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Marcus Garvey's Love Life

Amy Jacques, the second Mrs Garvey, gives an intriguing account of Marcus Garvey’s first marriage to Amy Ashwood in her book Garvey and Garveyism. “While in Harlem hospital, Amy Ashwood, a Jamaican friend from Panama, then secretary of the New York local, removed his belongings from his furnished room to her flat. 846 more words


Putting Vaginas (And Penises) In Focus

Newspaper headlines are designed to grab your attention, if not your crotch. So I completely understand why the sensational ‘vagina’ – and not the more neutral ‘body’ – was used by the In Focus editor to brand Ms Karen Lloyd’s provocative column, ‘My vagina isn’t public property’ (Sunday Gleaner, August 3, 2014). 888 more words


Let's not be Frank

Denial is not a river in Africa.

Well, I have to say you could have knocked me down with a feather. In a shock announcement, former boxing promoter Frank Maloney has revealed living as a woman for the past year, wants to be known as Kellie, and is to undergo gender reassignment surgery. 746 more words


Dawn of the planet of the bonobos?

Despite some glowing reviews, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (which I got dragged to by my partner) is not what I’d call a good film. 1,048 more words

"Smut With Class": It's The Ladies' Turn

It has been the concerted effort of this blog and these essays to demonstrate that the study of literature can be more than “recognizing the Pipe as a symbol for patriarchy,” and in my last essay I touched upon the idea of sexual domination (no, not the fun kind) through a study of Richard Wilbur’s poem… 2,976 more words

High Time Fi Woman Bishop

Two spelling systems are used for the Jamaican language below. The first, which I call ‘chaka-chaka’, is based on English spelling. The second, ‘prapa-prapa’, is the specialist phonetic system designed by the Jamaican linguist Frederic Cassidy. 1,662 more words


It's not just blonds: Why intelligent women are more fun, and gentlemen are finally starting to prefer us


I’ve been waiting for news that men have learned to appreciate intelligent women for more than 40 years. Finally, it’s been proven that relationships in which the woman is intellectually superior to the man can thrive. 950 more words