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Melanie Judge

Melanie Judge

Melanie Judge is a queer and feminist activist and adjunct associate professor in public law at the University of Cape Town. She is also the author of Blackwashing Homophobia: Violence and the Politics of Sexuality, Gender and Race
Watch where you put your hands, oaf !
Watch where you put your hands, oaf !
Some months back, at a work event in Europe, a man exclaimed how distressing the #MeToo campaign was for him because, as he put it: “Now I...
​Civil redress better than policing hate
​Civil redress better than policing hate
The ongoing project of creating an equal society in South Africa will be scuppered by the recent proposal to criminalise hate speech. Given our...
Philanthropy should work on putting itself out of business
Philanthropy should work on putting itself out of business
Firstly, let me say that some of my best friends are philanthropists.
SA’s abstinence on UN sexual and gender rights vote is reckless
SA’s abstinence on UN sexual and gender rights vote is reckless
Last week, the United Nations Human Rights...
Jon Qwelane is so proud of his hate
Jon Qwelane is so proud of his hate
I recall the chilling effect of Jon Qwelane's homage to homophobia – "Call me names, gay's not okay" – published in...
Hi, Cardinal Napier. I'm lesbian
Hi, Cardinal Napier. I'm lesbian
Dear Cardinal Napier,
Gender violence requires broader lens
Gender violence requires broader lens
The Mail & Guardian's spread gave a gruesome account of his killing and brought to mind that old media adage: "If...
Deep read: Violence goes beyond blood
Deep read: Violence goes beyond blood
Victoria John's report on
Opening spaces to challenge prejudice
Opening spaces to challenge prejudice
The International Day against Homophobia on May 17 gave pause for reflection. As a society in transition, South Africa presents a contradictory...