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

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

Boys / Education / Girls / Sexuality

6 Things African Boys (and Grown Men) Need to Embrace About Masturbation (As Told By Cheyenne, A Girl from Outside LA)

Here are 6 things African boys (and, I bet grown men too) need to, eh, embrace about masturbation. The lesson is presented by Cheyenne, a feminist girl from outside Los Angeles with Mexican, Cuban and White US heritage. It’s time I share this. Why? It’s educational and entertaining, that’s first reason. I like it, as I do other videos they do at … Continue reading

Boys / Children / Girls

Throw Like A Girl. Or What Tampons Have To Do With Masculinity

You may have seen this. It’s actually an ad. By Lauren Greenfield. It’s for what’s sometimes referred to feminine or female health. That is to say, tampons and pads. What do tampons and pads have to do with masculinity, you want to know. If it has to do with gender, because reproductive and sexual health have to do … Continue reading

African / Blacks / Boys / Girls / Men

South African President Zuma Promises Free WiFi in Informal Settlements and a Focus on African Boys in His State of the Nation Address

On Tuesday night, June 17, President Jacob Zuma gave the State of the Nation Address. If I’m correct this was Zuma’s sixth State of the Nation Address in total and first of his second term as Head of State. But you wouldn’t say. South Africans have become used to headman Zuma and his uninspiring, compromised, leadership. He is cunning, Zuma. That’s why he … Continue reading

Blacks / Boys / Children / Culture / Girls / Race / Tradition / Whites

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

Children / Girls / Men

So that the World Can Be a Little More Kinder and a Little Less Prejudiced, Do Your Part

All of it – holding him in my arms, changing his nappies, rocking him to sleep, feeling bad with him when he is feeling bad, and feeding him; feeling scared when he has a high fever, taking him to the clinic for shots, bathing him, and potty training him; wiping his bum, playing with him, listening to him learn words, and all the other little things one does and experience when raising a child – opens my eyes and heart and mind and soul. Continue reading