting applications.

Taiye Selasi, ‘Ghana Must Go’

  • With endorsements by the likes of Salman Rushdie and Toni Morrison, Selasi is quickly establishing herself as a voice to look out for. Her linguistically experimental novel follows a family dealing with love, life-building and the pains of migration. She’s also known for penning the so-called Afropolitan manifesto ‘Bye-Bye Barbar (Or: What is an Afropolitan?)

'There is a Country: Fiction from South Sudan'

  • This anthology of eight stories from the world’s newest nation South Sudan is published by McSweeney’s and treats themes of war, migration and displacement as well as love, described as ‘a fresh and necessary account of an emerging nation, past and present’. 

Alain Mabanckou, ‘Tomorrow I Will be Twenty Years Old’

  • This is Congolese novelist, poet and journalist Mabanckou’s newest novel, based loosely on his childhood in Congo. It follows 10 year old Michel, his dreams and dramas with his 12yr old girlfriend Caroline all set against the ‘big’ geopolitical issues of the day. He’s the author of ‘African Psycho’ and 9 other novels.

Aminatta Forna, ‘The Hired Man’

  • Forna is an author and documentary-maker of Sierra-Leonean and Scottish/British heritage. She’s the author of ‘The Memory of Love’ (2010) and her memoir ‘The Devil that Danced on the Water’ (2003) explored the conspiracy surrounding her father’s death by the Sierra Leonean government. Her new novel ‘The Hired Man’ is set in Croatia and looks at the ‘ethnic cleansing’ which followed the dismantling of the former Yugoslavia. It’s been praised by critics.

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Intersectionality and Solidarity 

In case youse guyses aren’t following sunilidotnet:

I’ve started contributing to a group blog to discuss feminism from different perspectives. Here’s my first post.

It’s about “solidarity” in a reaction to all those who say “intersectionality” is divisive.

For me, it’s the exact opposite.

As a woman from a migrant background raised in the West, my understanding about oppression and ways to address it have been strengthened by learning from the work of Black American feminists, Indigenous feminists from Australia and overseas, queer feminists and trans* feminists, and many other perspectives (such as the approaches of disability activists like Stella Young).

I feel pretty damn lucky that a bunch of amazing women invited me to share my thoughts on this. There’s a lot more of this stuff to talk about so follow @intersectoz for more.

Why don’t we stop telling other women what they should do and instead, simply share with other women what we do ourselves?
Corinne Grant, in an article telling women what they should do.
Talking about whether Beyoncé is a feminist or not is nowhere near as important as finding ways to lift disadvantaged women out of poverty and violence
a dot point in Corinne Grant’s “feminist manifesto”, from an article about saying Beyoncé is not a feminist.
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