For women who have been aggressively sold the idea that they are not enough

For women who have been aggressively sold the idea that they are not enough

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by Jendella Benson 

Why did Brad and Angelina break up? Does anyone know or are we still grasping in the dark to make sense of this travesty? But why did we think they would never break up? Celebrities divorce all the time, so what makes this instance so disappointing?

A sentiment I saw repeated and retweeted on Twitter in the hours after the news broke was some variant of “if Brangelina can’t make it work, what hope is there for the rest of us?” It was a less openly misogynistic twist on the question circulating the Twittersphere after Beyonce dropped ‘LEMONADE’: “If even Beyonce gets cheated on, why should you ‘average’ women expect any different?” While I appreciate that some people are asking these questions with tongues firmly lodged in cheeks, there’s always a slice of truth behind most jokes – after all, that’s what often makes jokes actually…

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Sexual Exploitation, Islam and the Media

Sexual Exploitation, Islam and the Media

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by Amna G Riaz

A few months ago I wrote ‘Is there a problem of grooming and rape in the Muslim Pakistani community?’ I argued that I was sick of grooming being framed as something inherent with British Pakistani Muslim men. I also argued that criminals should be treated as criminals, the media and politicians (at the time of the Oxford grooming case), needed to stop pandering to xenophobic views by emphasising these mens’ ethnicities. I still hold these views, and these views are consistently proved whenever news stories break regarding a grooming case involving specifically men of colour. What  is often forgotten or consciously ignored at these times  is that most grooming cases happen online by white perpetrators.

1_articleimageI felt it lacked in-depth analysis as to why there were Asian grooming gangs. Although I still hold the view that the media is insistent on presenting the ‘Asian man’…

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