Everyone knows about the natural processes menstruating bodies are cycling through, but expect “it” to remain invisible (especially cisgender men) — out of sight and out of mind.
These attitudes, along with inflammatory rhetoric, often lead to violence, apathy and scapegoating on the part of Western populations. This in turn perpetuates a dangerous cycle of alienation and marginalization for non-white, non-Christian people, especially women, and particularly for those who wear hijab.
Wine as we know it embodies the construct of the feminine, traded in our cultural circles as the sensual, lighter counterpart to masculinized beer.
A teacher, healer, freedom fighter, and aunt to hip hop legend Tupac, Assata Shakur has organized against the prison-industrial complex, police brutality, discriminatory education, poverty, addiction, and hunger in Black and Brown neighborhoods.
Mother’s Day, by promoting the concept of an “ideal” family, mother, and mother-child relationship, excludes and alienates families that don’t fit that ideal. As a result, the holiday has become for many people a large source of distress, guilt, and shame.
Adichie, a Nigerian novelist, is one of the latest women to join the lineage of iconic feminist writers like Maya Angelou, Adrienne Rich and Toni Morrison in their literary portrayal of women’s voices.
There are many aspects of menstruation that are continuosly misunderstood including the basic processes that constitute the menstrual cycle, who experiences menstruation and its symptoms, or which symptoms are “normal” and which are more dangerous.
The reality is, gender exists on a spectrum — not a binary. So people who identify as one extreme of the spectrum, even if it does not match up with one’s biological sex, are equally valid, and those who identify as a woman should not feel like any less even if they were not born biologically female; what matters is how they feel and identify within.
To those readers who are of a more progressive nature, let me reiterate that it is not your job to constantly actualize activism and cure everyone, primarily those with whom you are close, of the aspects of their principles which you may find distasteful.
Postcolonial feminism resists Euro-American feminists’ tendency to universalize the shape oppression takes for women in various sociopolitical and historical contexts.