Monthly Archives: May 2015

Intersectionality

“Intersectionality” refers to the idea that systems of oppression like racism, sexism, classism, ableism, etc. are interconnected and interdependent. The term was first coined by Kimberle Crenshaw in 1989. She used it to describe the way black women, specifically, experience a combination of racism and sexism. When black women are discriminated against, it is sometimes […]

Misogyny

Misogyny is a form of sexism which involves the structural devaluation of women and femininity. In other words, it’s the attitude that women and femininity is inferior to men and masculinity. There are endless examples of misogyny in our society. Misogynistic stereotypes include the myth that all women are over-emotional, ‘crazy’, dramatic, shallow, weak, and unintelligent. […]

Ableism

Ableism is “discrimination or prejudice against people with physical or mental disabilities.” Ableism includes denial of accessibility, the inappropriate use of ableist slurs (for example, crazy, lame, cripple) and it can be seen in commonly believed myths about people with different disabilities. Ableism includes using disabilities and illnesses as pejoratives, e.g. referring to ignorant people […]

Who determines my gender?

two students not conforming to gender classification. Photo: Thandi Bombi Gender awareness issues have proved to affect more than the students and Academic staff at Rhodes University. Thandi Bombi Reports on the latest events to inspire change. He just stood there, dumbfounded by what he had just heard. If his beard, his deep voice and…

Cisgender

Being cisgender means identifying as the gender one is assigned at birth. Gender is often assigned on the basis of the appearance of one’s genitals. “Cisgender” is often considered the opposite of “transgender”. It’s important to use the word “cisgender” instead of the word “normal”, which implies that trans people are abnormal. To use an […]

Heteronormativity

Heteronormativity is a concept interpreted in many different ways, but it mainly concerns the idea that society accepts and even celebrates certain kinds of sex and relationships while shaming other types of sex. Heteronormativity upholds certain kinds of sex as the norm. Heteronormativity includes the idea that heterosexuality is normal and superior to other sexualities […]