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”

The world upside down… kinda sorta

My new South-up world map at my desk at home… I used to hang regular maps upside down, but just got irritated by the upside down writing. OTDmaps makes these maps, and I love them; why should North be up? There is no reason we can’t turn such an arbitrary convention around! North-up convention is basically a result of Eurocentrism, and wasn’t how the earliest maps were … Continue reading The world upside down… kinda sorta

City Press and Haffajee: whose racism is it?

A twitter storm has broken out in the past days regarding City Press’ Editor-in-Chief Ferial Haffajee tweet regarding “[…] naked racism on display yesterday. […]” referring to an internal meeting and what she considered a racist attack against two white editors. A follow-up tweet from her stated I don’t tolerate white racists, so what makes black racists any different? Today, I drew a line in … Continue reading City Press and Haffajee: whose racism is it?

Open letter to the Internet

A rough timeline for your perusal: Sinead O’Connor wrote her open letter to Miley Cyrus Then, Amanda Palmer wrote an open letter to Sinead O’Connor Followed by Ann Magnuson writing an open letter to an open letter Polly “Superstar” Witthaker wrote an open letter to sex It seems it’s the season of open letters, and I really want to be a productive member of society; … Continue reading Open letter to the Internet