The September Issue: A Mental Health Narrative

10:30 pm, September 3rd Tuesday nights were ridiculous. We found ourselves at the same old bar, waiting in line with the same old crowd. We smiled vaguely at ex-lovers passing by and pretended the three shots of tequila at the pregame had yet to hit us. A dozen or so heels tapped against the concrete…

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Justice for Women March: Durban

South Africa has always been a nation that is run by its people; we protest, we shout, we demand for change and recently we have become complacent. However, various groups across South Africa have protested and brought attention to the tragic issue of gender-based violence. I had the opportunity to speak with Tersia Erasmus, one…

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How To Kill Misogyny: Gender-Based Violence in South Africa

I remember when I was in a classroom at my all-girls school and the teacher highlighted a statistic about how 1 in every 5 of us are dying of some terrible disease, and the girl next to me counted the students and for every fifth girl, she pointed her fingers like a gun and said,…

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Say His Name: Elijah Al-Amin

By now, I’m sure you all have heard of, and hopefully not forgotten, the tragic story of Elijah Al-Amin, the young Arizona boy killed on Independence Day because of his decision to play a certain genre of music. A man slit the throat of the 17-year-old because of the “threatening” music. The accused threat? Rap…

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When She Forgets

Today I visited my Aji; that’s what I grew up calling my father’s mother. I asked her if she knew my name and who I was. This had become a regular, albeit woeful, game my family played with her. She was diagnosed with dementia a few years back and ever since I’ve stood by; complacently…

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Young Girls and the Trap of “Somewhat” Rights

Do you ever notice how menstrual sanitary equipment is to be kept out of sight at all times but when you ask your brothers to clean their pubic hair off the toilet seat they tell you shut up and your mum says it’s natural, they’re boys? Do you ever want to tear your own eyes…

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Validation

I don’t know why I seek validation from the one who only sees me as a number, from the one who reads my name simply as a word with no life attached to it. I don’t know why I seek validation from a society who shushes away cries of change, telling those cries that they’re…

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Kama Sutra, Sunny Leone & The Politics of Sex

“I think there is risk in every form of self expression. You are putting yourself out for the world to judge.” –Sunny Leone Because how else do we approach the topic of sex-positivity without quoting India’s most celebrated porn star, Sunny Leone? So let’s get into it. Let’s talk S-E-X — the forbidden three-letter word…

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