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Why We Should Say ‘Female Genital Cutting’ and Not ‘Mutilation’

Louisa Leontiades Abuse, Cultural, Politics, Published Articles

Mutilation is not a word commonly associated with love. But given that the choice in many African communities is to be cut or choose a future where your child is ostracised, unlovable and ‘unmarriable’—the question must be about how love manifests for children, when it comes to ensuring their survival.

When white people are silent in the situations of injustice, they have chosen the side of the oppressor

Louisa Leontiades Privilege, Published Articles

It is the balance of power which determines whether an action crosses the line from hurtful to abusive. When the power dynamic is out of balance and the person with the power inflicts harm on the person with less–even when it is unconscious–it reinforces their position of power and becomes abusive.

Dear White Women: Why We Need to Stop Crying When POC Call Us Out

Louisa Leontiades Privilege, Published Articles

Are you crying because you’ve discovered our present world is far shittier and more abusive than you thought? Are you crying because YOU are far shittier and more abusive than you thought? Ouch, that’s gotta hurt. So cry away but not in the company of people of colour–they know the truth already. Don’t beg them for forgiveness, after all you have albeit unwittingly, been part of a system which abused them.

What Can We Laugh at Now?: Political Correctness and Humor

Louisa Leontiades Cult-Biz-Tech, Politics, Published Articles

What we find funny is indicative of our beliefs, attitudes, judgements and opinions. It is a useful barometer. When we mock those who by birth or circumstance are less fortunate, we become persecutors and make others our victims. We have no less duty of care for verbal abuse even through humour, than we do for physical abuse.

How Anti-Immigrant Sentiment Created the Manchester Attacks

Louisa Leontiades A British Cuppa, Cult-Biz-Tech, Cultural, Published Articles

Britain has never taken responsibility for the bloodshed and exploitation which built the empire. This is evidenced by Theresa May’s hardline on Brexit. We want to take without giving anything in return. We make no apologies for our xenophobic attitudes; our comedy ridicules ‘those bloody foreigners’, our narrow-minded and disrespectful behaviour often shames us in the countries we visit.