Feminisms

Publicado 8 de septiembre de 2014 no picture Effie Johari

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Deviating from the prompt of '2 Lives 2 Miles Apart', this post examines two generalized views of today's mainstream feminist movement from different lenses, based off my experience with feminism in Malaysia (specifically, from a youth perspective). From this, we will come to discover what exactly people mean when they say there are feminisms, and how important it is to ensure our goals are compatible with each other in order to achieve them. - You are from an upper middle-...


What Does Your Society Teach You About Poverty?

Publicado 28 de agosto de 2014 no picture Effie Johari

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Implicit in most discussions of poverty is the notion that inequality is a given, and this has been an expected way society passes down their ideas regarding the subject. Since the only society I have ever lived in is here in Malaysia, I do not have firsthand accounts of the values that other cultures espouse except for my own. Here, there are several ideas of poverty and the conditions that engender it that are taught both formally and informally as an attempt to obstruct the viol...


(Plenty of Youths Get) Left Behind

Publicado 25 de agosto de 2014 no picture Effie Johari

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The introduction of youths into political and decision-making spaces is a fairly new thing. Malaysia has made headway with this with current projects such as Parlimen Belia and similar state-led initiatives. Similarly on the rise are activities where our voices get a chance to be heard, such as MUN and youth conferences. Activity among the youth community is not unprecedented or a novel concept, neither is collective activity channelled towards a specific cause. But like their adul...


We're Just Under a Little Stress

Publicado 15 de agosto de 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

Publicado 12 de agosto de 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

Publicado 27 de julio de 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

Publicado 27 de julio de 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

Publicado 21 de julio de 2014 no picture Effie Johari

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We Just Don't Talk About It

Publicado 19 de julio de 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...


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  • Effie Johari

    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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