Class / Power / Status

Letter to a Post-Graduate Student

A few weeks ago a post-graduate student approached me wanting to discuss her project. It happens to be on African masculinity and work. It’s a subject of interest to me. Our discussion was interesting too. It was something else she broached, though, an apparently non-project related issue, that turned to be more troubling and exciting to my mind. … Continue reading

Government / Men / Violence

It Doesn’t Matter If We Are A Democracy Or Not, As Long As We Have Food, Housing, and No Violence

It’s been a while. I didn’t intend to be gone so long. I just stepped away to do, talk, listen to others, and make sense of a few things. What a few weeks it’s been. What a time we live in. What a country this is. One can never stop learning. I don’t know where to restart … Continue reading

Africa / African / Men

What do Middle Class African Men in Post-apartheid South Africa Want: Money, Fame, or Carrying the White Man’s Bags?

  What do middle class African men in post-apartheid South Africa want? This is not the same question that Frantz Fanon asked. But it is close. Fanon’s question was, “What does a man want? What does a black man want?” To carry the white man’s and mulatto’s bags. This is one of many answers Fanon gave. … Continue reading

Blacks / Boys / Children / Feminist / Girls / Masculinity / Men / Race

What Does a Man Need to Teach his Son to Prepare for Manhood in Tomorrow’s South Africa?

In a highly unequal society where sexual and gender violence is a daily experience and a high number of black men die in the prime of the lives, what does a man teach his son to prepare for manhood? Many more South African black men just fail, or get failed, dying on their feet. Adding to the … Continue reading

Wouldn’t it Make Girls’ Lives Happier and Richer if We Gave Boys an Education That Makes Them More Caring About Girls’ Aspirations
Blacks / Boys / Children / Feminist / Girls / Masculinity / Men / Race / Women

Wouldn’t it Make Girls’ Lives Happier and Richer if We Gave Boys an Education That Makes Them More Caring About Girls’ Aspirations

What’s up with all this attention and resources given to boys and masculinities, an associate and the head of a non-governmental organisation (NGO) said to me a few months ago after I informed her about a talk on boys I was preparing to give a few days afterwards?    The person who asked me this, … Continue reading