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Shani Raviv

Shani Raviv

    Defending the laywoman
    Defending the laywoman
    On a balmy Saturday afternoon in the suburbs, I am strangling a much older woman with a diamond ring in her nose. When I loosen my grip she shows...
    Ten queer years
    Ten queer years
    Ten years ago artists, architects and designers collaborated on the Mother City Queer Project's first party, the Locker Room Project. Architect...
    Buy-buy to the Cape
    Buy-buy to the Cape
    Despite the enormous coverage of last year's Cape Town Fashion Week -- in more than 40 countries -- there were apparently only a handful of...
    Up on cloud nine
    Up on cloud nine
    Iheard I could get high on a field in Obs. So I drove there with a friend and found grass — a huge, green grass lawn dotted with black tyres...
    Testing ... testing ... HIV
    Testing ... testing ... HIV
    Getting tested for HIV is about as enticing as sleeping with a new partner for the first time with a condom that the government distributed. It's a...
    Every dog has his day
    Every dog has his day
    It's not every day that men get down on their knees to eat dog biscuits out of a woman's hand.
    Keeping abreast
    Keeping abreast
    I've never been big on breasts. At first I shunned them. Then I strapped them down in puberty's equivalent of a straightjacket. And as a teenager,...
    Losing my libido
    Losing my libido
    I lost my libido and didn't know where to find it. I know when I lost it and why. But the sad thing was that I didn't miss it. If my partner hadn't...
    Inn love
    Inn love
    My boyfriend and I checked into a love hotel for the hour. It was Friday night and we were on an errant mission in an erogenous zone.
    Frozen on the birth channel
    Frozen on the birth channel
    Almost every woman I know is pregnant or planning. Either high on post-conception, heavy with foetus in utero, panicked for the Caesarean section...
    Speaking in tongues
    Speaking in tongues
    I was told that my body language gives men the wrong impression. But I cannot remain impervious to such insinuations. Every woman has the right to...
    'My vagina wears real fur'
    'My vagina wears real fur'
    A sandblasted glass door slid open to a red room with a glittering disco ball spinning above and metal poles piercing the tables. There was the...