Monthly Archives: September 2015

TERF

As the name suggests, trans-exclusionary radical feminism refers to a branch of feminism that believes that trans women are men, not women. Essentially, they believe that gender is determined by one’s genitals, not one’s gender identity. They don’t believe that trans women are oppressed, despite the fact that trans women are very much vulnerable to […]

Gender Action Project hosts feminist sharing picnic

The botanical gardens in Grahamstown became host to a group of students discussing their views on feminism during a sharing picnic. Reporter, Shannon Frost, attended the event to bring you all the details. The botanical gardens became the meeting place for Grahamstown’s womanists, feminists, activists, and keen politicians as the Gender Action Project (GAP) hosted…

Demisexual

The Word-of-the-Week this Wednesday is ‘demisexual’. ‘Demisexual’ is a sexual orientation that describes a person who does not experience sexual attraction unless they form a strong emotional connection with someone. For every demisexual person, the nature of the ‘bond’ they have with someone before they feel sexual attraction can differ. Some demisexual people might feel […]

GAP Picnic & Feminist Sharing Space

This Saturday September 19, 2015, the Gender Action Project held a Picnic and Feminist Sharing Space at the Botanical Gardens in Grahamstown. The rain on Friday thankfully gave way to a breezy day with spots of sunshine, healthy snacks were provided and devoured, as was poetry on a range of feminist concerns. Poetry such as Desireé […]

Concern Troll

A concern troll is a person who participates in a debate posing as an actual or potential ally who simply has some concerns they need answered before they will ally themselves with a cause. In reality they are a critic. Usually, they have ‘good intentions’, but they ultimately end up perpetuating oppressive ideas. An example […]

Gender Action Project Statement on Sex Work

Last week saw the launch of the Asijiki Coalition for the Decriminalisation of Sex Work – the collaboration of a number of organisations aiming to end the criminalisation of sex work. The Gender Action Project would like to affirm its support of calls to decriminalise sex work. We recognise that sex work is a legitimate […]

Homonormativity

Homonormativity refers to the assimilation of homosexual people into a heteronormative system, so that homosexuality is accepted but heteronormativity and its corresponding gender and sexual norms are not challenged. We’ve previously looked at the idea of ‘heteronormativity’. Heteronormativity includes the idea that heterosexuality is normal and superior, but it also includes the idea that certain […]