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

Children / Feminist / Masculinity / Men

Educating Men and Women on Creative Freedom

African countries, says Kopano Ratele, are weighed down by scores of problems. The oppression of women and girls is only one of these problems. However, the profeminist scholar cautions that masculine domination is not merely one among many problems, and not a problem for female and feminine subjects only. Instead, the subordination of women and girls, especially … 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

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

Where are We in Understanding Men’s Relationship to Violence? Launch of Agenda’s Special Issue on Men and Violence
Feminist / Gender / Masculinity / Men / Violence

Where are We in Understanding Men’s Relationship to Violence? Launch of Agenda’s Special Issue on Men and Violence

Agenda & the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research will host the launch of Agenda Journal Special Issue on Men & Violence. The Special Issue is edited by Lisa Vetten and Kopano Ratele. The editorial by Lou Haysom, Agenda’s managing editor, can be found here.  Limited access to the guest editors’ introductory piece can be found … Continue reading

Extract From a Conversation between Gabi Ngcobo and Kopano Ratele
Africa / African / Blacks / Masculinity / Men

Extract From a Conversation between Gabi Ngcobo and Kopano Ratele

Introduction This is an extract from an old interview between Gabi Ncgobo and Kopano Ratele. While somewhat dated now, I find it to be fresh still. And since most readers of the blog will not know of it, it will be of may be of interest. Introduction of the interview by Gabi Ncgobo: Thando Mama, … Continue reading