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Eternity E Martis

Writer, blogger, mixed-race feminist

Eternity Martis is currently studying journalism and is a Western University graduate with a degree in Women’s Studies, English Literature and a Certificate in Writing.

Her work focuses on race and gender issues, and she has been featured on Vice Canada, xoJane, Bustle, Salon.com, Toronto Public Library’s Young Voices Magazine as well as in the University of Western Ontario Women’s Studies Tulips publication.

She has thrice directed and performed in The Vagina Monologues. Last year, she directed Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls at Western University, the first all-Black female cast at the school in over 20 years.
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Dear Angry White People, The Ferguson Protest Was Not About You

I won't go into the details of black groups being marginalized at the hands of white people who dominate the "center," because if you're smart enough to think that you fooled us into feeling remorse for "leaving you out" during the protest in Toronto, then you're smart enough to do a Google search to figure out historical black oppression and its endless contemporary reproductions.
11/27/2014 01:14 EST
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What It's Like to See Blackface on Halloween as a Woman of Colour

These three, blonde, 20-somethings were dressed as cotton pickers and had painted their faces in the most offensive, unrealistic mud black I've ever seen. They said absolutely nothing, only smiled, mouth closed. Here before me, like never in my life, were three white people targeting us, the non-white people in the bar.
10/27/2014 01:03 EDT

A Letter To Proud Men Who Think "No" Means "Yes"

Dear proud men who have taken a woman's "No" to sexual activity, touching, or intercourse as a "Yes" instead of respecting her wishes; to men who have taken advantage of an intoxicated or blacked-out...
02/06/2014 05:07 EST
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My Psychologist Says I'm OCD-Free, But I'm Still Obsessed

I left my psychologist's couch three years ago, feeling bitter and yet relieved. "You don't have OCD," she says, "everyone has these compulsions, I wouldn't worry." And yet I was worried. As I've gotten older, the triggers have gotten worse: homework, deadlines, boyfriends, grades, lack of sleep, insomnia over quarter life crises -- you name it.
11/10/2013 11:00 EST
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Dear Mom, Believe Me When I Say You're Beautiful

My mother came out of the clothing store change room wearing a long-sleeved pink sweatshirt. When she came out, smiling at me, I could tell she felt confident. Her smile vanished the second she saw herself. "I look fat." It's a difficult feeling to describe, when you see your mother so wounded by her own reflection.
09/12/2013 11:59 EDT
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What Miley Should Learn About Black Culture

My biggest concern with Miley's performance and behavior has only been that like the white feminists, she doesn't actually understand anything about black culture. You wanna twerk? Go ahead. You wanna sport grills and grab your crotch like your something special? Be my guest. You want your new single to "sound black"? Not a problem, but understand the culture in which you're taking from and the history behind it.
08/28/2013 05:06 EDT
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The Reason I Wrote "Why I Don't Sleep With White Guys"

If my experiences have offended some of you, I'm sorry that you didn't like it, and I'm sorry that you don't understand. I'm sorry that when the next time a woman of colour speaks on a subject like this, you will do the same thing to her. I'm sorry that you won't give her experience any second thought. I'm sorry that you won't even consider delving deeper into history. I'm sorry for you.
07/28/2013 08:46 EDT
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Why I Don't Sleep With White Guys

I live in a predominately white city. Everywhere I went, I was white men's object (emphasis on object) of desire. I was being objectified, exoticized and sexualized for being one of few coloured girls in a sea of white men. Until I regain my trust in white men, I've saved myself from being checked off someone's "To Do" list again.
07/25/2013 08:26 EDT