Current Affairs

The twin pandemics: gender based violence during the times of coronavirus in South Africa

Gender-based violence is not a new problem in South Africa, but it has reached a fever pitch during the Covid-19 pandemic, with hundreds breaking lockdown restrictions to grieve the violent murder of Tshegofatso Pule, a 28 year old pregnant woman, in early June. The president Cyril Rampahosa addressed the nation in response, and last year pledged a further $75M in order to address the gender-based violence pandemic. The problems, however, are far more culturally and systematically entrenched, requiring solutions which reach beyond just legislation and funding, a challenge all the more exposed during the Coronavirus pandemic.


The Conservative government’s attack on trans rights is evil

‘The ability of trans people to self-identify may legally be hanging in the balance, but no government can take from us the ability to speak up.’

Jenny Elizabeth Scoones writes about the profound impacts of the government’s plans to scrap reforms to the Gender Recognition Act.

Culture Fashion

Men’s jewellery: an edgy trend or here to stay?

Think 1536. A Tudor king poses in a gold-embroidered cloak and his finest jewels. Hans Holbein furiously paints countless rows of pearls onto what would become the most iconic portrait of Henry VIII. In the 21st century, however, it’s no longer ruby rings and feathered hats that shout hyper-masculinity, it’s heavy chains and gold mouth Read More…


Maybe It’s Maybelline… Or Maybe It’s War Paint For Men

“War Paint … makeup for men.” When the founder of War Paint went on Dragon’s Den in September 2019, he began his pitch by stating that he couldn’t find a brand that related to him “as a man”. From her padded executive’s chair, Deborah Meaden concurs, arguing that he’s done “a cracking job”, because “there’s Read More…