Conversations With Our Mothers

by Wairimu Muriithi “Mr Speaker, if you do not slap a woman, you will note that her behaviours will not appeal to you. Just slap her and she will know you love her. This is when she will you call her darling.” Kitale West MP Wafula Wabuge, July 1976 There are things that are said every day….

What About Nerea?

“Please listen to Sauti Sol’s latest song Nerea. So done with it.” A close friend sent this message to me on Tuesday morning last week. Later in the evening, I watched the video with yet another friend. We were both irritated, and it has taken me a week to decide why. The song is from…

I Just Wanted To Go Home

On Saturday, the 14th of March, my friends and I had had a great evening catching up over drinks, after which we decided to check out a 50% off offer on burgers at a local coffee chain. They did not have the buns we wanted, though, so we decided to go home. I decided to…

About That Time I Was Almost Sexually Assaulted

by Anonymous I’ve always been the type of person to claim that “weed does nothing for me, really, which is why I don’t smoke it.” On Saturday, I found myself defending my position again to a friend at his house. We had just left a function, and I needed some downtime before I headed to…

Did You Report It?

by Aisha Ali Trigger Warning: Sexual assault, rape Two weeks ago, I switched on my phone after having it off all night and a series of text messages immediately came through. One was notification that my friend had tried to call me several times. Then frantic texts. “Are you awake? I need to talk to…

Misogyny: From The Boardroom To The Bedroom

by Samira Sawlani In every nation, archived away are unaired episodes on subjects which are either conveniently ignored or so internalised by society that they cease to be seen as injustices and thus retain a sense of banality. One such issue is that of misogyny, the negative attitude we hold towards females which men, women,…

Women and The Law: A Spotlight On Recent Kenyan Legislation

This past weekend, I was fortunate to attend the second Atieno Project Unconference and learn about how the law affects women, especially bills and acts written with women in mind, such as The Protection against Domestic Violence Bill (2013) and The Reproductive Health Care Bill (2014). The discussion was lively and informative, and there were…

That’s So Gay!

“Oh,” the man said. “Oh, yeah— starry-eyed coon with way, way too much money, who thinks there ain’t nothin’ more important than the lives of some crazy black faggots.” He grunted. Though he was surprised, Eric laughed. “If you are one— a black faggot, I mean— that can seem pretty important to you, actually.” Black…

The Makings Of A Sex Addict

This essay is taken from Brainstorm’s second e-book, (In)Sanity: What “Crazy” Looks Like, which is on mental health in Kenya and is available for free. DOWNLOAD IT HERE to read more such essays. by Anonymous What can I tell you about myself?  I’m a single mother of two wonderful children, I’m half Kenyan but grew up…