I was on the stage, reminding myself to really enjoy this moment that I had wanted so much as a little girl. When my name was announced in the final top five, I felt the glimmer of hope, and I couldn’t help being disappointed when I didn’t win the crown. But I quickly remembered what an achievement it had been to have set my mind on something and to have followed it through to the end.
“Being in the pageant also encouraged me to raise awareness about what it is to be an intersex female. There is very limited understanding of the condition, even among my own friends, so I started the blog, Unravelling (sheactuallywritesblog.wordpress. com). My aim with Unravelling is to
“Being a person of substance has nothing to do with being straight, gay, lesbian, transgender or intersex. The most important issue for us human beings is what we do with our lives.”
dispel myths and to share facts. After all, being a person of substance has nothing to do with being straight, gay, lesbian, transgender or intersex. The most important issue for us human beings is what we do with our lives.
“Despite my initial reaction to my diagnosis, I don’t want to be any different to the way I am. Being an intersex female is challenging at times, but confidence comes with time. I’m inspired by other black women who are making strides in their fields, like Thuli Madonsela. Becoming self-aware and loving yourself is an ongoing process.”
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and no sense of other people’s vanity whatsoever. Even if your friend just went through a breakup and needs all the reboundattracting pics she can get, you’d still post a shot of her mid-yawn, with the caption, “I love my beautiful friend!!!” Your punishment is having large-scale portraits of your weird elbow skin posted online every hour on the hour.
for not having at least R20 on you, especially when you know it’s brunch o’clock. Your snivelling pleas of “Can I just EFT you?” and “They take cards, right?” have echoed in businesses everywhere, from scoop shops to Moroccan rug markets. Until the end of time, you’ll be forced to split R350 restaurant checks between eight dierent credit cards. And yes, they’re all travel cards. Burn, wench!
Joan of Arc
Fifth circle Women who play-slap your shoulder way too hard
Ugh, we get it, you’re a brassy gal who loves a good laugh. That doesn’t
There is no girls’ night you won’t skip, no baby shower you won’t ‘forget’ about and no wingman duty you won’t weasel your way out of. Everything you type into your phone auto corrects to “OMG totally forgot, so sorry to back out!!!” Prisoners of this sorry place are doomed to wait at a wine bar alone until the universe folds in upon itself.
“Taylor Swift once said, ‘Katie Couric once said, “Madeleine Albright once said, ‘There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.’”’”
give you license to ruin trivia night by dislocating the heck out of someone’s shoulder. This circle of hell is full of broads like you, who can’t accurately express their laughter without assaulting someone. You’ll spend eternity trying to push a boulder up a mountain while TVS everywhere play your least-favourite episode of Roseanne.
‘ Unsinkable’ Molly Brown and Gertrude Stein
Look, we all do adorable things so that guys will have sex with us. We sing beautiful songs, volunteer with the elderly and even bleach our buttholes. But it’s too low of a blow to start rhapsodising about your “huge lunch”. That stu is in the past. We are at a braai right now, and it is time to dine. No woman can compete for D with a girl who’s painfully nibbling the corner of a watermelon wedge. You’re doomed to be in a long line for plastic cutlery for all time. Notable residents Marie Antoinette and that girl Becca from camp