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…

Why casual sexism at UCT matters

Originally posted on Gender-Specs:
This article was originally written for the FeministsSA blog. That site is currently being revamped and offline so I thought I’d post it here: “The girls here are all sluts man, is it any better at Rhodes?”. I overheard this question on Jammie plaza last year. The unidentified dudebro essentially ruined my lunch and made me vow to continue hiding out… Continue reading Why casual sexism at UCT matters

On the “gendered socialisation” of a transwoman

Writing this isn’t an easy thing, because it is something even some of my close friends still struggle with; it is something that too easily gets perpetuated in even the most intersectional of feminist spaces I’ve recently engaged with. It is the statement that “transgender women are socialised as men.” Part of me even feared writing this, and as I type I’m trying to reflect … Continue reading On the “gendered socialisation” of a transwoman

Why I am not excited about Emma Watson’s speech at the UN

I really am not, far from actually; to be honest I am quite the opposite, I’m really don’t like it. On my newsfeed on Facebook kinda exploded with lots of praise for this British actress who stands up for feminism at the UN, as if she is the first or something. But it is not just that; it is the speech she actually gave, entirely … Continue reading Why I am not excited about Emma Watson’s speech at the UN

Candle light vigil, in solidarity against violence against woman

Tonight the SRC (Student Representative Council) of the University of Cape Town is organising a candlelight vigil in solidarity against violence against woman… well women, unless there is a specific woman that it is for (might be, I’ve missed quite a bit lately being somewhat absent from social media in the past months.) My first reaction: yeah, 촛불시위! Let’s go! But in my mind, of … Continue reading Candle light vigil, in solidarity against violence against woman