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Toxic Femininity: White Tears/Brown Scars

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Photograph of Hella Ibrahim, Ruby Hamad and Celeste Liddle

Hella Ibrahim, Ruby Hamad and Celeste Liddle at the Wheeler Centre

In 2018, Sydney journalist Ruby Hamad wrote an article for the Guardian that touched a nerve with readers around the world. The article, ‘How white women use strategic tears to silence women of colour,’ was about the special and dangerous claims white women make to victimhood – in the workplace, in public debate, and in private interactions – and how these adversely affect and are wielded against women of colour.

The ‘damsel in distress’ tactic, Hamad wrote, is employed ‘to muster sympathy and avoid accountability, by turning the tables and accusing the accuser.’ 

She has since adapted the article into a new book, White Tears/Brown ScarsHosted by Hella Ibrahim, Hamad is joined at the Wheeler Centre by Arrernte activist and social commentator Celeste Liddle for a discussion about what happens when racism and sexism collide. 

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