The Feminist Killjoy: Notes on Weaponizing Joy

By Priscilla Ojomu

It’s Women’s History Month – a time of the year where women’s achievements and contributions to society are highlighted and celebrated. Throughout the month, women’s narratives are centred on various platforms, emphasizing honour, celebration, joy. Joy, which is often displayed on social media through pictures of women with wide grins, can be weaponized. The concept of the Feminist Killjoy is a testament to the weaponization of collective joy against women in patriarchal societies.