Why She Leaves: Music for Advocacy

This is an anthem for women who’ve made up their minds. They’ve had enough of putting up with a relationship that was emotionally, physically, sexually or financially abusive. Maybe it was all of those things. Or maybe their partners were dismissive and unloving, depleting rather than strengthening them. Maybe it was just too much work. In any case, these women are tired, they’ve given too much and they’re fed up of being disrespected. The title of ANML’s song says it all – It’s […]

Poem: “The House” – WARSAN SHIRE

i   Mother says there are locked rooms inside all women; kitchen of lust, bedroom of grief, bathroom of apathy. Sometimes the men – they come with keys, and sometimes, the men – they come with hammers.   ii   Nin soo joog laga waayo, soo jiifso aa laga helaa,  I said Stop, I said No and he did not listen.   iii   Perhaps she has a plan, perhaps she takes him back to hers only for him to wake up hours […]

Burned Letters: Mom

This is for my mom. I know I don’t say it much, and some days I don’t say it at all, but I love you. I know I push away your hugs and I ignore your calls and texts. Sometimes I don’t wanna talk to you, and some days I enjoy your company. And when we fight, we fight for blood. You raise your voice, I raise mine, sometimes it gets violent. We allow our differences to define us. What […]

Video: “We Should All Be Feminists” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

TED – We teach girls that they can have ambition, but not too much … to be successful, but not too successful, or they’ll threaten men, says author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. In this classic talk that started a worldwide conversation about feminism, Adichie asks that we begin to dream about and plan for a different, fairer world — of happier men and women who are truer to themselves.