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Thick Thighs Save Lives


Michelle May “I realised how strong my thighs are and a hashtag I like to use is thick thighs save lives”, Ashley Graham, body positivity advocate and a voluptuous model speaks on self-video about her difficulties with accepting her body and loving it. Over the past few years, we have …

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men are trash

Chanel Retief and Jessica Bokete Trigger warning: content on sexual assault and violence. 22-year-old Karabo Mokoena’s burnt body was found two weeks ago in Lyndhurst. After going missing on the 28 April 2017, her parents appealed to the public to ensure the safe return of the young woman. According to …

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A Letter to Victims/Survivors


Jordan King Trigger Warning: Rape and sexual assault content Dear Victim/Survivor I am no longer a student at the University Currently Known as Rhodes (UCKAR), but I was in 2016, and around this time last year, RUReferenceList protests started. After I’ve recently sifted through the jagged information on the UCKAR …

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Is there an “anti-makeup” culture at Rhodes?


Chloe Osmond “Isn’t she beautiful?” I ask aloud to my friends one day, referring to a female student with beautifully contoured cheekbones, expertly winged liner and shimmering, golden eyelids. “She’s wearing so much makeup”, comes the response. It’s clear they regard this as a negative thing. They don’t see the …

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The politics of Hair


Compiled by Jordan King Written by Carla Botha Photographs by Mia McCarthy Research by Carla Botha, Mia McCarthy, Yolanda Mdzeke, and Tarisai Madzorera Dear strangers, gawking and staring will not make my hair grow back. Dear mister who once called me an “It” in Pick ‘n Pay, I would just like …

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