The musings of an accidental journo who failed to be a lawyer because he was all too busy contemplating the meaning of justice in an unjust society.

Sex-pest rocks varsity

 KwezilomsoM writes on when Black sex-pests become the easy scape-goats of entrenched institutional violence against womyn. “The front page story in the Sunday times on 3 March 2013 (Sex-pest rocks varsity) is not just an innocent and brave exposition of a violent sex-pest. What it is, is a dangerous attempt at absolving the institutions (with

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Enthusiastic consent: only yes means yes

After the widely reported on grizzly rape and murder of Anene Booysen last month, sexual violence and strategies of combating it have been a significant topic of discussion in South Africa. Could enthusiastic consent be the solution to ending sexual violence? Michelle Solomon tells Playboy just how hot it can be and why it could very

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No miracle arose in SA’s transition from apartheid

What is this miracle and for whom is it rising? TO Molefe asks about Miracle Rising Too few articulated so clearly what I felt throughout the entire month that DStv marketed and then broadcast this documentary as Osiame Molefe did. “For each time the miracle narrative is repeated, and it has been many times and

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Reeva Steenkamp and the real horror of gender-based violence

It was on my daily two hour commute to work, tweeting my regular #TaxiTales, that I came to learn of Reeva Steenkamp’s homicide on Thursday morning. Still shell-shocked from the gruesome rape and murder of 17 year old Anene Booysen just the week before, and only just starting to unpack the prevailing culture of rape

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From Slut Walk to One Billion Rising: Losing the protest plot

One Billion Rising and then what? Talia Meer asks some uncomfortable questions? “In a society that constantly bears down on women, tells them how to dress, how to act, where to go, with whom, at what time, such moments are extremely valuable for some, moments of visibility, freedom, of solidarity, of empowerment. But these cannot

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From Delhi to Bredasdorp

  Richard Pithouse on why rape isn’t something that only happens “over there” as we like to think. “While we must investigate the nature of the conditions that enable rape to become an everyday reality we must, of course, be absolutely clear that no culture, no context and no degree of suffering and humiliation justifies rape

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Sexual violence, Anene Booysens and the ANCWL

Is enough really enough when it comes to sexual violence for the ANCWL? Yesterday, the ANC Women’s League released a statement on the gang-rape and murder of Anene Booysen calling on all South Africans to stand together and unite against rape. Disillusioned by the continued trade in and exchange of the dead and mutilated bodies

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