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Dear deputy president, we are not shields in your political battles

In a letter to deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, Gaopalelwe Phalaetsile reflects on the ways in which *womxn end up as collateral damage when men wage political wars. I imagine it’s tough to campaign to be the president of the country. Many are vying for the same position and I am sure the country will be graced with many other smear campaigns as we approach the December elective conference of the ANC and the 2019 national elections. But I am concerned about your statement of the 2nd September responding to the leaked…

#HoeIsLife is sexual freedom like you’ve never seen it before

Society hates when *womxn have power, especially over our sexuality and our bodies. Patriarchy determines the terms and conditions of sex for womxn. When we challenge patriarchy and reclaim our power, we are often labelled, taunted and ostracised. Gaopalelwe Phalaetsile says womxn are using the #HoeIsLife movement - which espouses sexual freedom for black women - as another way to reclaim power over their sexuality, telling society that our bodies belong to us, and showing patriarchy the middle finger. #HoeisLife has taught…

When we cannot trust our own fathers, which men can we trust?

I remember wondering if I could still wear my short night dress or my short pyjama pants. I had never felt like that in my entire life. I was 18 years old and still feared my father as an elder who always enforced rules whenever he could. But on this day, the fear was different. I wondered if my father ever looked at me and thought of having sexual relations with me. I was petrified and started dressing differently around him because just knowing what he and his friends do made me feel sexualised. One of his friends had on a…

Let’s be real – Kasi Mlungu is problematic AF

Wouldn’t it be nice if I woke up tomorrow morning and decided from now on I am white? I would be ‘The black white’ and no one would criticise me for not being white enough. Would it be that simple? I don’t think so. Kasi Mlungu, real name Anita Ronge - a commercial house music DJ, known as DJ DuchAz, who performs mostly in townships - says she can be whatever she wants. She also says she is often criticised for not being black enough. This has made black people angry, and our anger is justified. I get rejected for not being…