Heterosexual men scare me. Not just because of their perceived homophobia, no. But because I am ill-equipped to perform masculinity in the same way that they do.
In recent years, there has been a surge in populist and nationalist politicians coming into power throughout the globe. Most of these politicians are decidedly iliberal, so much so that the very concept of liberal democracy has been called into sharp critique for allowing demagogues to gain political power. In particular, the liberal movement - … Continue reading “KUMBAYA MENTALITY” NOT ENOUGH FOR LIBERALISM
Homophobia is something pervasive within South African society. For all the advances we have made as South Africans, we are still shrouded in the oppressor-oppressee relationship that defines us. We see causal racism in others, but fail - either intentionally or otherwise - to see the not-so-casual homophobia within ourselves. This has been evident to … Continue reading YOU HAVE TO BE A BIGOT TO KNOW HOMOPHOBIA
He is a cool guy. The only problem is that he's homophobic. See the parallels?
The Democratic Alliance is the official opposition in South Africa. It also has had a certain perception over the years as a "white party", owing to its membership of white men within its ranks initially. It has not quite been able to shake off these claims over the years, even when they have included more … Continue reading THE TRUE STATE OF THE DA: MY THOUGHTS ON THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION
When we vote, we have our say. We can either let out our grievances, or we can commend the incumbents on a job well done. We bring in new voices to the political arena, or we send other voices packing. There is tremendous power in exercising our democratic right to vote.
For the past week or so, my favourite question to ask people is - how did you end up deciding who to vote for?