Explode, but only if you feel it
March 25, 2015
Faking orgasms is a disservice to society. Why give a standing ovation when the play is bad? These were the musings during my first year of university when…
Serena Williams and US Vogue’s cliché-free cover
March 24, 2015
It’s not remarkable that Serena Williams is on the April cover of US Vogue, despite what you might think. Yes, the styling is remarkably minimal: teal Rag &…
Egyptian woman who has lived as man for 40 years voted ‘best mum’

Sisa Abu Daooh is Egypt’s matriarch of the moment, after being named by officials in her home town of Luxor as the city’s most supportive mother. Which may come as a surprise: for she is Luxor’s “best mum” by virtue of having worked and dressed for more than 40 years as a man. Abu Daooh, …

‘Forced’ sterilisation of HIV women violates rights

Three women’s rights advocacy groups have lodged a formal complaint with the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) protesting the “ongoing forced/coerced sterilisation of women living with HIV in South Africa”. Speaking at a media event on Wednesday, representatives from two of the three groups, Her Rights Initiative (HRI) and the Women’s Legal Centre (WLC), argued …

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Kagure Mugo
Take him out, make him feel pretty
"Men don’t court anymore." A complaint I've heard more than once, men are less R&B and more hip hop, less Luther Vandross Buy Me a Rose and more Lil Joh "Turn Down for What". The masculine types are no longer trying when it comes to the dating game. Maybe we…
Georgina Guedes
Jonathan Franzen and Jennifer Weiner: Comparing apples with high-heel shoes
Jonathan Franzen is grabbing headlines (again), in literary circles, for his comments about fellow author Jennifer Weiner in an interview given to Butler University’s literary journal Booth. If you’ve not heard of this great literary feud before now, allow me to summarise: Weiner has repeatedly tweeted complaints about the New…
Susan Tolmay
Not having children is a gift to the planet, so not that selfish after all
In his recent address to an audience in St Peter’s Square, Pope Francis told people who choose not to have children that they're "selfish". He said “The choice to not have children is selfish. Life rejuvenates and acquires energy when it multiplies: It is enriched, not impoverished.” I am not…