On Adam Habib’s “order” and the entitlement of cis & trans women and non binary bodies

Adam Habib’s open letter, on behalf of the Senior Executive Team of the University of the Witwatersrand, justifying the use of a private security force to respond to continued #FeesMustFall protests has drawn quite a few critical responses. Most of these I agree with to a certain extend, and many ask serious questions that need to be interrogated. However, overall, I have felt that there … Continue reading On Adam Habib’s “order” and the entitlement of cis & trans women and non binary bodies

“Brave enough”… to be WHITE???

So, after outcry and backlash Cape Town Pride has decided to change their theme/slogan for 2016 Pride: “Brave Enough”… And with this they have missed the point completely. I have previously written about the need to shut Cape Town Pride down, but the theme of “Gay, Proud, Colourblind” was ever only the latest nonsense that has come from a group of white cis gay boys … Continue reading “Brave enough”… to be WHITE???

A quest for an education, and the reality of being transgender

[CN: discussion on sexual assault and dead-naming] All I ever wanted was an education; that is really it. Ever since I was young, I dreamt about going to university, and studying something. What I wanted to study varied from engineering to linguistics, to gender studies and political science; really, all I wanted was to learn. There are a few snags there: firstly, I never had … Continue reading A quest for an education, and the reality of being transgender

How the Facebook community standards are tools to silence voices from the margin

Facebook’s community standards and reporting feature, like so many on social media sites, is to “make people feel safe when using Facebook“*… But in reality this needs to be taken not just with a grain of salt, but an entire salt mine; the question is: “safe for who?” Of course, Facebook is not the only platform that this applies to, but it being the largest … Continue reading How the Facebook community standards are tools to silence voices from the margin

“For Us Only”: on safe spaces, exclusion, and privilege

[CN: examples of TERF arguments, and arguments about “reverse racism”] There is this quote: when you’re accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression. No example is more proof of this than any discussion around the creation of safe spaces in the context of race, gender, sexuality, class, etc.  Since I can remember I have gotten myself into conversations defending safe spaces that were women’s only, … Continue reading “For Us Only”: on safe spaces, exclusion, and privilege