Are you forgetting something?

Are you forgetting something?

I once got a DM by a man asking that I should remove the phrase Black women from my posts because they also apply to men. I reminded him that Black women have been reading books written by men for men for centuries and would have to perform the mental gymnastics of making these apply to them. He is welcome to do the same.

When I first read the book ‘Women who run with the wolves’ by Clarissa Pinkola Estes. I delightfully realised that for the first time I was reading mythology that applies to women. I didn’t have to go through the mental gymnastics of making these apply to me. The same feeling I had reading the book ‘How we get free: the combahee river collective and many other Black female authors; I felt so seen not just as woman but as a Black woman.

The truth is that men have designated the world, the public arena as their space. Where women are outsiders, fighting to be included. Just like White people have decided that power and money is theirs and the ‘global majority’ as we now call ourselves have to fight to be ‘included’ ‘empowered’ and advocated for.

Remember this when you are facing those battles in the workplace. That by virtue of being a woman, even worse a woman who is not white. That space that you are occupying has been deemed to not belong to you. Your place in there is always in contestation. It will probably never be a comfortable space for you.

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Published by Hlatswayobusisiwe

MBA (Henley), Career Coach and Founder Black Women in the workplace

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