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Defund The Crown: Miss South Africa, why?

This weekend will mark the crowning of the 63rd Miss South Africa in Cape Town. As it stands, 10 femmes anxiously await the ceremony, where one of them will leave to join the ranks of Shudufhadzo Musida (the current title holder) and Tamaryn Green (Miss SA 2018).  Perhaps the win could even lead to one…

Cinderella doesn’t have to be a girlboss

Cinderella might be one of the most adapted fairy tales on-screen but every few years there is always an attempt to create a version that is “modern”, “fresh” and, worst of all, “empowering”. Of all the criticisms of the version of girlhood and femininity that the Disney Princesses have produced, the idea that Cinderella is…

Don’t let your anti-queerness fail Boity

It was just a regular Thursday afternoon when Twitter was yet again reminded — as if it could ever be forgotten — of the dangers of the femme South African experience, following the release of a leaked audio recording of an alleged physical altercation between the rapper, Boity, and the host of the Queer Way…

Anime and its meteoric rise into Pop Culture consciousness

Picture this, after having spent most of your afternoon busy with extracurricular activities or afterschool sports, you head back home, rush through your homework, only taking a break to take a big gulp of the ice-cold Oros you’ve poured for yourself.  You rush through to the living room, turning over the cushions looking for the…

Celebrating the creation and access to African Knowledge with #WikipediaByUs

#WikipediaByUs: Celebrating South African knowledge creators The International Day for Universal Access to Information is celebrated annually on 28 September — a fact many South Africans are not aware of, meaning the day often passes us by, without acknowledgement nor celebration. However, this year will see cause for celebration as Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organisation…

Blood and Water owes us better representation

Discourse around representation – as with most discourse – tends to get to a point in which it can feel a little clinical. It starts to feel like a bunch of arguments thrown together in varying contexts with similar approaches. However, this doesn’t make the actual practice of representation any less important. Hence, even after…