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Mansplaining: The art of men explaining things we already know

Mansplain: the act of a man explaining something to a woman purely on the basis of her gender. Usually happens when the woman knows far more on the subject than the man in question. Portmanteau of the words man and explaining. One of the key components to mansplaining is to delight in condescending inaccurate explanations […]

I don’t need Veet to make me feel any worse about my leg hair

It turns out that women are actually men if they don’t shave their legs, or epilate, or Veet. That’s according to an ad campaign by Veet, the company that wants you to buy Veet. The product that removes hair from legs. It’s big business because – wait for it – adult women have...

India’s missing girls: Fears grow over rising levels of foeticide

In a village in India’s eastern state of Bihar, a baby girl is born. Her father, desperate for a boy, drowns the infant in a vat of milk in front of his neighbours. Thankfully, this is not a true story. It is the plot of the film Matrubhoomi: A Nation Without Women, which Time magazine...

Breaking down the desire to be thinner

The desire to be thin is so ingrained in our culture (thanks, $58.6 billion diet industry) that we don’t often ask the question — Why do you want to be thin? But what does being thin really mean? What would being thin mean to you? People often talk about thinness and the desire for thinness...

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Mansplaining: The art of men explaining things we already know

Mansplain: the act of a man explaining something to a woman purely on the basis of her gender. Usually happens when the woman knows far more on the subject than the man in question. Portmanteau of the words man and explaining. One of the key components to mansplaining is to delight in condescending...
Belinda Shange

Hip-hop: It’s bigger than pimps, ‘hoes’ and 20-inch rims

It’s safe to say that hip-hop is one of the most misunderstood movements of all time. I call it a movement because that’s what it is for me. Hip-hop has always served as a means through which disenfranchised youths work together to advance their shared political, social, or artistic...
Kagure Mugo

Techno-cupid: Flirting with disaster

Dating has come a long way since the days when someone would send you a well-crafted letter from many miles away and then eagerly await your reply. Gone are the days when someone who was trying to woo you would visit and sit for hours in a garden politely conversing about a whole lot of...
Carla Machen

Untamed

I have been teaching creativity to young children for the last two years. It has been an interesting journey not only into the inner worlds of these small folk but into the psyche of humans in general. The more we change the more we stay the same. We are tamed by society but that madly...
Nicki Dadic

Perfection can be painful

At dinner with two fellow mothers from my eldest son’s nursery school, we chatted about the issues we’d had with becoming mothers for the first and second time. These are two women who I know through my child’s friendship with their children. Our relationships are not (yet) deep....