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“Breaking boundaries: Sexuality, gender, reproduction, health and rights”

I was very privileged to attend a conference in Bangkok, Thailand, from 12th – 15th July, with my supervisor, Prof. Catriona Macleod. It was organised by the International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society, and its theme is the title of this piece.

South African education and queer students

Under the South African constitution there are protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation nevertheless whilst South African legislation is praised for its progressive commitment to social justice and transformation, implementation is far from picturesque.

CSSR presents at the Vuyisile Mini Winter School

In July of this year the annual Vuyisile Mini Winter School was hosted by the Institute of Social and Economic Research in conjunction with the Neil Aggett Labour Studies Unit and the Critical Studies in Sexualities and Reproduction Unit at Rhodes University in partnership with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. Named in honour of a comrade of the South African labour movement and liberation struggle, this school is aimed at trade union office bearers in the Eastern Cape and associated labour based organisations. It seeks to create a space in which all participants can critically engage with ideas of social democracy, particularly those that pertain to the link between social policy and labour market interventions.

"She said no, but he was persistent; Rape Culture in South African Universities"

South African higher education institutions ought to raise awareness and condemn rape culture to challenge and deconstruct the harmful ideologies many students enter universities with. According to Fanflik (2007) rape has many physical and emotional reactions such as, but not limited to: aches and pains like head; back and stomach aches; heart palpitations; changes in sleeping patterns; appetite and interest in sex; fear; grief; outbursts of anger; intrusive thoughts of the trauma; nightmares; feelings of helplessness; attempts to avoid anything associated with the trauma; tendency to isolate oneself; difficulty trusting; feelings of self-blame and shame. This shows that rape has countless physical and psychological consequences and could take months or years to heal and asking questions that endorse rape and blaming the victim further traumatised the victims.

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We are pleased to introduce Part 2 of Feminism & Psychology’s Special Issue on Abortion in Context. In this part, we turn attention to experiences and meanings surrounding an abortion, rather than macro-level issues. The articles focus on individuals’ accounts of processes involved in an abortion – reaching a decision to terminate a pregnancy, undergoing the procedure, and coming to terms with any social disapproval that may follow. The overarching theme of both Part 1 and Part 2 of the Special Issue is that abortion (and women’s reproductive lives more generally) must be seen in context – whether medical, socio-cultural or legal context; or immediate material and interpersonal context.