We're Just Under a Little Stress

Posted August 15, 2014 no picture Effie Johari

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Here are some of the things I learned from school. Like how sometimes, school counsellors will ask you invasive questions, like ones regarding your sexuality, and they promise to hook you up with a conversion therapy to help you. How teachers favour some students more than others, and have no qualms assuring one of their worth while ignoring the emotional needs of the others. I learned that the peer group that’s supposed to help students with their mental health issues consisted...


Musings Prompted by Independence Day

Posted August 12, 2014 no picture Effie Johari

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August is the month where Malaysians brush the dust off their decorative Jalur Gemilang flags to hang outside our homes and storefronts. Tinny songs sing of patriotism blare out from the speakers in malls and other public areas, while celebrations and the singing of our national anthem are encouraged nationwide. On 31st August, Malaysia would be celebrating our 57th Independence Day. For this special festivity, I seek to answer the question of what is great about my country. Ju...


Women in Marriage and the Workforce

Posted July 27, 2014 no picture Effie Johari

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It’s always with great surprise that I listen to people defending patriarchy. Even though most women would object to being denied access to professional spheres and having their opinions shut down because of their gender, most still happily go along with the idea that women, because of our physiological, psychological, or ‘God given’ differences with men, are the inferior gender. There are a lot of day to day conversations that I can bring up to explain my point, but it’s...


Trans Rights Movement in Malaysia

Posted July 27, 2014 no picture Effie Johari

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I regret not having written this sooner while the event was still fresh in my mind, but better late than never. On the 12th of July, I went to ‘Beyond Binary’, a talk hosted by national trans ally campaign, I Am You. This was my first exposure to the Malaysian trans community. I went with a friend and her friend. None of us knew anyone else there, not personally. Most of those in attendance seemed to know one another, though, which was overwhelming in the beginning. The eve...


Cracks in the (Political) Glass Ceiling

Posted July 21, 2014 no picture Effie Johari

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We Just Don't Talk About It

Posted July 19, 2014 no picture Effie Johari

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This article was written in observance of Girl Summit 2014. Information about FGM, its harms and justifications, can be found elsewhere. Here, I talk about the issue in a Malaysian context. Reading the resource pack for Girl Summit 2014 I stumbled upon the link to the 29 countries where FGM/C (henceforth only referred to as FGM); Malaysia was not on it (or any other Southeast Asian countries where the practice is still prevalent), which is not a surprise, but a disappointment...


The Million Dollar Question

Posted July 13, 2014 no picture Effie Johari

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To me, the image that immediately accompanies the word ‘millionaire’ is that scene in a Duck Tales movie where Scrooge McDuck swims in a vault overflowing with money, as well as privately owned luxury items, branded sports cars and sprawling mansions. Given a general exposure to the lives of the filthy rich and an idealized bootstraps notion of economic mobility, I join the ranks of many young dreamers who once thought they could have all this frankly unnecessary possessions....


In Community We Trust

Posted July 1, 2014 no picture Effie Johari

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The name that I usually go by is Effie Johari and I’m from Malaysia. I’m 18 years old and currently enrolled for a preparatory course to major in Economics in the US. I started blogging when I was 12, and writing years before that. I’ve only ever been involved in activism on a small scale, participating in national campaigns and youth-centered activities. I am a strong advocate for economic equality and access to education for all, as I believe these to be the main problems t...


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    18 year old musical theater fan and horse enthusiast. I'm interested in the advocacy for economic equality, feminism, LGBT rights, and education for all. I’m not an activist or politically involved but I’m learning and I want to be. My twitters are @redrumming/@gerascos.


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