Science Fiction Is For White People

The concept of science fiction was built for white people; it took off near the start of the Industrial Revolution and age of Enlightenment in Europe. Scifi is then a very Eurocentric box, though The Arabian Nights and other folklore may contain elements of scifi. Scifi is an expansion, along with technology, in the human...

Why I’ll Never Let You Touch My Hair

“Is that as long as it gets?” Growing up in the leafy, predominantly white suburbs of London, I was amongst only a handful of girls at my school who had afro hair. With a Caucasian mum who had virtually no knowledge of how to look after or manage her daughters’ wild, foreign hair, I had...

Lands

The recently self published poetry collection Lands follows Jemima Khalli’s experiences as a woman of colour with a startling and occasionally brutal truth. The following three poems come straight from this collection, posted without commentary – as these words speak entirely for themselves.   i changed my name so it would sit comfortably on your tongue...

What Makes Us, Reel Good Film Club

For Maria Cabrera and Grace Barber-Plentie, their experiences of the world don’t just come through their gender, but their role as black women in society too. This affects everything: from what they wear, to how they embrace feminism as well as their work at Reel Good Film Club. Most Polyester readers will be familiar with...