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

“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

Sex And Gender Are Actually The Same Thing (but bear with me…)

Originally posted on Androgyneity:
As you read the title, you may be overcome with indignation that this article is going to be a gender-essentialist rant. You’ll be relieved to know that it’s quite the opposite. My intent in writing this is to point out some serious misconceptions perpetuated in ‘trans 101’ and cisgender allyship resources, which end up doing much more harm than good for… Continue reading Sex And Gender Are Actually The Same Thing (but bear with me…)

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”