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We’re excited to present an Inspiring + Chat by one of our coworking members: Shannon O’Rourke is an ethnographic researcher and qualitative research analyst living between Cape Town and Berlin.

Shannon will present her thesis project, which explores the lives of queer women in Cape Town and compares experiences of safety and visibility to the conception of Cape Town as a gay friendly city. It questions which queer bodies and identities are readily accepted, and which are contested and invisibilized.

Queer women challenge notions of what constitutes sex and representations of female sexuality as passive/for male consumption. The lack of attention around the unique needs of queer women in sexual health services reveals the heteronormativity of these spaces. Identities are fluid and human experience rarely fits neatly into a conception.

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We hope you’ll join us for this inspiring talk.

Space is limited. Email us at events@craftgraft.co.za to reserve your seat.

See you then!
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Presenter Bio:
Shannon O’Rourke is an ethnographic researcher and qualitative research analyst living between Cape Town and Berlin. She holds two masters degrees: one in Social Anthropology from UCT, and one in Visual and Media Anthropology from Freie Universitat (Berlin), where she recently completed her thesis project on sexual health and identity among queer women living in Cape Town. She works on HIV prevention projects for young women in South Africa and Kenya. Her research interests and experiences are focused on gender and sexuality, sexual health, and using
visual/creative methods to conduct and share social research.

Photo credit: Alexa Sedge / Naked Girls Reading Cape Town