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Why I Am Against So-called Integrated Schools

Because black kids in these schools are in the minority, numerically and culturally, and thus the notion of integration is a lie. Because these so-called integrated schools teach black boys and girls to admire white, capitalist, hetero-patriarchal traditions and to become schizoid about black wisdom, languages, pride, beauty and all the life-giving values they may have learned at … Continue reading

Culture / Gender / Masculinity / Men / Tradition

New Article on South African Men

Here is a new article by Kopano Ratele on South African men and masculinities. “Currents against gender transformation of South African men: relocating marginality to the centre of research and theory of masculinities” is published in the new issue of the relaunched NORMA: International Journal for Masculinity Studies, Volume 9, Issue 1, 2014. The abstract of … Continue reading

Africa / Culture / Gender / Masculinity / Men / Sexuality / Tradition

“I Want To Live a Life of a Free Imagination”

Will we say, when Binyavanga Wainaina came out? It feels like a significant event. Or not. Will it pass into nothingness next week? Possibly. And perhaps tomorrow will be like yesterday. Even then, whatever the day after brings with it – yet another war in Mali, newly-coined billionaires in Angola, horrific rape in South Africa or the … Continue reading

Culture / Men / Tradition / Women

Only Women Who Lie Down to Show Respect and Shave their Armpits, Legs and Pubic Areas Need To Apply for Marriage

  Less than a week after exhorting South Africans to carry forward the legacy of Mandela and his belief and practice of gender equality, newspapers reported that President Zuma told of being impressed with how VhaVenda women show respect, saying were he not married to his four wives he would take a woman from the … Continue reading

Africa / African / Children / Culture / Tradition

Justice, Equality, Non-Sexism, Non-Racism, and Democracy Is What They Stood For – But Progressive Black Manhood Needn’t Mean Turning Into White Women in Drag

One of the ideals of the national freedom struggle in South Africa was to create a just, equal, non-sexist, non-racial, and democratic society. This is an ideal the Xhosa man of the abaThembu who became an international icon for progressive statesmanship and his fellow travelers stood for. We have not achieved that society yet. But … Continue reading

Africa / African / Culture / Tradition

Feelings and Thoughts of the Happiness of Seeming Opposites on Reconciliation Day, December 16 2013

Much has been said and written about the man. And much more will be in the days, weeks, months, and years to come. It’s exhausting. It’s energising. It’s depressing knowing how much a man and his comrades can do for you without you even recognising your debt for their sacrifice; how small, selfish, in your … Continue reading

Touch Me, Sister, Brother: Impressions of New African Men of Ethiopia, no. 2
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Touch Me, Sister, Brother: Impressions of New African Men of Ethiopia, no. 2

My last day in Addis Ababa. This trip was my third visit to the Ethiopian capital, as I noted in the previous post. It took me this long to notice something that I seem to have completely something about Ethiopian people during the two previous occasions I was here. I missed how much Ethiopians seem … Continue reading

Africa / African / Blacks / Culture / Tradition

“Some Africans Who Become Too Clever”

Here is the first draft of the piece that appeared under Mbuyiselo Botha and my name in the City Press of 11 November 2012. First, though, I should say that the piece is a response to these impromptu remarks by President Jacob Zuma in his address to the National House of Traditional Leaders on the Traditional … Continue reading

Mbuyiselo Botha: I May Be A Proud Feminist, But I Am No Sissy
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Mbuyiselo Botha: I May Be A Proud Feminist, But I Am No Sissy

Somebody who doesn’t have the new reservations I expressed in the previous blog post (Feminist men have more sexual fun) about males calling themselves feminist is the activist Mbuyiselo Botha. A friend and comrade, Mbuyiselo and I agree about many things in this project of trying to make salient the effects of men’s social power over … Continue reading