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Published: 3 days ago

The F-word: The Place of Feminism In Contemporary Kenya

This is a transcript of a talk I gave at the British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA) on the topic “The F-Word”: What is the Place of Feminism in Contemporary Kenya? “Patriarchy, in many ways, is the primary form of oppression. Its victims comprise …

Published: 1 week ago

Opening Up

If there is a way I have failed my masculinity, it has been by way of omission. I keep returning to this idea of toxic masculinity. I keep returning to the correlation between toxicity and survival – this still remains too complicated a strand …

Published: 2 months ago

Revolutionary Type Love

“The world is changing and they say it’s time to be free But you live with the fear of just being me Living in the shadow feels like the safe place to be No harm for them, no harm for me But life is …

Published: 9 months ago

Flower Girls, Girlfriends and Sexist Discourse: The Politics of the Two-Thirds Gender Bill

by Wendy Okolo The African Human Development Report indicates that African countries make up four out of the top 10 countries with high levels of women representation in parliament. These four countries are Rwanda, Seychelles, Senegal, and South Africa. It comes as no surprise …

Published: 11 months ago

Open Letter to an African Writer

Dear Friend, I know this letter may come as a surprise to you. And I do not blame you. I have been largely absent. However, I think that I need to talk to you about this thing you call identity, with particular respect to …

Published: 1 year ago

What About the Men?

It feels like somewhere along the creation of metaphors the truth was lost. Which is to say that the truth can be hidden in plain sight. What’s right in front of you may actually be what is happening. Occam, a philisohpist by nature but, …

Published: 1 year ago

Of Men In Checked Shirts and Little Children

  This essay was taken from Brainstorm’s third e-book, Ha!Kuna Matata, which is on security in Kenya and is available for free. DOWNLOAD IT HERE to read more such essays. by Murugi Kagotho I met him the other day, this man. He was dressed in …

Published: 2 years ago

What About The Girl Child?

Two weeks ago in Bungoma County, twenty girls from Chelebei Secondary Schoolgirls in Mt Elgon were confirmed pregnant after a routine check by the school when they returned from the December holidays. Their deputy principal, David Emachar, blamed the girls’ parents for not closely …

Published: 2 years ago

On the Shoulders of Broken Men

Bothered by my constant crying my aunt shows me a book “real men don’t cry,” I want to be a real man. I stop crying. I don’t understand why real men didn’t cry. I’m just told they don’t. The only thing worse than not …

Published: 2 years ago

Hand me a Spanner

Feminist discussions with many friends often lead to “so why do you think you’re better than me?” And, no matter how many times I’m asked this I’m always surprised. There’s this idea that, because I’m speaking and thinking around patriarchy and about ways to …

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