Reflecting Rogue: Inside the Mind of a Feminist by Pumla Dineo Gqola

36027344– I write because it is the only way to fully be me. –

– The very act of rape is only conceivable as “artistic” when it is doubly mythologised: in the insistence that it be read exclusively as metaphor and in its distancing of the rapist into non-human form. –

– Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela [:] “[w]hat kind of uhuru is it if the exercise of the right to stand up means that we are exposing ourselves to potential abuse?” –

– To be a literary woman is to wade through the supposedly well-meaning cautionary words – be careful, do not dream too ambitiously, there are not enough readers, there isn’t enough time, the work is thankless – words laced with less well-intentional doubt and sometimes sabotage. –

– To be an African feminist writing, rioting woman on the continent is to be engaged in constant self-defence against erasure of an African feminist tradition, to begin anew, to be invited to refer to first / second / third waves which obscure and deny the long presences of African feminist movements and imagination. –

– She cautioned against praising [her husband] for being a good father for doing what is taken for granted when mothers do it. She was not questioning how good a father he was. She was reminding all of us that we normalise good, full-time parenting by treating it as normal. –

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