Islam is possibly the most diverse religion in the world. Expanding from East to West, North to South, it is the faith claimed by 1.8 billion people. But you wouldn’t know that by the Muslim fiction being published. You wouldn’t expect a Catholic from The Philippines to see herself in a story about a Catholic Polish; so how can I, a Latina convert find representation … Continue reading Book Review: Muslim Women are Everthing by Seema Yasmin
Carry: A Memoir on Survival on Stolen Land, by Toni Jensen, is a memoir in essays, on a range of topics but with violence as a common theme. Domestic violence, settler violence; the violence of erasure; the violence of system racism; the violence of classism and white privilege, gun violence, violent crime, drug violence, and police violence. The brutal murder of George Floyd, Trayvon Martin … Continue reading Book Review: Carry: A Memoir on Survival on Stolen Land by Toni Jensen.
“Like it or not, the death of our loved ones has fueled us – not with hate, not with vengefulness, but with an energy that nothing can ever defeat. That strength lives in you too, don’t let anyone try to tell you to get over your loss, not if that means saying goodbye to your dead. You can’t: they’ll never leave you, they stay by … Continue reading Book Review: Igifu
Often in feminist writing, women express bitterness, rage and anger about male oppressors because it is one step that helps them to cease believing in romanticized versions of sex-role partners that deny woman’s humanity. Unfortunately, our over-emphasis on the male as oppressor often obscures the fact that men too are victimized. To be an oppressor is dehumanizing and anti-human in nature, as it is to … Continue reading Book talk: Between sissies and feminazis, there’s a truth waiting to be told…