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Semenya and the ethics of luck
Semenya and the ethics of luck
I wish I was a little bit taller. I wish I was better at mathematics. I wish I could sing. I wish my body responded more effectively to exercise....
We can back SA’s golden girl by challenging our stereotypes
We can back SA’s golden girl by challenging our stereotypes
I remember well when Caster Semenya came home after her first gold win and the controversy it stirred over her sex. Among the many placards at the...
The family unit is in crisis
The family unit is in crisis
As I read about our country’s problems and reflect on proposed solutions to tackle free education, job shortages and the restoration of the land,...
May Day, it’s our very own day
May Day, it’s our very own day
Tuesday. May 1. May Day. Workers’ Day.
Thank you for vaping
Thank you for vaping
Of all vapers, devotees with large handsets interest me the most.
White women, black men: Same WhatsApp group
White women, black men: Same WhatsApp group
Despite the tempting simplicity of reductionist approaches to making sense of our world, many of us are beginning to grapple with the irreducible...
Spooky! It was the goofy lad
Spooky! It was the goofy lad
Everyone having apparently gone Stratcom-befok in the past few weeks, I find myself thinking back to those long-gone days when we toiled at this...
Motherhood be damned
Motherhood be damned
If the current tide of politics and discourse in South Africa does not turn soon, this year’s events concerning womanhood will be remembered for...
Supra’s doing a Daddy on us
Supra’s doing a Daddy on us
Monday. It’s a perfect Durban autumn afternoon. The sun’s touch is gentle but it’s more than warm enough to hit the water.
State spies are ever with us
State spies are ever with us
Wednesday. The Durban sky is soft and dusky, the sun gently inching its way upwards from the east. There’s a sense of peace over the half-awake...
‘Now arriving: Mama Winnie Airport’
‘Now arriving: Mama Winnie Airport’
“All members in favour of renaming Cape Town International Airport to Project Runway, say aye,” the leader of the renaming committee said.
Winnie’s death a chance for us to introspect
Winnie’s death a chance for us to introspect
The death on April 2 of Nomzamo Winifred Madikizela-Mandela caught many off-guard. Despite a record of ill health in recent months, mentioned even...
It’s time to queer psychology and new LGBTI guidelines will achieve this
It’s time to queer psychology and new LGBTI guidelines will achieve this
An historic document was launched in Johannesburg this evening by the Psychological Society of South Africa. It is a set of practice guidelines...
Islam and the first feminists
Islam and the first feminists
Women in Islam have slayed (with the sword and otherwise) for years. It’s a fact. But these facts are secrets. Just don’t read the Qur’an...

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