The Making of a Feminist Political Constituency or How to Theorize a Bonobo Sisterhood Polity

*Emmah Wabuke How can we convert women into a feminist political force rather than political footstools of the more quintessential polities, such as ethnicity? This post has no answer. Instead, it provides a roadmap, through a series of questions, which will hopefully lead the reader into a working formula on HOW to create a feminist … Continue reading The Making of a Feminist Political Constituency or How to Theorize a Bonobo Sisterhood Polity

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Betrayal

How does it feel, sista? How does it feel to be used my sista? How does it feel to be another ‘unappointable black’? How does it feel when the ‘benevolent’ white massa finally reveals his true colours? How does it feel, sista, to know that after you saved their ass’ in 2015 and 2016, they … Continue reading Betrayal

History and Violence, responding to white supremacy: America and South Africa in the Trump era… A retelling of the event

Wami Kolawole* What do you mean when you say the Trump era? And how true is that assertion in the context of South Africa and even Africa’s realities? That was the first question problematizing our chosen topic, in what would turn out to be an intimate but highly stimulating discussion. To this initial salvo, the … Continue reading History and Violence, responding to white supremacy: America and South Africa in the Trump era… A retelling of the event

Trickling Down the Weinstein Effect: Enter the Bonobo Sisterhood

Emmah Wabuke* Following the expose about Harvey Weinstein’s sexual predatory behaviour, many were quick to show support for the women accusers.  This public response is best summarised by the ‘We Believe You’ tone in the now-controversial Lena Dunham’s tweet: ‘The woman who chose to speak about their experience of harassment by Harvey Weinstein deserve our … Continue reading Trickling Down the Weinstein Effect: Enter the Bonobo Sisterhood

How to Tell When to Send Your Paper into a Journal

*Susan Sterett and Paul Collins A group of faculty and graduate students in the Five College Seminar in Legal Studies in Western Massachusetts talked on a beautiful Friday afternoon about submitting a manuscript to a journal, something that feels so scary to some people they won’t do it. Other people send things in readily, and have tricks to manage any difficulties. … Continue reading How to Tell When to Send Your Paper into a Journal