From Sara Ahmed’s feministkilljoys blog

  • Are told you are angry no matter what you say
  • Witness people’s eyes rolling as soon as you open your mouth as if to say: ‘oh here she goes!’
  • Are  angry because that’s a sensible response to what is wrong
  • Are often accused of getting in the way of the happiness of others (or just getting in the way)
  • Have ruined the atmosphere by turning up or speaking up
  • Have a body that reminds people of histories they find disturbing
  • Are willing to make disturbance a political cause
  • Are willing to cause unhappiness to follow your desire
  • Will not laugh at jokes designed to cause offense
  • Will take offense when it is there to be taken
  • Will point out when men cite men about men as a learned social habit that is diminishing (ie. most or usual citational practice)
  • Will notice and name whiteness. Will keep noticing and naming whiteness.
  • Will use words like ‘sexism’ and ‘racism’ even if that means being heard as the cause of bad feeling (and are willing to cause bad feeling)
  • Will refuse to look away from what compromises happiness
  • Are willing to be silly and display other inappropriate positive affects
  • Are willing to listen and learn from the work of feminists over time and refuse the caricatures of feminism and feminists that enables a disengagement from feminism
  •  Are prepared to be other peoples’ worst feminist nightmare
  • Are prepared to be called a kill joy
  •  Are willing to kill joy

Hello feminist killjoys!


Black Feminist Killjoy reading group 13/08

Our next Black Feminist Killjoy reading group meeting will be on Monday, 13 August at 4.30pm in the art department Seminar Room.
As Sharlene announced last time, we will share personal stories about an instance when you or someone you know has defied or subverted a cultural gender construct/stereotype.


Black Feminist Killjoy reading group 23/07

We will resume our bi-weekly meetings on Monday, 23rd July from 4.30 – 6.30pm at the Dept of Fine Art Seminar Room (Somerset Street building) with the Kopano Matlwa book Period Pain. Please note, the book is premised around a suicide and a violent rape incident, so please bear this in mind should you wish to read/participate in the discussion.

Black Feminist Killjoy sharing 19/03

Please join us next Monday, 19th March, for the last Black Feminist Killjoy meeting of the first term. Our last meetings are always about sharing, so please bring along material you find inspirational/influential that you would like to share with the group – it can be anything (audio, visual, literary, performance, etc.).
Look forward to seeing you.