“How does it feel to be constantly regarded as a potential threat, strip-searched at every airport?
Or be told that, as an actress, the part you’re most fitted to play is ‘wife of a terrorist’? How does it feel to have words from your native language misused, misappropriated and used aggressively towards you? How does it feel to hear a child of colour say in a classroom that stories can only be about white people? How does it feel to go ‘home’ to India when your home is really London? What is it like to feel you always have to be an ambassador for your race? How does it feel to always tick ‘Other’?
Bringing together 21 exciting black, Asian and minority ethnic voices emerging in Britain today, The Good Immigrant explores why immigrants come to the UK, why they stay and what it means to be ‘other’ in a country that doesn’t seem to want you, doesn’t truly accept you – however many generations you’ve been here – but still needs you for its diversity monitoring forms.
Inspired by discussion around why society appears to deem people of colour as bad immigrants – job stealers, benefit scroungers, undeserving refugees – until, by winning Olympic races or baking good cakes, or being conscientious doctors, they cross over and become good immigrants, editor Nikesh Shukla has compiled a collection of essays that are poignant, challenging, angry, humorous, heartbreaking, polemic, weary and – most importantly – real.”
Hello everyone – Welcome back to my blog! Today I have a Q&A for you – featuring Amy Jade from Pursuit of Wonderland! She created the questions for me and here are my answers! She also has a Q&A on her blog, where I came up with the questions and she answers, so go and check that out! Amy Jade is lovely and her blog is wonderful so definitely follow her if you haven’t already!
And now for the Q&A!
Us bookworms have a forever increasing TBR pile, thanks to endless new releases and fantastic recommendations from friends, blogs and videos. I *literally* have hundreds of books I want to read but here are my current top five that I want to get round to as soon as I can!
Steven Salmon is an author with severe Cerebral palsy. His two books published this year are It’s A New Life! Mom Is Gone and A Very New Day. Steven uses Morse code to write since he is unable to use his hands. Check out my review for A Very New Day here and Steven’s website and links to his books are below.
And now, for the Q&A!
“The first book to explore menstruation in the current cultural and political landscape and to investigate the new wave of period activism taking the world by storm.
After centuries of being shrouded in taboo and superstition, periods have gone mainstream. Seemingly overnight, a new, high-profile movement has emerged—one dedicated to bold activism, creative product innovation, and smart policy advocacy—to address the centrality of menstruation in relation to core issues of gender equality and equity.
In Periods Gone Public, Jennifer Weiss-Wolf—the woman Bustle dubbed one of the nation’s “badass menstrual activists”—explores why periods have become a prominent political cause. From eliminating the tampon tax, to enacting new laws ensuring access to affordable, safe products, menstruation is no longer something to whisper about. Weiss-Wolf shares her firsthand account in the fight for “period equity” and introduces readers to the leaders, pioneers, and everyday people who are making change happen. From societal attitudes of periods throughout history—in the United States and around the world—to grassroots activism and product innovation, Weiss-Wolf challenges readers to face stigma head-on and elevate an agenda that recognizes both the power—and the absolute normalcy—of menstruation.”
*I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion in any way*
This is such a light-hearted, yet deeply informative guidance book for younger girls (pre-teens/early teens I would say) on everything you would possibly need to know about growing up as a girl. And when I say everything, I mean EVERYTHING – periods, sex, crushes, friendships, sexuality, appearance, hygiene, pressures, media – you name it! The layout is easy to follow and there’s even a few quizzes thrown in there! The book is so relevant and includes information on being transgender and different sexualities, as well as simply giving advice and not pressuring teens to do something they aren’t comfortable with (e.g. giving information on how to shave but saying that it’s not something that teen girls HAVE to do if they don’t want – the choice is up to them!). I couldn’t help but laugh at some of the comments that Hayley made and I think that is why this is such a perfect book – it doesn’t feel daunting to read. The illustrations by Gemma Correll are also very funny and add wonderfully to this amazing book!
A book I wish I had when I was younger – this would have been super useful, especially compared to the 1990s growing up book I was given!