Blacks / Masculinity / Men / Uncategorized / Violence / Women

Men Can, Do and Will

Last weekend, August 24, a National Men’s Rally was held at Johannesburg Stadium, Gauteng. Some reports say thousands of men and women attended event organised by Brothers for Life to agitate for gender equality and against men’s violence. Others indicate that Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, who graced the event, addressed a fairly empty stadium. No matter. In the struggle to help all of us to eradicate violence against … Continue reading

Boys / Inequality / Masculinity / Men / Violence

In a Country Where Women are Free to Dress as They Please, Why is There Violence?

Here is an article on violence, or something, in the favelas of Brazil. It’s a well-written article, a sort of cultural psychology of slum life of Brazil. But is it about violence, or it is about some other thing, which, however, is easier to talk of as violence but is actually difficult to articulate? I say the article is on violence because … Continue reading

Where are We in Understanding Men’s Relationship to Violence? Launch of Agenda’s Special Issue on Men and Violence
Feminist / Gender / Masculinity / Men / Violence

Where are We in Understanding Men’s Relationship to Violence? Launch of Agenda’s Special Issue on Men and Violence

Agenda & the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research will host the launch of Agenda Journal Special Issue on Men & Violence. The Special Issue is edited by Lisa Vetten and Kopano Ratele. The editorial by Lou Haysom, Agenda’s managing editor, can be found here.  Limited access to the guest editors’ introductory piece can be found … Continue reading

African / Boys / Children / Gender / Girls / Men / Women

Man, Show Your Daughter that Women Don’t Need Men to Move their Furniture

How does an African man prove to his daughter that women don’t need men to move their furniture? Actually, I don’t know. Do you? The blogger at Hope Avenue doesn’t say anything about African men. But it has something new African men can think of when thinking about their daughters, and may even sons. They can learn that … Continue reading

Gender / Images / Masculinity / Men

I Feel Masculine Because I Study Philosophy, Not Literature

When do you most feel masculine? What does masculinity mean to you? Does it mean working with your hands? Under the ground, digging for minerals, or in the boardroom making decisions? Or do you feel more manly when you are out on rig in the middle of the dangerous ocean? Fishing? Looking after your cattle? Driving an … Continue reading

Africa / African / Blacks / Boys / Health / Masculinity / Men / Women

“Let Women Lead Initiation Debate” by Mthetho Tshemese

Ulwaluko, the ritual of amaXhosa through which boys are made into men, has come under considerable scrutiny in the last number of years. Each year around June and December scores of boys and men die or get injured during initiation. The traditional leaders as well as politicians who may be in a position to act … Continue reading