Tag Archives: racism

After the Election

On 9th November, I woke up to a text from my boyfriend: “Trump has won.” It still hasn’t quite sunk in. I spent most of yesterday reeling, stunned, occasionally losing myself in something else, only for the horror to come crashing … Continue reading

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Inappropriate: Why it’s important to care about cultural appropriation

Former reading (because, as always, the first people you should listen to on any topic are the people that topic directly affects): Everything from Native Appropriations, but particularly But why can’t I wear a hipster headdress? What’s wrong with cultural appropriation? … Continue reading

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See Yourself: Malorie Blackman and diversity in children’s books

I’ve already mentioned my love of Malorie Blackman and her work. I grew up on books like Hacker and Thief, and it’s no exaggeration to say that her Noughts and Crosses series literally changed my life – it’s influenced my … Continue reading

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Beyond Words

This wasn’t the blog I was planning to write today. The blog I was turning over in my head was a rather rambly, navel-gazing essay on the Divergent series, mental illness, and ways to try and be a good person … Continue reading

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Write Right

I think about writing a lot. Not just about stories as they unfold, or what my characters are up to, or the mechanics of putting words together in the right way, but about the political and cultural issues around writing … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Anger

My weekend turned out to be very busy. I met up with some old school friends for curry and a catch-up, I went to a food festival with my parents and said hello to some piglets, and I incited racial … Continue reading

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Don’t Lean In, Whip It: A call to white feminism

Former Reading: A lot of women and other people have said what I’m about to say far better than I can, with reference to their own lived experience. Please read their thoughts, and don’t just take my word for things! … Continue reading

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