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‘In pursuit of academic progression and personal freedom, I defy society’:  My feminist perspective

‘In pursuit of academic progression and personal freedom, I defy society’: My feminist perspective

Tweet By: Dorcas Anima Donkoh* Growing in up in an institutionalised patriarchal culture in West Africa, precisely Ghana, it was a common sight to encounter women conforming to societal prescriptions. A ‘proper woman’ in our society connotes satisfying and adhering to historically evolved norms, or what I label the social commandments of subjugation and annihilation.… Continue Reading

Masculinity as Responsibility: Reconfiguring Manhood in a Patriarchal Society

Masculinity as Responsibility: Reconfiguring Manhood in a Patriarchal Society

Tweet By: Steve Arowolo*     For a long time, men were portrayed as perpetrators of violence against women and children and therefore seen as monsters (instead of) protectors and providers. As a society, we had lost hope that we have real men in our society who uphold the rights of women, children and people with… Continue Reading

South African reflections on #BlackPowerIsForBlackMen: Unpacking the silence of (Black) South African men on the war on queer bodies

South African reflections on #BlackPowerIsForBlackMen: Unpacking the silence of (Black) South African men on the war on queer bodies

Tweet By: Gcobani Qambela* and Thoko Sipungu**   … evil has a blockbuster audience, goodness lurks backstage. Evil has vivid speech, goodness bites its tongue” –  Toni Morrison. Writing for The Guardian, Mikki Kendall, writes that she started #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen out of a frustration in noting multiple ways in which the voices of women of color… Continue Reading

All struggles are connected: The intersections of the political

All struggles are connected: The intersections of the political

Tweet By: Camalita Naicker* During the Rape Crisis Teach-in held by the Rhodes University Politics Department in Grahamstown this July, South African historian and researcher Dr Catherine Burns, brought up a little known event that happened in Soweto in February 1990. Mary Mabaso had organised an anti-rape march to draw attention to the increase in… Continue Reading

Sexism and men’s oppression: a set up for violence

Sexism and men’s oppression: a set up for violence

Tweet By: Merrian Brooks* A friend of mine was physically and emotionally abused by her husband for years. He bruised and broke her and she remained in a relationship with him for 11 years. Despite emergency room visits, times of complete terror, and multiple apologies, and promises to change she stayed. Hold your judgment. What… Continue Reading

Queering African Studies?  A reflection on gender, sexuality, and religion

Queering African Studies? A reflection on gender, sexuality, and religion

Tweet By: Eden Almasude* Issues of queer politics frequently simmered under the surface during my time as a graduate student in African Studies: but the issues rarely became explicit and were never openly and critically discussed.  I quickly grew tired of implicitly negative and prejudiced comments about ‘homosexuals,’ who were inevitably assumed to be male… Continue Reading

A debate of the sexes in pursuit of making sense of patriarchy: culprits, victims and spectators

A debate of the sexes in pursuit of making sense of patriarchy: culprits, victims and spectators

Tweet By: Mathe Maema* and Oumar Ba** We, as Bokamoso contributors/editors, have decided to debate why as members of the opposite sex self-interest may make us see patriarchy differently. Part of the rules of the debate is for the sister to strive to make her argument short and sweet (for this sister can be verbose),… Continue Reading