My Feminism Looks Like… Adwoa

A personal interview for an African Feminist Project

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Screen Shot 2015-05-22 at 13.04.331. Can you tell me a little about yourself?

Name is Adwoa, I am Ghanaian and I feast on the elixir of life: the souls of bigots. It nourishes me. Makes my hair thicker, skin sleeker, tongue sharper and pussy finer. I run the blog ghanafeminism.com and I’m a recent law school graduate. My only life goal is to reduce human suffering while maintaining personal happiness.

2. Who’s your favourite feminist?

My favorite feminist differs depending on how I feel on that day. Today it is former head of state of Burkina Faso, Thomas Sankara. Because Sankara did what no head of state has ever done, center women’s liberation as a foundational and necessary part of Burkina and equity.

3. What is your take on pornography?

I support sex work. And I acknowledge the unjust economic instituions, that take monopolize resources in ruling class men’s hands, such that their sexual…

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“Women For Gender Roles In Ghana” Protest Rice Cookers To Maintain Marriages

Well what if they invent a machine that can cook too? What will wives be for?
Well what if they invent a machine that can cook too? What will wives be for?

“Women For Gender Roles In Ghana”, a local organization filled with patriarchal princesses committed to perpetuating male dominance have issued an official statement protesting rice cookers,  dish washers, and other house-hold appliances for threatening their marital homes. In the released statement, the fearful women complained that technological advances usurped their entire life purpose of humbly providing domestic services to men as a mechanism for respect. “As women we exist to clean and cook for men in marriages,” the leader of the organization stated, “if these machines keep doing our jobs why would men continue to marry us?”  Continue reading

Ugly Nti Deɛn? Embracing The Subversive As Liberation

abuse 5I could be the ugliest, most grotesque women on the earth and I would still be the flyest muthafucker breathing. Because I am brilliant, I am bold, I am relentless, ungovernable, unsociable, and an intentionally molded human archetype of Maame Wata herself. Chale, I just dey be kɛkɛ. Feminists are Ugly? So fuckin’ what? The looks of  feminists are completely irrelevant to the global movement for equitable social conditions.  It is about time the focus on women shifted from whether our bodies aesthetically appeal to men, to what we contribute to this world as people. Not everyday self-worth because you fit into arbitrary social standards of beauty. Not everyday self-worth because of the opinions of random bald men on the internet about your looks. Sometimes intrinsic self esteem because fuck it nigga you’re here. Continue reading

Mother’s Day: Reproductive Justice in Ghana

Photo Credit: http://ghanamagazine.com/life-style/relationships-dating/mothers-day-exclusive-its-all-about-my-mother/
Photo Credit: http://ghanamagazine.com/life-style/relationships-dating/mothers-day-exclusive-its-all-about-my-mother/

Happy Mothers Day !!! While we love to celebrate and fawn over mothers on this day, we often ignore the institutional needs of mothers in Ghana. The difficulty and risk of motherhood is real. Even the act of becoming a mother has cost many their lives. In 2013, within Ghana 380 out of 100,000 live births ended in mothers losing their lives. To give context, the rate for Afghanistan is 400 out of 100,000, while the rate for Sweden is 4 out of 100,000. Pregnancy and parenthood must be choices. It is why Ghana needs reproductive justice. Continue reading

To All Ghanaian Feminists – Thank you For Fuckin’ Shit Up

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Pictured: Magic maker Ama Ata Aidoo with her sister.

This is for Ghanaian feminists. Of every gender and creed. Disabled and able-bodied. Gay and pansexual. Poor and rich. Hypersexual and Asexual. Religious and atheist. To all of us. I want to say Thank you. Today is not the day I tell you why intersectional Marxist Feminism is the way for us Ghanaians. No. Today is not the day I chastise some of us for being moderate. Nah. Today is the day I learn to shut up and stick to the message. Yessir. Thank you for existing.

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Humanism Without Feminism: How Ghanaian Sexists Pose As Intellectuals

When-men-are-oppressedHumanism without feminism is as useful as a typhoid inducing, clogged drainage system. It is logically and practically inconsistent. Ghanaian humanism houses male bigots who utilize intellectual gymnastics to fail to address their deep seated anti-woman beliefs and attitudes. A peril of sexism is that women are not taken seriously as intellectuals, or as pioneers and participants of social movements. Historical analysis and collective remembrance of social movements often erase and minimize women’s participation in liberation struggles. Social movements that purport to be progressive often fall in the same putrid patriarchal traps of women’s marginalization. From Marxist to Atheist movements, widespread misogynistic social inclinations cause men to reinforce the same unjust systems of oppression that they seek to transform. The double standard is unnerving. Black men disgusted that a white supremacist society would justify their murder by shifting attention to their sagging pants and hooded sweatshirts, find no issue with justifying rape by focusing on women’s outfits. Socialist men disgusted with a capitalistic society’s devaluation of their labor, have no issue expecting women to clean, cook, and perform domestic services for men, for free. Male atheists who criticize religious institutions for their misogyny have no issue using women’s suffering as an anti-religious political tool, while ignoring the deeply entrenched sexism of the atheist movement and their favorite patriarchal atheism daddies. In the same vein, men humanists who claim to be interested in the human condition ignore and trivialize the ways in which over 50% of the population are subjugated economically, politically, sexually, and culturally through unjust social systems. Even worse, men humanists further ignore women’s subjugation by maligning the only social movement that directly addresses women’s disenfranchisement: feminism. Continue reading