Ingrained Sexism and Its Manifestations

This particular post is inspired by one of the most annoyingly sexist advertisements I have had the misfortune to watch, the terrible ways womyn’s voices have been misrepresented and continue to be absent among other sexist ways of  Uganda’s media. The advert, running or (which ran depending on if it finally stopped airing or not)…

Learning and Unlearning: A Woman’s Perspective (By Nafula Wafula)

At five years old, I learnt that sitting on an ‘uncle’s’ laps was not a sign of regard and affection, it was for his gratification.

Childlike innocence coupled with naivety and absolute trust was backed by a far away sense of dread and shame, whose root I could never quite point to.

Childfree Women And The Freedom To Choose

One fine evening during dinner, I started a conversation around being childfree and everyone stopped eating. In response to my rather culturally disturbing thoughts, I was given the “what the hell is wrong with you” look. Now, the displeasure at the table was understandable considering the fact that we were Africans, Nigerians to be specific.…

“Male Pals” and Other Harmful Stereotypes

A Ugandan tabloid recently did a story “exposing” a Ugandan journalist and his “male pals”. Although the article did not outrightly accuse him of being gay, it made very blatant insinuations as to the sexuality of him and his friends. Several people have since commented that the article was part of an attack on him…