Thorne Godinho tackles the usefulness (or not) of moral outrage.
Dudumalingani Mqombothi examines the daily patterns of the harassment of women on South African trains and wonders how a person should feel about it.
Tammy Sutherns discusses the Delhi rape case. In our journey to create a more balanced world, a feminist world, we seem to be celebrating and empowering women but failing the men of our society. There is clearly a very large gap, a huge flaw in the masculine identity and how certain men are finding ways to feel like more of ‘a real man’, often in violent enactments.
On 29 August, the Cape SA Jewish Board of Deputies, Sonke Gender Justice, Catholic Methodist Mission and Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust are facilitating a Transformation Conversation open to the public to discuss the shared roles government, civil society, faith-based leaders and private citizens should play in order to eliminate this shameful scourge in our society.
In a matter of days Zwelinzima Vavi was accused of rape and had the charges against him dropped. Athambile Masola is not surprised by this spectacle. What makes her concerned is the question of a rape accusation being simply attributed as a ploy in politics. How can we take rape seriously in this country if women’s bodies are constantly being used as bait in a political game?
Jen Thorpe assesses the responses of rape survivors, and asks whether we have any right to have any expectations at all.
A South African magistrate in sentencing a rapist said that he would put him in prison where he could ‘rape if wanted to’ but could not be out in society. Benedicta Van Minnen investigates the effect of a statement like this in reinforcing ideas that it is fine to inflict violence on societal outsiders.
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.”
In a region of the DRC that has been described by Margot Wallstrom,the UN’s Special Representative on sexual violence in conflict,as both the ‘rape capital of the world’ and ‘the most dangerous place on earth to be a woman’, these stories are part of the crushing daily reality.
Jen Thorpe discusses Kenny Kunene’s disastrous examples of ignorance regarding rape, and argues that his comments regarding his statutory rape of students require investigation by the police.