Blacks / Masculinity / Men / Race

‘Governor’ Maimane, his White ‘Sexual Object’, and Some Kind of New Hope for Young Masculinities

Forget about the politics, although that is reason we have come to know of him. Forget about the politics of race too, even though our society is the paradigm for the world on how race can be brutally politicised. And forget, for now the ‘white sexual object’, psychoanalytically speaking. Listening to ‘governor’ (or “ruler”, which … Continue reading

Blacks / Power / Race / Whites

A South African National Union of Black Academics

“Like Steve Biko said in 1968, I think we need a national union of black academics, particularly at white liberal universities.” Xolela Mangcu, Black academics must unite, City Press, 14 Oct 2014. I don’t know about the emphasis on white liberal universities. The struggle over universities is not only at liberal universities. It occurs at … Continue reading

African / Blacks / Boys / Gender / Health / Masculinity / Men

Black Males Feel Pain and Joy

Black males are natural born rapists. African men will murder you just like that. It is part of African culture to abuse children and women. We have to protect women and kids from these violent beasts. They need to be locked for life. Nothing less than the death penalty will do for these people. They don’t belong in society. We must … Continue reading

African / Blacks / Whites

We Are Not Black Africans

Black people should rebel against being forced to tick the so-called ‘Black African’ box the post-apartheid government and its agencies like Statistics South Africa use to identify them. We are not Black Africans. We are Africans. Period. Black African is an insult. There is an important distinction. I was reminded of this by Percy Mabandu’s City Press columns of September … Continue reading

The Great Wall of Vagina and the Black Penis Project
Blacks / Images / Masculinity / Men / Race / Sexuality / Women

The Great Wall of Vagina and the Black Penis Project

Last year at the Open Society’s Money, Sex, Power Forum held in May in Cape Town, I suggested to a well-known photographer a collaborative photo-documentary visual project on hundreds penises were we to get money to undertake such work. I was pleasantly surprised when, despite expressing a few reservations about what her established audiences would say about her … Continue reading

Blacks / Children / Race / Whites

How I Came To Be Interested in the Development of Racial Identification in Black and White Children

 At several points in my career I have been asked, and at other times have volunteered, how I came to be interested in the research subjects I write on. Before I say how I came upon these interests, first let me say what those interests are. My work has tended to revolve around mainly three areas: race, men, sexuality. I write about many … 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

South Africa Tolerates Violence Against Poor Black Young Men
Africa / African / Blacks / Government / Masculinity / Men / Power / Race / Violence

South Africa Tolerates Violence Against Poor Black Young Men

There’s no better time to make men aware that many of the behaviours the majority of them tend to associate with true manhood are more likely to lead them to an early death than the delivery room. Use the teachable moment when a man’s wife or girlfriend is giving birth and we might start to … Continue reading

Blacks / Boys / Children / Masculinity / Men / Race

Worrying About My Black Boy’s Future in America, by Allison R. Brown of America’s Wire Writers Group

My husband and I fuss and fret over our black boy. Like other parents, we worry about a lot. We want him to use his smarts for good. Do we coddle him too much? We want him to be tough and kind, but assertive and gentle, and not mean. His boundaries of independent exploration are … Continue reading