Monthly Archives: July 2015

Call to Action: Just how to give beyond your 67 minutes

Originally posted on Rape Crisis Cape Town Blog:
We at Rape Crisis want to challenge you to continue that journey past Mandela Day, past those 67 minutes that you gave of yourself. “Volunteer, donate, cement yourself to a cause,” they say. For those inept at charitable deeds, this proposal may seem a daunting task. Surely…


Misogynoir refers to a combination of racism and sexism which specifically affects black women. The word was coined by black feminist scholar Moya Bailey. Examples of misogynoir include the stereotype of the ‘angry black woman’, which ultimately shames black women for being expressive and portrays black women as overly aggressive. By portraying black women as […]

Transgender vs Transracial: Caitlyn Jenner vs Rachel Dolezal

Most people know what transgender means: identifying as a gender that is not the same as the sex you were born into. Being transracial is not the same. Transracial does not refer to people who identify as a race different to their own. It refers to adopted children who are a different race than their […]

Cultural appropriation

Cultural appropriation is the act of taking traditional knowledge, cultural expressions or artifacts from another culture. Cultural appropriation is when somebody adopts parts of a culture that’s not their own. More specifically, though, it’s when people of a dominant culture adopt aspects of an oppressed/marginalized culture. Cultural appropriation is different from cultural appreciation in that […]

67 minutes of activity do not create sustainable change

Originally posted on Rape Crisis Cape Town Blog:
The superficiality of the 67 minutes of charity that people offer one day a year on Mandela Day and how far this is from Mandela’s legacy of changing attitudes and addressing inequality in our country were a hot topic for media commentators last year. Will their message…

Body shaming

Today’s word of the week is body-shaming. Body shaming is degrading or demeaning someone on the basis of their body type. For instance, saying people have “let themselves go” after they have gained weight or mocking them because they are thin are examples of body shaming. Other examples of body shaming include suggesting people need […]


Today’s word is ‘non-binary’, an adjective which describes a person or a gender. Society enforces the idea that gender is binary: we are either women or men. But there are many other ways to experience gender, and we call this ‘non-binary’. When we say that someone’s gender is ‘non-binary’, it means that the person does […]