Rita Nketiah outlines the ways respectability politics constrains African women and girls from expressing the totality of their humanity
For various reasons, too many of us Africans do not ‘bring the revolution home’. But then what does it mean for me to ask so-called white allies to confront their own friends and family members about racism and white supremacy when I cannot also talk to mine about sexism, Islamaphobia and transphobia?
Black people simply have not learned enough about each other’s struggles. Most of what we know of each other has been filtered through mainstream white media images that have never depicted us with any real agency or nuance. While Black History Month has come to a close, we must continue to take time to reflect, learn, share and teach each other and the larger society about who we are and who we have been.
Are African women between a rock and a hard place when it comes to feminism and bodily adornment? One African female writer explores what it means to be fierce, fly AND feminist.