Category Archives: Gender

On the silence of our heroes about women – a complex relationship

On the silence of our heroes about women – a complex relationship

Tweet By: Nadia Ahmadou* The state of the post-colony continues to be the subject of many debates in contemporary African politics and philosophy. We talk incessantly – almost in circles, really – about the negative impact of colonisation and about how the essence of all things African was shaken, interrupted, ruptured and often completely erased… Continue Reading

The femocracy of the ANC Women’s League: limitations of a feminist revolutionary take over

The femocracy of the ANC Women’s League: limitations of a feminist revolutionary take over

Tweet By: Siphokazi Magadla* Angie Motshekga, the president of the Women’s League of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in South Africa, gave a game-changing response in November 2012 to questions regarding the failure of the women’s league to nominate a woman to be president of the ANC. The answer? –“we are not a feminist… Continue Reading

The Black male-male love and intimacy rebellion: challenging black male hyper-masculinity and remapping manhood

The Black male-male love and intimacy rebellion: challenging black male hyper-masculinity and remapping manhood

Tweet By: Gcobani Qambela* “I want people to really understand the power of love and loving” – Jean Houston on Super Soul Sunday. I followed with rather surprised interest the American story and apparent controversy surrounding the gay marriage of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity member, Nathanael Gay to his partner Robert Brown, another man.… Continue Reading

Resisting working ourselves to the bone: for black girls who’ve considered politics when being strong isn’t enough

Resisting working ourselves to the bone: for black girls who’ve considered politics when being strong isn’t enough

Tweet By: Siphokazi Magadla* In the past few weeks I have been raving to several friends on email, whatsapp, BBM, facebook and even at random dinner conversations about Melissa Harris-Perry’s book “Sister Citizen: shame, stereotypes, and black women in America/for colored girls who’ve considered politics when being strong isn’t enough” (2011). In this ambitious project Harris-Perry… Continue Reading

The Sexy Part of Crime: Nolubabalo Nobanda, African Women and the (Illegal) Drug Trade

The Sexy Part of Crime: Nolubabalo Nobanda, African Women and the (Illegal) Drug Trade

Tweet By: Gcobani Qambela* I recently watched the film “Savages” by director, Oliver Stone. The film, based on the novel by the same name by Don Winslow is centered around two young (white) male friends (Ben and Chon) who grow marijuana in Laguna Beach, California. They produce a particular potent strain of marijuana, which has… Continue Reading

Telling HERstory: Nomzamo Winfreda ‘Winnie’ Madikizela-Mandela and the politics of ‘celebration’

Tweet By: Gcobani Qambela*, Bose Maposa** and Nadia Ahmadou*** Writing on “Birthdays, Legacies, Love, Leadership: Letter to Nelson Mandela” Esther Armah in the Huffington Post takes us to Philadelphia in 1996 where Winnie Madikizela Mandela was the keynote speaker at the Million Woman March. Armah notes that some White American liberal women questioned the legitimacy… Continue Reading

Digging deeper beyond Marikana: the ‘hut tax’, patriarchy and South Africa’s ‘tectonic shift

Digging deeper beyond Marikana: the ‘hut tax’, patriarchy and South Africa’s ‘tectonic shift

Tweet By: Amkelwa Mapatwana Much has been written about the events of the 16th of August 2012 at the Marikana/Lonmin mines in South Africa in the past few weeks. Many commentators have noted how the event revived key brutal misuse of power by the apartheid government against the then disenfranchised black South Africans at key events… Continue Reading

Remembering #Lelona and uncovering the “Women’s month” facade with the cold hard truth

Remembering #Lelona and uncovering the “Women’s month” facade with the cold hard truth

Tweet by Gcobani* To many people she is no more than a forgotten Twitter hashtag topic (#Lelona), but to a few she was a daughter, colleague and friend. To others she’s a careless girl who dared hitchike on South Africa’s dangerous and deadly roads, and yet to a few she’s testimony to the struggles of… Continue Reading