Why casual sexism at UCT matters

Originally posted on Gender-Specs:
This article was originally written for the FeministsSA blog. That site is currently being revamped and offline so I thought I’d post it here: “The girls here are all sluts man, is it any better at Rhodes?”. I overheard this question on Jammie plaza last year. The unidentified dudebro essentially ruined my lunch and made me vow to continue hiding out… Continue reading Why casual sexism at UCT matters

On the “gendered socialisation” of a transwoman

Writing this isn’t an easy thing, because it is something even some of my close friends still struggle with; it is something that too easily gets perpetuated in even the most intersectional of feminist spaces I’ve recently engaged with. It is the statement that “transgender women are socialised as men.” Part of me even feared writing this, and as I type I’m trying to reflect … Continue reading On the “gendered socialisation” of a transwoman

More than I bargained for: on dealing with my mental health…

Dealing with mental illness as a transgender person can get complicated, and it is often hard to seek support. Especially when you are surrounded by cisgender friends and colleagues. You see, there are so many aspects that can get so specific, and so triggering, that makes many usual coping strategies or solutions a lot more difficult. In the last weeks I’ve had a resurgence of … Continue reading More than I bargained for: on dealing with my mental health…

A “Crisis”… but for who?

My twitter timeline is abuzz with #RefugeeCrisis… And I am just thinking… Crisis? For who? Why is it that it is a crisis for Fort Europe? I thought the crisis was in Syria? Or if you are talking about the people dying trying to get into Europe, trying to escape the violence, well that should never have been a crisis in the first place. Let … Continue reading A “Crisis”… but for who?