articles by Joshua Muyiwa

Lifestyle

The Queer Take: When a community's lives are bigger than the law, celebrating legal 'victories' can feel like settling for 'enough'

If the Law must arbitrate on Life, then it must be bigger than it, or roomy enough to make space for it.

India

How COVID-19 is changing queer spaces: Opening doors to some, while shutting out the more vulnerable

Increased attendance and the occurrence of conversations in multiple languages have been positive developments in the queer world. However, it has been observed that though spaces have shifted online, they continue to remain trans-exclusionary.

Lifestyle

The Queer Take: Contemplating 'allyship', 'safe spaces' and my refusal of new-found properties in LGBTQ+ discourse

As I write this column just after Pride Month and I realise I haven’t always been this grumpy gay that doesn't want to join the parties and parades. So what changed?

Entertainment

Growing up mixed-race, queer and femme, how Saroj Khan provided me the keys to the vehicle of my body

In hindsight, I was always meant to fall in love with Saroj Khan. So here’s our convoluted love story: are you ready?

Arts & Culture

PIX’s Personal Paradigms demonstrates how actions taken in private domain can change public spheres, start important conversations

In putting together these bodies of photographic work in this issue of PIX’s Personal Paradigms, the editorial team does allow for the reading that everything isn’t as it is: that the simple act of recovering deeply-buried family albums can topple truths.

India

India's handloom, handicraft sectors have resilience to combat COVID-19 crisis setbacks. But they need calculated support

The handloom and handicrafts sectors will be drawing on their rich-but-checkered past, which previously saw them through prejudices and shortsighted policies, to work their way through the crisis posed by the coronavirus outbreak and lockdown as well.

Entertainment

Schitt's Creek to Made in Heaven, why wave of LGBTQ+ content has met with complicated reception from queer folk

In speaking to queer people from across generations, it seems there is a complicated reception to this new tsunami of LGBTQ+ content.

Lifestyle

The Queer Take: Price of admission into bois locker room-like spaces is ability, willingness to dehumanise the other

The common defense of this straight male culture has been that it is a “safe space” for men to be themselves, to say the politically incorrect thing, to let it all hang out. It is their safety valve. In reality, if one reads through the messages on similar forums like the recent ‘bois locker room’ one could go as far as to say: these aren’t safe spaces at all.

Lifestyle

Social distancing, self-isolation aren't just coronavirus-related terms, they've long marked everyday lives of queer, marginalised

'I know what you are thinking: Yet again, the — queer, femme, Black person — speaks of dirty things like desire at a time of disease and death. Well, it is difficult only for those who have made a division between the three.' | Joshua Muyiwa writes in #QueerTake

Life

Responding to the coronavirus outbreak while being queer, femme, and a body that doesn't conform

There’s been a lot of policing of bodies in this time of the coronavirus pandemic and LGBTQ+ influencers on social media have been especially calling out the community for not adhering to shutdowns ordered by public health ministries. Their logic: we should know better having been schooled and brought up in the post-AIDS/HIV times.

Life

The Queer Take: In embracing the new, inclusive language project, what has been gained and what has been lost?

In domains like gender and sexuality, we have managed to demand more words and vocabulary and descriptions that allow more of us to name our selves, our desires, our milestones. This evolving language was allowing more of us to walk into more rooms, but also I could see those rooms still had the same rules, the same problems, writes Joshua Muyiwa in #QueerTake

Lifestyle

The Queer Take: Divorced from death and disease, re-imagining desire without shame, and celebrating it

As a noun and a verb with the profilferation of pornography in our lives, sex doesn’t sit well on the scale, it isn’t so simple. We might have to extract the shame from the sensual, the sexual to truly be able to celebrate it.

Lifestyle

The Queer Take: When 'passing' is the accepted mode, at stake is a hard-earned, hard-fought culture, aesthetic

While a part of me has always understood that queer people come in all shapes, sizes and star status, most of me has always imagined that we were super special and anyone with any sense could tell | Joshua Muyiwa writes in this week's #QueerTake

Life

The Queer Take: Looking anew at the Pride March, and its shifting spirit over the years

I’m not diminishing the importance of the Pride Parade; I’m interested in the way it has changed in its text, tenor and tone | Joshua Muyiwa writes in this week's #QueerTake

Life

The Queer Take: Moving past the LGBTQ community's entrenched ageism requires that we first confront it 

In this week's 'The Queer Take', Joshua Muyiwa writes: Seeing older gay, bisexual and men fade away into invisiblity makes me hyper aware that there is something to the invincibility I felt in my younger days

Life

The Queer Take: In making themselves devoid of the sexual, safe spaces are inherently limited

Those in the queer community most likely to pass off as straight are less preoccupied with safety than those like me who don’t pass easily, or at all. Safety is an issue for those of us with physical presentations that cause pause, that demand a retake, that bleed from the cutting questions | Joshua Muyiwa writes in 'The Queer Take'

Life

The Queer Take: Dating apps promised a world of possibilities, but may have caged us further instead

Dating apps are the new impasse in the possibilities for conversations, coming together, and coming.

Life

The Queer Take: Questions straight folks ask LGBTQ people — and what it says of power dynamic

Over these many years, as a queer femme person living in this world, I’ve come to understand that the privacy granted to me by the general public is starkly different from the kind granted to other so-called 'normal' people.

Life

The Queer Take: What LGBTQ coming out stories and superhero origin comics have in common

Superhero origin stories are engineered, made up to create narrative consonance, to act as a step to the next rung in the series. They are constructed, contrived and concocted. Coming out stories from the LGBTQ+ community have a similar style.