Nairobae(an excerpt from Equipoise)

Andy wavers  between the Citi hoppa and KBS bus; which one he should board? It is 10pm on a cold Thursday night and Kencom is relatively empty. Behind him, a homeless man laying out cardboard, settling in for the night. Andy considers giving him his jacket but changes his mind, thinking, everybody got problems. I don’t have a job and he’s homeless. The universe, man. … Continue reading Nairobae(an excerpt from Equipoise)

Season of Crimson Blossoms: A commentary.

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.

A review of Rachel’s Blue by Zakes Mda

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