• Taking our Vulnerability to Heart
    Philosophy Now 140 26-26. 2020.
  • As engaged researchers involved in a critical health intervention programme aimed at addressing a number of menstruation-related challenges, we find ourselves being called on to work as activists. Our ability to work alongside community members as activists ensures the success of our public health intervention. However, the fluidity in our understanding of our roles and responsibilities often leaves us in an ethical grey zone relating to consent, anonymity, and confidentiality because of our dua…Read more
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    Ambivalence: A Philosophical Exploration (review)
    Philosophical Papers 48 (2): 325-333. 2019.
    Volume 48, Issue 2, July 2019, Page 325-333.
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    Conceptually situating the harm of rape: An analysis of objectification
    South African Journal of Philosophy 30 (2): 168-183. 2011.
    In this paper, I aim to show that part of the harm of male on female rape in patriarchal societies is explained by seeing rape as making good on the threat of sexual objectification. I argue that what takes place in an encounter of sexual objectification can be thought of as establishing an implicit threat which permeates the lived experience of being a woman under patriarchy because of the prevalence, meaning and place of sexual objectification in hegemonic patriarchal ideology. The act of rape…Read more
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    Challenging the dominant ideological paradigm: Can community engagement contribute to the central epistemic aims of philosophy?
    with Sharli Anne Paphitis
    South African Journal of Philosophy 34 (4): 419-432. 2015.
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    Philosophical Papers, Volume 41, Issue 1, Page 167-175, March 2012
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    This article explores the various challenges that survivors of rape and sexual violence face when attempting to construct a narrative of their experience under political and epistemic conditions that are not supportive: including the absence of adequate language with which to understand, articulate, and explain their experiences; narrative disruptions at the personal, interpersonal, and social levels; hermeneutical injustice; and canonical narratives that typically further the harms experienced …Read more
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    We aim to interrogate when the use of images in moral persuasion is legitimate. First, we put forward a number of accounts which purport to show that we can use tools other than logical argumentation to convince others, that such tools evoke affective responses and that these responses have authority in the moral domain. Second, we turn to Sarah McGrath’s account, which focuses on the use of imagery as a means to morally persuade. McGrath discusses 4 objections to the use of imagery, and outline…Read more
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    A Narrative Model of Recovery
    South African Journal of Philosophy 31 (2): 290-300. 2012.
    In this paper I defend the suggestion that narratively understanding her experience of rape can help a survivor in her recovery from the harm that she has suffered. Susan Brison defends a similar suggestion, but, I argue, does not get all of the possible mileage out of narrative understanding because she does not explore what she takes to be the necessary features of a successful narrative itself. I hope to supplement her, primarily relational, account with a richer understanding of narratives t…Read more