Should FeministsSA continue to allow male contributors? What are the benefits? What are the downsides? Jen Thorpe raises a few questions and wants your feedback.
Domestic violence is the most common form of violence experienced by South African women, yet the State is withdrawing financial support for organisations supporting women. What happens to those who can’t access those services? Jen Thorpe explores the issue.
The teachers and principal at Jordao College have broken the law and committed the crime of ‘compelled self-sexual assault’ on the learners whose underwear they inspected. It is now the time for the MEC to hold them accountable, not to request an ‘apology’.
Some of you might be interested in finding out a little bit more about how the election process works, who your representatives currently are, or how people in your neighbourhood are voting. Here are some key links that will be useful to you
A recent research seminar brings to light some of the costs of gender-based violence to the South African Government, and finds that there is a compelling need for better budgeting by Departments and a bigger budget overall.
Jen Thorpe takes on FeministsSA’s second political party analysis and looks at Agang SA – one of the two new kids on the block in South Africa.
Jen Thorpe assesses the responses of rape survivors, and asks whether we have any right to have any expectations at all.
Jen Thorpe attended Obama’s town hall discussion on Saturday, and wishes she had got a chance to ask two difficult questions.
Jen Thorpe sees a poster in a shop window saying ‘Keep Calm and slap that bitch hard’ and asks the shop owner to take it down. This is what happened.
Jen Thorpe discusses Kenny Kunene’s disastrous examples of ignorance regarding rape, and argues that his comments regarding his statutory rape of students require investigation by the police.
As of this month (April 2013) we will be doing a monthly survey of women’s magazines across SA. You will have the opportunity to rate your magazine and each month we will give a shout out to the best and worst.
Jen Thorpe describes some of the duties that the Domestic Violence Act places on the police, in light of the murder of Reeva Steenkamp on 14 February 2013.
I am tired of rape in South Africa. I am tired of thinking about it, reading about it, hearing about it. I am tired of the fact that last year over sixty thousand women (enough to fill the Greenpoint stadium) reported a rape to the police, and hundreds of thousands more women were raped but did not report…So on the 14th of February I’ll be supporting One Billion Rising – a movement that will voice its frustration with all of these things. Because I am tired, but I will never be tired enough to stop fighting for women’s right to sexual pleasure, sexual freedom and sexual equality.
Jen Thorpe asks: Are we to be critical of the ANC for a lack of women leaders? Does the high number of women leaders in the DA mean better things for women?
Domestic violence is incredibly prevalent in South Africa with around 8000 new cases each month. Jen Thorpe weighs in on whether it is acceptable to ever forgive domestic violence, and whether we should be more angry that he’s performing in concert in SA during the 16 Days of Activism.
Jen Thorpe argues that FNB’s advert promotes surveillance behaviour by men over their partners (wives/girlfriends). It suggests that this is one of the perks of banking with them.
Rape Crisis has released a virtual tour of the criminal justice system that you can explore in English, Afrikaans or Xhosa. The tour explores what happens at the police station, the health facility, and the court so that you can see what it looks like in these rooms, and learn more about your rights when reporting a rape.
Claire Martens looks at the leadership of the feminist movement, and asks ‘where to from here?’