When I grow-up I want to be Ms. Marvel. Also known was the totally ass-kicking, homework doing and completely dorky Kamala Khan. Kamala is basically living my life, minus her tendency to get all Mr. Fantastic/ Mystique at the worst possible moments. Overbearing parents? Check. Slightly insecure and awkward? Check. Total fan girl of superheroes? Double check. Ms. Marvel is hands down the most relatable superhero EVER.
In April, Harvard grad and drummer for M.I.A. Kiran Gandhi ran theLondon Marathon while menstruating. Before the race, she decided to skipthe discomfort of running with a tampon in and let her period blood rundown her legs. In a new follow-up interview with People, Gandhi givesmore context about what drove her to go with the flow: (more…)
South Africa is one of the hardest hit countries in the world when it comes to HIV infection rates, with 6.5 million people living with the deadly disease. Teenage girls and young women are most at risk for infection – one in three South African women under the age of 24 is HIV positive.
This leaves the South African government and community leaders with a troublesome challenge. However the answer may be simple. As the infographic below indicates, keeping our girls safe may be as simple as providing safe places for them after school. (more…)
By: Sarah Osman, MSc. Contributors: Mantshi Teffo-Menziwa and Denise Hunt, Marie Stopes South Africa
In South Africa, a paradox ensues when looking at data on women’s reproductive health. The last Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) of 2003 states that 90 percent of pregnant women received antenatal care and 91 percent of births were attended by a skilled health practitioner, yet the latest estimates of maternal mortality in the country approximate the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) at up to 625 per 100 000 live births. The same DHS reports that 65 percent of women in South Africa are using a modern form of contraception, yet recent cross-sectional studies show that over 60 percent of most recent pregnancies are unplanned.
Feminism a dirty word. It’s often used as an insult, and has the power to make acquaintances and colleagues remarkably uncomfortable. Some people denounce feminism because they don’t think men are the enemy. Others feel that we no longer need feminism because they treat everyone the same. Others think that patriarchy is a conspiracy theory.
Despite all of the charges brought against feminism, I am a proud feminist. And here’s why.
I believe in equality.
The biggest misconception about feminists is that they are exclusively women who are trying to gain power over men. Feminists – both male and female – are fighting for equality among the sexes. Thanks to feminists women are able to vote, go to university and generally have more agency over their lives.Thanks to feminism mandated paternal leave is beginning to gain ground, men’s paternal rights are better protected, and slowly but surely, boys are no longer needing to prove their “masculinity” on a regular basis. Thanks to feminism women and men have permission to be exactly who theyare despite their gender, and that’s a cause I can get behind.
Women are still oppressed.
For many middle class women and men, the idea that women are oppressed is outrageous and does not reflect their reality.
In South Africa, a woman is killed by a partner every eight hours. Child marriage is rampant across the continent.
More subtley, men still dominate senior management positions and on average, earn more than women for the same work. The list goes on and on.
I loath misogynists. I loath misandrists too.
If there is one thing I want to scream across the hilltops it’s this: Femists don’t hate men! Misandrists hate men!
Misandrists have done the most damage to the feminist movement by masquerading as feminists. By infiltrating our ranks, they seek legitimacy and make the rest of us seem like power hungry crazies in the process. Boo misandrists! And boo misogynists!