African / Boys / Gender / Masculinity / Men

African Boys, Men and Masculinities Reimagined – Programme

  Two weeks ago we posted an announcement for the Symposium on African Boys, Men and Masculinities to be held at the University of Western Cape (UWC) on May 4, 2016. Here is the draft Programme Since the announcement a new speaker, Monique Huysamen, had been added to the programme. A doctoral candidate at UCT, Ms Huysamen … Continue reading

Femininity / Gender / Masculinity

Prince’s Many Non-conforminng, Wonderful, and Weird Masculinities

The Prince is dead. Prince is free. Long be the love for his weird, nonconforming, wonderful, multiple masculinities. That’s one major lesson he left behind. According to Steven Thrasher in this piece in the Guardian, Prince was a paradox in that he expanded the concept of what it meant to be a man while also deconstructing the entire idea of gender. … Continue reading

Boys / Masculinity / Symposium

African Boys, Men and Masculinities Reimagined – A One-Day Symposium

A one-day symposium on how to think, study, approach, represent, and engage the complex lived experiences of African boys, men and masculinities will be held at the University of Western Cape (UWC) on May 4, 2016. The organisers are the psychologist Kopano Ratele of the University of South Africa and the South African Medical Research Council, and … Continue reading

Masculinity / Men

The Negative Effects of Being a So-called ‘Real Man’, by Mbuyiselo Botha

“AS MEN, the majority of us are trapped in a patriarchal prison. The majority of us are misguidedly convinced that this obnoxious and preposterous system is somehow inspired by God. Patriarchy manifests itself through our families, churches, schools, workplaces and our televisions telling us that men ‘do not show emotions other than anger and aggression’, … Continue reading

Africa / Gender / Girls / Sexuality

Malawian Woman Changes Sexually Repressive Customs

This story is worth sharing. The story was first reported last year in a number of African and international news outlets. It is still hope-restoring. It’s the story of Theresa Kachindamoto of Monkey Bay in Dedza District, Malawi. She is a custom-busting chief. She is a new hero of mine, and chiefs tend to make me nervous, although I have some kind of blood … Continue reading

Africa / Masculinity / Men

Examining Masculinities in Africa and Beyond, by Christophe Broqua and Anne Doquet

“In 1977, there was an issue of the African studies journal Cahiers d’Études africaines devoted to women (Vidal 1977c). In the foreword, Claudine Vidal told of the obstacles that it had been necessary to overcome in order to complete this project, which was new in two ways, because it involved asking women to write about … Continue reading