Top five reads for the morning. Sexual objectification, gay marriage, imagining equality, social media and transgender discourse. Enjoy!
Today in Parliament the Portfolio Committee on Women, Children and People with Disabilities will be receiving oral submissions regarding the Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality (WEGE) Bill. This is a Bill that aims at fulfilling Chapter 9 of the Constitution by giving life to equality for women. It is a Bill that many have been waiting for.
BUT, the Bill currently duplicates existing legislation without addressing implementation challenges, ignores marginalised groups such as sex workers and members of the LGBTI, narrowly defines substantive equality, gives too much power to the Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities, and focuses primarily on women who already have access to employment.
THIS IS NOT ENOUGH.
The last thing women in South Africa need is another rubber stamp piece of legislation that does nothing to change their lived realities. Read the press release and support their protest.
Jen Thorpe takes on FeministsSA’s second political party analysis and looks at Agang SA – one of the two new kids on the block in South Africa.
Watch the video to see why you should participate in the online #endpatriarchy conference
Masutane Modjadji considers the treatment of Khanyi Dlomo, and the need for a more equitable approach in funding new businesses.
Athambile Masola considers marriage “It’s impossible to write a book about the liberation of women without talking about marriage. And it’s impossible to identify as a feminist and not wonder about the institution of marriage. I realise that there are many feminists who have overcome this angst and decided on marriage in spite of the naysayers who simply denounce marriage as an example of why patriarchy still exists. It’s too easy to say that marriage is absolutely bad for women. When women are no longer property, moving from their fathers to their husbands, the terms and conditions of marriage must change because a woman is choosing to be with someone in spite of the social expectations.”
Amy Jephta discusses the need to identify and own feminism for women and men. “: feminism isn’t absolute. There are no rules. You don’t have to subscribe to the academics, believe in all the politics, follow the propaganda, burn your bra, or be angry all the time. You don’t have to hate men, rant every chance you get, or not like pink dresses and lipstick. You can shape feminism into what you need to it be; it’s flexible, you can adopt it and own it and make it yours. All you have to do is keep asking questions. To paraphrase the cliché: feminism is the radical notion that women are people. Believe that. Call yourself a feminist today.”
Sona Mahendra discusses some of the things that made her begin to self-identify as a feminist, and some of the challenges the movement still faces.
Chloe Hoffmann discusses the expulsion of a female grade twelve student. “Equality right? Equal and fair treatment for all – regardless of skin colour, religion, ethnic group…the list goes on and on. But it seems to be that sexual orientation, like many other not so glamourized issues, is often overlooked.”
Jen Thorpe asks: Are we to be critical of the ANC for a lack of women leaders? Does the high number of women leaders in the DA mean better things for women?