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the problem with wokeness

Ayishat Akanbi

Is wokeness an important recognition of oppression, or is it becoming intolerant, unkind and restrictive? Move beyond limiting notions of identity in this truly radical session with stylist and cultural critic Ayishat Akanbi.

Hosted by Jan Fran. 

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“Is wokeness robbing us of compassion and replacing it with moral superiority?”

Ayishat Akanbi

Have your comfortable views shaken by this electric new voice in cultural commentary

Wiktionary defines wokeness as: "the quality or state of being aware of social justice issues", but Urban Dictionary has updated its definition to "easily offended". Identity, which is at the heart of wokeness, is often regarded as the most fundamental thing we have. But clinging too hard to your identity can lead to an emphasis on what makes us different, rather than what we all might have in common.

Be part of this unmissable session, where stylist and cultural commentator Akanbi considers the radical power of kindness, the limits of identity, the gendered nature of image, and how to transcend the superficial to form meaningful connections.

More about ... Ayishat Akanbi

Ayishat Akanbi is a fashion stylist, writer, cultural commentator and artist based in London. Ayishat made her entry into the fashion scene in 2010 and has amassed a growing following ever since. With a keen interest in socio-political issues, music and culture and a unique ability to establish a political, psychological and artistic understanding of style, Ayishat regularly lends her voice in the form of public speaking. Her recent video "The Problem With Wokeness" caused a viral sensation. She is a firm believer that personal style is something that is accessible to everyone.

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More about... Jan Fran

Jan Fran is a journalist and TV presenter. She currently hosts The Feed on SBSVICELAND where she makes the news funny. Jan is the creator of The Frant – a short, millennial-focused editorial segment where she dissects the news of the day. She’s also guest-hosts The Project on Network Ten.

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