Author Archives: Gender Action Project

Meet the GAP 2016 committee

  Sian Ferguson Chairperson Pronoun: She Hometown: Cape Town Sian is particularly passionate about activism involving sexual assault, mental illness and sex worker’s rights. Sian says, “My favourite feminist icon is Gorata Chengeta, the previous chairperson of GAP.” GAP is important to me because it’s a very rare space where students get to connect and make a real […]


The term ‘kyriarchy’ refers to the broad system of domination maintaining all intersecting systems of oppression and marginalisation, including cissexism, racism, sexism, heterosexism, ableism, classism, etc. In other words, the kyriarchy is the system that consists of all forms of oppression. While the term ‘patriarchy’ refers only to sexism, ‘kyriarchy’ refers to all kinds of […]

2015’s best hashtags for social justice

2015 saw the creation many hashtags that gave way to fruitful campaigns, targeting a wide range of issues such as racism, sexism and rape culture. These are some of my favourites in no particular order.


Monosexism is oppression based on the belief that monosexuality – i.e. being attracted to only one gender – is better and more legitimate than other sexual orientations. In other words, it’s the belief that people who are exclusively heterosexual or exclusively homosexual are more valid or superior to those who are bisexual, asexual, pansexual, sexually […]


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…


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 […]