SLICE OF LIFE: Don’t ‘dis’ my ability

SLICE OF LIFE: Don’t ‘dis’ my ability

Kayla De Jesus Freitas speaks on her personal experiences being deaf, the struggles she has faced and her views on the way forward in society. I remember with such clarity sitting alone in an audiologist’s office in 2014. My unimpressed stare masked the sheer terror I...
Football and feminism: I also know the offside rule

Football and feminism: I also know the offside rule

“Sorry Sisi, there’s no Generations today. We’re watching soccer”. “Sorry Sisi, there’s no Generations today. We’re watching soccer”. This was my first time in the TV room at res at Wits. There were three guys in there were watching what was left of an Orlando Pirates...

Who’s afraid of vaginas?

I can’t remember a time when my friends and I weren’t in conversation about vaginas, hormones, penises and all that jazz. We throw the “v” word and the “c” word around at all most all encounters over a glass of wine in the midst of roaring laughter and revelations....
OPINION: I am white and I am an African

OPINION: I am white and I am an African

One of my guilty pleasures is the movie Mean Girls.  In the movie, a character named Karen asks the lead character Cady: “So if you’re from Africa, why are you white?” Although the question is asked in a funny way, the idea that there are no white people in “scary,...
SLICE OF LIFE: White riches, and white guilt

SLICE OF LIFE: White riches, and white guilt

Oh, what it is to be white and middle class in present-day South Africa! The struggle is real. People, do not brush aside my pain. You do not understand my hardship in trying to convince people I have not benefited from my low-level melanin casing. Okay, perhaps I...