Anyway, now I juggle two titles: Sensei, and Mom. And like all mothers before me, I am going to offer unsolicited wisdom, as revenge for all the unwanted advice I got from family, friends and complete strangers in the queue at Checkers (because nothing inspires condescending advice from randoms like a baby bump. The same f*ckers won’t offer you a chair to sit on, but they will ask about whether you plan to have natural birth or not. Rude.)
My Afropolitan Articles
I love seeing my name in lights, and digital lights are pretty great, but being on paper is still infinitely… Read more My Afropolitan Articles
A Bunch of White Guys, or The Hugo Awards
It isn’t a surprise to anyone that I am not the biggest fan of that literary ghetto of a genre,… Read more A Bunch of White Guys, or The Hugo Awards
Women Warrior Series: The Dahomey Amazons
Not long ago in West Africa, there was a warrior clan so fierce, so hardened and so unbelievably tough that it took the might of an industrialised nation just to slow them down.
I Fight Like a Girl
I may be a lone voice in this, but I really want to bring this rallying cry into the martial arts, and especially in karate. I hate hearing ‘you punch like a girl’ being leveled at boys, that anything feminine is inherently weaker. It is one of the reasons why we see such an attrition of young female budo-ka.
Women Warriors: The Gulabi Gang
The Gulabi Gang India, despite its respectable number of female goddesses, is not a country known for treating women well.… Read more Women Warriors: The Gulabi Gang
Review of The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes
Usually a book can be allocated its genre within a moment of reading the blurb and glancing at the jacket. But then there’s The Shining Girls, which gleefully refuses to pick a genre box to sit in, and decides that it will timeshare in several.
Feminism Isn’t a Hobby
Today, people will be wearing black in some kind of attempt to soothe their consciences about the appalling treatment of… Read more Feminism Isn’t a Hobby
Review of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis arrived with a great deal of literary street cred: it had been recommended… Read more Review of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
Criticism of The Fifty Shades Trilogy: Smackdown Round-up
I refuse to accept that there are better things for me to do with my time than round up all the best criticism of Fifty Shades of Fail. I could be saving kittens from trees, probably. However, if I could I would use this post to raise money for all the women that end up in abusive relationships like the one described in Shades of Black and Blue.