Rumbi Gorgens talks about Lily Allen’s new music video, body modification, and the pressures on women to act out and perform a particular type of sexuality.
Tammy Sutherns lists several reasons why we shouldn’t label a female hunter as a whore
Athambile Masola explores the various forms of resistance that black women can perform or embody, starting with the African-American women and leading to her own high school.
Thorne Godinho tackles the usefulness (or not) of moral outrage.
After almost a year of no movement, the TCB has suddenly reappeared on the agenda of the National Council of Provinces’ select committee for security and constitutional development. The Bill is to be discussed clause by clause on Tuesday 15 October after the process stalled in November 2012.
Lizl Morden gives a range of examples of how sexist the South African advertising world remains, and celebrates a few ads that are getting it right.
A letter to Parliamentarians asking them to do their jobs, and stop policing the activities of women in Parliament under the guise of respect. The piece is written in three languages, because using English limits the articulation of feminism in indigenous languages.
Tammy Sutherns explores the work of Adrienne Rich, poet and activist finding that she inspires further writing.
Indira Govender assesses the March 2013 Playboy editorial about gender based violence and finds it wanting.
Thorne Godinho discusses the problems with the Brothers For Life circumcision campaign and argues that in fact it promotes unsafe sexual behaviour amongst men. “Men shouldn’t have to define their identities in accordance with the status quo. Neither should they have to fall prey to bureaucratic bullying which reinforces the prescriptions about identity and gender that further underpin gender violence and inequality. In the context of a diverse South Africa, this campaign fails to look beyond the heterosexual norm, by creating a brotherhood in which only relationships between men and woman are legitimate. Unfortunately, this campaign is too deeply rooted in the values of yesterday to be able to influence any kind of radical or positive change.”