“The way the world looks at me is definitely not aligned with my intention of myself and therefore, its power is not reaffirmed for I feel no feelings of subjugation to it.” This is a fantastic read on the background to the #iamnotmyprofilepicture movement happening. It is also an insight as to how critical thinking…

A long (and hopefully coherent) comment on Honest’s post on Lupita Nyong’o

I am speaking from a place of skin privilege, and while I worry about the worship of Lupita by media and think that there is room for more dark skinned women on Hollywood’s beauty charts, I still feel this is hardly making a dent in the life of an average dark skinned woman on the continent.

Was Lupita Nyongo’s “beauty” a personal struggle or social award?

Lupita Nyong’O said, “you cant eat beauty,” but today, beauty sure does affect how much you eat. The problem is that this beauty is not a personal struggle: Though we might struggle till we become beautiful, that resolution comes from the endorsement of those with the power to do so. What can we observe about Lupita Nyong’O’s hollywood journey to think deeply about how we label beauty before it is fed to us on magazine covers?

OBR and Global Movements: Did you rise for justice?

But, the woman’s body has been a site for a lot of trauma. Our experiences vary because every movement is coded from birth by culture so we cannot possibly combat violence by flashmobbing our way through Valentine’s day, or whatever else we would like to call it. I would like to take my body back- I don’t have to say “vagina” for that, hopefully. Dancing would be nice, but maybe some exercises first so I can protect myself.