The discomfiting truth about white feminism: Meryl Streep, Amy Poehler & the movement’s long history of racial insensitivity
After a very unfortunate joke about pedophilia and Blue Ivy Carter in the opening show of a new series produced by Amy Poehler, I waited for white feminists
Female technology journalists report abuse is still the name of the game
A few months ago, I stared out of the window, wondering whether to change my name. I’d been advised I “might consider” doing so if I wanted to
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An outsider’s bare act of defiance
We all have this naked body under our clothes. It’s a basic variation on two broad themes and yet in so many ways it’s still the most radical
French broadcaster’s anti-sexism advert pulled for being sexist
October 8, 2015
It was meant to be an advert for the importance of gender equality and women in the workplace. But a 40-second film boasting of the French public broadcaster ...read more
‘Suffragette’ tops bill as London film festival spotlights women’s struggles
October 7, 2015
The London Film Festival opening today with a screening of the British drama Suffragette has a special focus this year on women and their battles -- from the ...read more
Has paternity denial become the norm in SA?
October 2, 2015
Men denying paternity has become normalised and the lack of research around this, as well as women’s disempowerment, makes matters much worse, panelists at a debate at the ...read more
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Diepsloot: Where men think it’s their right to rape
October 2, 2015
The sun has just risen over the shacks of Extension 1 in Diepsloot, Johannesburg north. It is a calm Tuesday, just after 6am, in October 2013. Those with jobs ...read more
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 30: Lisa Christie, (C) former Mrs. America, 1997-1998, speaks during a news conference with three new alleged sexual assault victims of comedian Bill Cosby, Pamela Abeyta (L) Sharon Van Ert (R), with attorney Gloria Allred September 30, 2015, in Los Angeles, California. Cosby has been accused of sexual assault by over 30 women.   Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFP
Three more women accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault
October 1, 2015
Three more women, including a former Mrs America, came forward on Wednesday to accuse US comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault. The women spoke at a news conference ...read more
I don’t like Miss Transgender UK, but it does give trans women a boost
September 30, 2015
Is a beauty pageant any way to “normalise” the transgender experience? Hmm, let me think. No. The bottom line for anyone possessed of even a smidgeon of feminist ...read more
Dalai Lama’s ‘sexist’ quip ruffles equality activists
September 25, 2015
Gender equality campaigners have criticised the Dalai Lama for his suggestion that any potential female successor to his role “must be very, very, attractive”. In an interview, the ...read more
Small things to be thankful for this Heritage Day
September 21, 2015
A wise man once said to me that nothing is ever lost, and if you feel that something is lost you must simply search for it in its ...read more
Sudan women footballers strive to build national team
September 9, 2015
On a dirt pitch next to Khartoum airport, Sara Edward watches the players she hopes to mould into Sudan's first national women's football team hone their skills, kicking ...read more
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Q&A: Filmmaker Mmabatho Montsho zooms in on female sexuality
September 4, 2015
What started out as a conversation about sexual purity between filmmaker and actor Mmabatho Montsho and her friend, turned into a 10-part web series on YouTube. The series, ...read more
Absolution for abortion: The Pope’s offer is overdue but doesn’t feel like a step forward
September 4, 2015
Six months ago, I walked out of church in the middle of a service. I had recently married, but the swift exit had nothing to do with leaving ...read more
Tunisia’s lesbian community mobilises against deep-rooted prejudice
September 3, 2015
Nawel was in Tunis’s city centre when it happened. “This guy came up to me from nowhere. He was dressed really religiously and, without any warning, he just ...read more