This book excites me. One of the tenets of my feminism is women unlearning the shame associated with our sexuality: women enthusiastically initiating sex; women exploring their bodies, finding their erogenous zones; women openly talking about sex; women explicitly stating how they want to be pleasured. This is important if we’re to end rape culture. Because when sex is constantly framed as something that is done to women, rape is inevitably viewed as some version of sex. When women can unashamedly say yes to sex, then maybe society will understand that no doesn’t mean “convince me.” Continue reading Season of Crimson Blossoms: A commentary.
Title: Rachel’s Blue Author: Zakes Mda Genre: Fiction Publisher: NB publishers Limited Pages: 287 Year: 2013 “She wonders why this became her story and not Jason’s, why it was the victim’s story and not hers.” Rachel’s Blue is a story that explores what happens when a rapist seeks custody over a child conceived through rape. It opens with Jason, walking through a hippie town-square where … Continue reading A review of Rachel’s Blue by Zakes Mda