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About Reni Eddo-Lodge

Reni Eddo-Lodge is a writer based in London. She campaigns for a living and is interested in social justice. The Guardian has listed her as one of the top 30 young people working in digital media. Follow her on twitter @renireni.

 

Articles by Reni Eddo-Lodge

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Responding to sexual abuse in the UK: class, race and culture

The failure of police to take seriously the young victims of sexual abuse in Rotherham who reported the crime, reveals the way in which who is and isn't taken seriously ties in with who is and isn't deemed worthless in Britain.

Assata Shakur: on race and racism

Tales from black revolutionaries are vital in contextualising what has come before, and how it informs the present.  Reni Eddo-Lodge reviews Assata Sahkur's autobiography and argues that her hindsight and observations are vital in a society that’s still stuck on how to live together.

Women everywhere have their movement limited by the male gaze

Street harassment stems from patriarchal entitlement and male structural power that treats women as objects who exist for the benefit of men.  Less frequently discussed, however, is how it intersects with other power disparities and prejudices, from racism to ableism.

'They accuse you of being divisive': an interview with Aamer Rahman

Aamer Rahman’s comedy addresses racism, Islamophobia, the war on terror and social justice from a perspective that is undeniably black, in the political sense of the word.  Reni Eddo-Lodge speaks to Rahman about how speaking out about racism is still misconstrued.

We need to talk about structural racism

The ‘not all white people’ defence is narcissistic defensiveness that upholds a structurally unequal status quo.  Treating those who accurately identify the problem of racism as though they themselves are ‘the problem’ leaves racism itself to fester.

The 'equality' that serves social injustice

Equality talk, with its roots in liberalism, defines those who aren’t considered equal as lacking.  A more radical approach is needed to tackle systemic and entrenched social injustice.

A word to white women

If you identify as feminist you must examine what it means to be white, and the problem of the dominance of a white feminism which presents itself as universal

Can conversations about women in pop move beyond a binary of agency or exploitation?

The feminist debate after Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance rarely touched upon the issue of race.  A comparison with Rihanna’s ‘Pour It Up’ video illuminates the dominant tropes being played out in pop culture.

Creating a safe haven in the intersection of state racism and structural patriarchy

The UK Feminista’s summer school heard how female asylum seekers fight back against the intersecting injustices they face.

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