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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

‘Tone policing’ is the act of focusing on someone’s ‘tone’ rather than their arguments in such a way that it upholds systematic oppression. It includes ignoring someone’s argument or considering it invalid because it was said in a ‘rude’ or ‘angry’ tone. Tone policing derails a conversation, as it focusses on the ‘tone’ of the […]

content warning: abortion “Well, I had an inkling I might have been pregnant for about two weeks. But only found out about it, after taking a hasty pregnancy test in the mall…” Sam* explains her story. She did not tell her family about it. No support was offered from anyone other than herself and closest […]

Cross-orientation describes a situation in which someone’s romantic orientation doesn’t ‘align’ with their sexual orientation, and is also known as a ‘mixed orientation’. Often when we speak about ‘sexual orientation’, we assume that sexual and romantic orientation are the same thing. For example, we assume homosexual people are also homoromantic, that bisexual people are biromantic, […]