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Are you actually fighting cancer?

I have seen some very interesting breast cancer “awareness” campaigns in my time on social networks.

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Sam Pepper: #TeamInternet's small victory and the massive battlefield it uncovered

I was elated when Sam Pepper’s “Fake hand ass pinch prank” video was rightfully removed by Youtube within two days of being uploaded. Instead of being a swift and feel-good victory for feminists, though, the incident has served as an ongoing and increasingly disturbing awakening to the sexual abuse entrenched in Youtube culture.

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Emma Watson and the explosion of cupcake feminism

Emma Watson’s address to the UN has been shared on my facebook feed by people I would never have equated with feminism.

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What we can learn from SAPS' online victim-blaming

Earlier this week, the South African Police Service (SAPS) tweeted a series of #StopRape “hints”, essentially instructing people on how not to get raped.

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Prohibiting Privacy: why online activism isn't everything

Online media provide us with amazing ways of spreading the message and impact of a protest far beyond its original time frame and geographic boundaries. In doing so, they can easily undermine the safe space vital to many protests against sexual violence. This dawned on me at the Silent Protest last week.
 
What is the Silent Protest?
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