Gender

Jeff Hearn Explains Understandings of Gender and Implications for Research

In this short video from GenPort, Jeff Hearn, gives a short introduction on the concept of gender. Hearn is a globally leading thinker on men and masculinities. He has been a regular visitor to South Africa since 1997, and worked with South African-based gender and masculinity researchers such David Blackbeard, Rachel Jewkes, Graham Lindegger, Robert Morrell, Kopano Ratele, and Tammy Shefer. An … Continue reading

Boys / Gender / Girls / Inequality

South African researchers release a study on how South African families think about gender (in)equality at home

Here is a journal article on how South African parents and children talk about and do gender and gender equality at home. The researchers visited families to hear how parents and children talk with each about equality, masculinity and femininities. Parents were asked questions such as ‘Do you think there should be a difference in … Continue reading

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

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