The framing of discussion and debates around the broad interrelationship of gender, sexuality and commodity culture has elicited a wide range of contributions from writers that offer fresh scholarly research and open up important new ground for feminist thinking and reflection. In this podcast, we chat with the guest editor of this journal, Mary Hames, as well as contributors, Ingrid Masondo; Tanja Bosch and Sakhumzi Mfecane.

As Lewis and Hames write in the introduction to the issue, the contradictory impulses of commodity culture have seemed in the 21st Century to on the one hand “usher in limitless opportunities for individual and collective transformation through the acquisition of ‘things’ of resources, technology and information”. On the other “it has both entrenched and exacerbated long-established power relations of race gender and sexuality”.

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