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Feminism, man hating and power

Last week after a talk at Idasa on feminism, one of the audience members asked me “how do you reconcile the idea that feminism should…

Pandora’s box

Tick the appropriate box. White or black or other? Xhosa or Tswana or other? Jewish or Hindu or other? African, European or other? Male, Female…

The feminist mistake

When I say I’m a feminist, I bet you have a clear idea in your head about who I am. If I said I was…

The F word

It’s 2011 and it’s hard not to wonder what happened to feminism? People, and sadly women in particular, are scared to label themselves as feminists…

Two queer decisions

A soccer World Cup in Qatar and a UN vote. What do they have in common? Both of them deny the rights of gay and…

What is a feminine vagina?

In Africa, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), an estimated 92 million girls from 10 years of age and above have undergone female genital mutilation…

Child brides, HIV and cultural rights

In South Africa, the tradition of ukuthwala allows parents to arrange marriages for their children. This tradition originated out of parents’ interest in securing a…

Sex sells sick boobs

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Who doesn’t love to have an extra feel of their or their partner’s breasts to check them out for…

Gender equality an unrealistic dream for SADC

Gender-based violence (GBV) is not a single crime committed in a vacuum. It is committed daily and targets “women, gay men, lesbians, transgenders, transsexuals, intersex,…