Last year I read Chimamanda Adichie’s Half the Yellow Sun about the Nigerian Biafran war without really knowing anything about who she is. However, she’s got a bit of press after Beyonce sampled her ‘We should all be feminists’ TED talk. Don’t make the mistake in watching this of thinking […]
I suggested recently that engaging with (secular) feminism may well enrich Christians, but what do you do if you’re Average Pastor (or Average Christian)? You can’t be up on everything! Here I want to give five basic tips for interacting with feminism.
Whenever I breastfeed Elliot around Tanzanians, they comment on it. Without fail. They don’t generally ask questions, but they just say, ‘Ooh, breastfeeding!’ or ‘I see you are breastfeeding him’. At first I thought it was just because he is twice the size of Tanzanian kids his age, so he’s […]
I have a memory from my final year of university so humiliating and mundane I hesitate to share it. I was walking through Hindmarsh Square in Adelaide’s CBD and there was a group of guys on the corner pub’s balcony. They were catcalling the woman in front of me, but […]
Gender is a complicated and tricky topic. I feel like I’m only scraping the surface of understanding it in Tanzania, and of course it’s a continuing conversation among Tanzanians themselves! I’ve been hesitant to write anything on it for fear of oversimplifying, but blogging is like thinking out loud, so […]
My friend Mama Martha stayed with me for a week a few weeks ago and I’ve missed her since she went home to Songea. Her daughter is a few months younger than Elliot and they had a good time together, and I just really enjoyed her company and having her […]
A lady turns up at our gate. She’d seen us at Mama Velo’s wedding near her home. She wasn’t a guest at the wedding and doesn’t know Mama Velo but somehow she’s tracked us down. She asks for money. Primary education is free in Tanzania, but all children require a […]