On “harmful cultural practices and norms”

Attending pre-conference events at the International Conference on AIDS and STIS in Africa (ICASA) 2015 in Harare, which starts tomorrow, the phrasing “addressing harmful cultural norms and practices” comes up often. Specifically in the context of gender and HIV this seems a very important issue. Now of course it is; there are a lot of cultural attitudes that are problematic in its enforcement of patriarchy, … Continue reading On “harmful cultural practices and norms”

[serie] Sense8, a breath of fresh air

I have little opinion about Netflix, some people lambast it and others love it. However, it is undeniable that with recent series such as Orange Is The New Black, Marvel’s Daredevil, Sense8, and Marvel’s Jessica Jones, some damn good television has been produced. However I want to talk about one in particular: Sense8. While the Watchowski siblings have struck out after The Matrix – I … Continue reading [serie] Sense8, a breath of fresh air

On #RapeAtAzania, barebreasted disruptions, and the invisibility of trans bodies…

CW: rape; trans-antagonism On the early morning, 16th of November, a comrade and friend was raped at Azania (formerly part of Avenue house). The next day, at a #FeesMustFall and #EndOutsourcing plenary there, as a code of conduct was discussed to stem hyper- and violent masculinities in the space and never see this happen again, 6 cis and transĀ  woman and a non-binary trans person … Continue reading On #RapeAtAzania, barebreasted disruptions, and the invisibility of trans bodies…