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It’s obscene to force a person to choose between life and love

Today the BBC reported that Steven Monjeza has “moved in with a woman”. Why is this news? Monjeza is one of the two Malawi men who was jailed for six months, then sentenced to fourteen years hard labour, and, after  [Read More]

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The highest profile victim so far

The BBC delivers a typically-restrained and well-edited story on the The Chosen Few lesbian football team out of South Africa. It’s only 2 minutes, 11 seconds and does a good job of presenting a snapshot of the dangers (violence, rape,  [Read More]

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Good news for a change

With less than two weeks until the beginning of the World Cup, Africa is everywhere. Inspiring soccer stories share space with reports on the continuing challenges in addressing HIV and AIDS, “corrective” rape, and brutal attacks on the bodies and  [Read More]

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“…until independent experts agree that the treatment has been effective.”

I live on the Internet. I work there, I read there, and I write there. But sometimes, when a topic confounds, I just gotta close my eyes and turn to another medium. God bless radio. Radio insists on brevity. And  [Read More]

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ESPN to air segment on ‘corrective’ rape, tonight at 7pm EST

Though I’ve not shied away from the topic of violence in these pages, I have found it extremely challenging to write about the violence against lesbians in South Africa, particularly the practice of so-called “corrective” rape. Doubling my apprehension is  [Read More]

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Personal best: the politics of sex and sport

Personal best: the politics of sex and sport

As promised, a reconsidered response to the recent OFSAA ruling allowing Ontario girls to play on boys’ teams. In my first post on the topic I offered a typically (for me) lefty case for inclusivity and that was that, or  [Read More]

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Update on Iranian girls football team – and it’s great news!

Hot off the interwebs: “FIFA lifts ban on Iran girls’ football team“, according to the Tehran Times (Ed. note: This page has since moved.) Though there’s not a lot of information out there yet, it would appear that the Iranian football  [Read More]

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Ontario athletics body does the right thing, reluctantly

Earlier this week the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) changed its gender equity policy, allowing girls to play on boys’ teams. The decision follows a Human Rights challenge by 17-year-old soccer player (and fellow defender) Courtney Greer. Regular  [Read More]

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Let them play!

Let them play!

There are only 60 days (and 01 hours, 53 minutes and 18 seconds at the time of this writing, according to the CBC FIFA countdown clock) to World Cup 2010, and all media are displaying the early symptoms of football  [Read More]

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Vote with your feet

When I began blogging about soccer activism I had a sense of my own story and soccer’s place in it, and I knew about the big projects: Right to Play, Girls in the Game, and so forth. Then I began  [Read More]

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