Episode 7: Transactional Relationships & Decriminalisation Of Sex Work

Defining transactional relationships and the ways in which they can empower and disempower women and decriminilzation of sex work.

Kgomotso Matsunyane and her feminist co-hosts discuss transactional relationships in the context of blessers/sugar daddies, marriage & sex workers. They host Professor Azwihangwisi Helen Mavhandu-Mudzusi, who speaks about the impact of blessers on young women and queer people and expands on the idea of marriage as a transactional relationship. They equally explore the risks that come with undergraduate students in blesser/ blessee relationships and women’s agency in these kinds of relationships. The Elders corner hosts 2 guests with opposing views on the topic of criminalisation and decriminalisation of sex work.


  • Table Guest: Professor Azwihangwisi Helen Mavhandu-Mudzusi - Professor and Researcher.
  • Elders Corner Guest 1:  Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge - Former Deputy Minister of Health and Defence and founder of Embrace Dignity.
  • Elders Corner Guest 2: Constance Mathe - National Coordinator of the Asijiki Coalition for the Decriminalisation of Sex Workers
  • Allies Corner Guest: Professor Kopano Ratele, Clinical Psychologist

Language Term

Transactional relationships: Dikgolaganong tsa marato tseo di ungwelwang tšhelete.


  • Intimate justice touches on ideas of gender inequality, violence, bodily integrity, physical and mental health - Peggy Orenstein
  • African womxn in general need to need to know that it’s okay for them to be the way they are - to see the way they are as a strength, and to be liberated from fear and from silence - Wangari Maathai
  • No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her own body -  Margaret Sanger
  • Why is it immoral to be paid for an act that is perfectly legal if done for free? - Gloria Alred
  • It is not enough to have laws that protect young women… they need to have agency over themselves and their bodies and can claim those rights at any time, unapologetically. - Refilwe Madumo
  • No country can boast of being free unless its women are free. - OR Tambo

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