African Feminist Initiative Releases Solidarity Statement Regarding “Sex For Grades” Scandal

The statement is below:   We are African feminist scholars and feminist scholars of Africa, working in institutions both on and off the continent. All of us have direct or second-hand experience of, or are familiar with the kinds of sexual harassment which the BBC Africa Eye documentary: Sex for Grades exposed recently. Last year, … Continue reading African Feminist Initiative Releases Solidarity Statement Regarding “Sex For Grades” Scandal

Ghanaian Muslimahs Resist Misogyny based Christian Fundamentalist Body Policing

Written By Bashiratu Kamal [Photo Credit: Abdul Raafi Mohammed-Fishbone] On Saturday October 12, hordes of Muslim women in Ghana came out for the #hijabisanidentity march in Tamale, Kumasi and Accra. Hijabis and allies marched to uphold the religious freedoms of Muslim women and girls.  The alarming increase in the discrimination, exploitation and marginalization of Muslim women … Continue reading Ghanaian Muslimahs Resist Misogyny based Christian Fundamentalist Body Policing

For The Girls of Tomorrow Existing Today: Reclaiming Our Bodies

There are these two young fish swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says, “Morning, boys, how's the water?” And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes, “What … Continue reading For The Girls of Tomorrow Existing Today: Reclaiming Our Bodies

Why “Smart” Men Still Hold On To Sexism – 5 explanations

"Why are smart men still sexist?" The question itself is a bad one. Why do we presume smarter people possess better ethics? Well, it is because we are ableist. Ableism is the systematic maltreatment and disenfranchisement of people with disabilities. One's moral code has much to do with their socialization and their integrity, and little to do … Continue reading Why “Smart” Men Still Hold On To Sexism – 5 explanations

The Flimsy Analogy ofPenile-Vaginal Penetrative Sex As A Key And Lock?

There is a popular metaphor used to deny women full control of our bodies, and used to  justify a sexual double standard. It goes like this: "A key that can open many locks is called a master key, but a lock that can be opened by many keys is a shitty lock.” This metaphor is … Continue reading The Flimsy Analogy ofPenile-Vaginal Penetrative Sex As A Key And Lock?

Why Abusive Men Falsely Believe They’re “Good Guys”: Chivalry’s Distortion of Morality

There are many ways people pretend to be ethical. A popular way is to focus on religious identities while ignoring the substantive ways in which religious people treat others. As previously discussed, hyper-religious, post-colonial spaces like Ghana pay closer attention to whether people call themselves "Christian" or "Muslim" than to whether people treat other people … Continue reading Why Abusive Men Falsely Believe They’re “Good Guys”: Chivalry’s Distortion of Morality

Saving Yourself For Marriage: Examining Women’s Inferior Right To Body Ownership

Regrettably this post exclusively focuses on sexual autonomy in a heterosexual context. The idea of "saving yourself for marriage" is a patriarchal concept that stifles women's sexual autonomy. Even worse, "saving yourself for marriage" places women's right to bodily ownership into men's hands. Utilizing concepts from American Legal Jurisprudence, this essay argues that while men … Continue reading Saving Yourself For Marriage: Examining Women’s Inferior Right To Body Ownership

Stand Up For Yourself Girl, Men of Quality Support Gender Equality Anyway

Let no man convince you that you will only be deserving of love after you have stifled your soul to cower under his big boot.  I mean this sincerely and earnestly when I say: you are beyond foolish if you sacrifice self-sufficient, dignified personhood for a dictator you will also call a husband. Many Ghanaian … Continue reading Stand Up For Yourself Girl, Men of Quality Support Gender Equality Anyway