Not Your Nanny

As a woman and a nanny with years of experience it’s quite interesting to note the general assumptions about nannying based on class, gender and race. These two articles highlight being a woman of colour who also happens to be the mother to lighter skinned children. I’m not a mother myself but certainly my own mum, darker in complexion than I, had her own parentage thrown into contention when out with me in public when I was small. It’s very interesting, and of course problematic, that almost all activities in daily life can be so easily racialised.

Why did people assume an Asian woman was the nanny?



On Race

‘What are you?’

It’s a question I’m often asked. What am I? I am Coby, I am a woman, I am a Londoner, I am human. This was never enough.

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So Fresh, So Clean: A Mediation On Skincare

What’s your skin type? Dry and flaky? Oily and acneic? Perhaps it is both, or neither? Regardless, there is a routine out there to cater to your skin’s needs. Something simple like Clinique’s iconic three-step routine, or something more demanding such as the Korean 10-step routine – there are 2,600,000 results on Google for the search ‘skin care routine’ and innumerable brands touting theirs (hello Clinique!)

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