Sexuality

The Inner Circle: Research Interns

The Inner Circle (TIC) is a leading Human Rights organization which is based in Cape Town. It was founded in 1996 but during this time, it remained an informal organisation. The organisation continued to grow and in 1998, it was established as the Al-Fitrah Foundation before it was registered as TIC in 2006. At the depths of the organisation is the quest for transformation in the Islamic community and faith as far as the relationship between Islam, sexual orientation and gender identity is concerned.

The Inner Circle: Research Assistants

The Inner Circle (TIC) is a leading human rights organisation which is based in Cape Town. It was founded in 1996 but during this time, it remained an informal organisation. The organisation continued to grow and in 1998, it was established as the Al-Fitrah Foundation before it was registered as TIC in 2006. At the depths of the organisation is the quest for transformation in the Islamic community and faith as far as the relationship between Islam, sexual orientation and gender identity is concerned.

No Independence Celebrations Until Women's Bodies are Free

The recent sex video scandal involving 20-year old Iris Kaingu in Zambia has shown that patriarchy is alive and well in Africa. Zambian media and social media platforms went abuzz with the news of the conviction and subsequent sentencing of Kaingu for making obscene cinematography films ‘tending to corrupt morals’. The court ordered her to pay about US$1870 or serve nine months in prison.

Addressing the Politics of Sexuality

This month, civil society representatives from Southern Africa converged in Maputo, Mozambique for the annual Southern African Development Community (SADC) Council of Non-Governmental Organisations (CNGO). Held under the banner ‘The SADC We Want’, the meeting discussed various issues including regional integration, environment, climate change, elections, children's rights and the rights of sexual minorities. The striking issue from the Maputo discussion is the fact that most human rights defenders will not fight for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) rights.

Buy a Burger, Buy Sex: South African Media Representations of Women

When one considers the advertising industry, the consistent use of sexualised images of women is a very obvious phenomenon. It is not uncommon to see highly sexualised images of women advertising anything from cars, clothing and mobile phones, to furniture, food and a whole host of other products and services that somehow ‘benefit’ from an association – no matter how mismatched – with a ‘sexy’ woman.

SA Ought to Look at Power When it Comes to Prejudice About Gender and Sexuality

It is high time South Africa overhauled its rigid and prejudiced stereotyping of gender and sexuality.

We remain a deeply divided and prejudiced society. Growing poverty and structural inequality, coupled with a violent intolerance of difference, is a lethal cocktail for all those perceived as other.

The ‘othering’ of divergent genders and sexualities plays out in homes, institutions, the media and in the fabric of society. Gender and sexuality are primarily constructed in dichotomies: male-female, man-woman and gay-straight.

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