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 trans  woman and a non-binary trans person … Continue reading On #RapeAtAzania, barebreasted disruptions, and the invisibility of trans bodies…

[Guest] On Zizipho Pae and the intersectionality of oppression – Wanelisa Xaba

Recently, after the US Supreme Court decision extending marriage equality nationally in USA, SRC vice-president Zizipho Pae posted a status on Facebook condemning this decision as “institutionalising sin”. This has lead to widespread condemnation by LGBTI persons. Wanelisa Xaba, founder of SAY-F (South African Young Feminist Activist) shares her views on the matter. *** The violence that Zizipho Pae has inflicted upon the gay, queer … Continue reading [Guest] On Zizipho Pae and the intersectionality of oppression – Wanelisa Xaba

Today is the day you should care about [insert cause]!

Apparently, this Saturday – September 28 – was the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion… And I completely missed it; like I’ve missed the “Global Female Condom day – September 16, though confusingly it was September 12 last year. I’m sure I’ve missed several other important days, some of which I’ve noticed passing by on the Wikipedia Main page; September 30, … Continue reading Today is the day you should care about [insert cause]!

The problem with “identity-based” organising | MovementsRethink part 5

This afternoon’s discussion focussed heavily on identity and identity-based organising and activism. It has been something I’ve been thinking about quite a lot and the discussion definitely helped me to think thoroughly through this. Identity politics are heavily present in contempory social movements; e.g. LGBTI, sex worker, transgender, gay, lesbian, woman, black, person of colour, asian, etc. There are simply too many labels referring to … Continue reading The problem with “identity-based” organising | MovementsRethink part 5

What is a “social movement” | MovementsRethink part 4

A movement is an organized set of constituents (people) pursuing a common political agenda of change through collective action. – Batliwala, 2012 I remember years ago, in Amsterdam when I had just entered the sex workers’ rights movement, an academic involved in sex worker’s rights rights told me that movements were the collective written/documented/produced body of a specific activist stream; here she questioned the existence … Continue reading What is a “social movement” | MovementsRethink part 4