Kameel Premhid considers the arguments for judging Thandile Sunduza’s fashion sense at the State of the Nation Address last week. Some of the more amusing arguments have included: (a) that she was being criticised for her choice of fashion against an objective standard – not that she was female; and (b) that being an MP means she is expected to set an example and her choice, which was an allegedly poor one, made criticising her fair game. Kameel finds these both wanting.
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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.
Sarah Haken takes on the IOL article that states “‘Cape women lousy at housework” based on a study.
Joy Niemack tackles sexist objectication in sports: “Roxy Pro has gotten people talking, but for all the wrong reasons. The ASP World Surfing tour posted their 1.47 minute promo video of one of their female surfers getting ready to take on the ways. And when I say ‘getting ready’ I really mean watching her wake up, get dressed and arriving at the beach. It includes all of 20 seconds of surfing.”
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.”
Lizl Morden gives a range of examples of how sexist the South African advertising world remains, and celebrates a few ads that are getting it right.
A letter to Parliamentarians asking them to do their jobs, and stop policing the activities of women in Parliament under the guise of respect. The piece is written in three languages, because using English limits the articulation of feminism in indigenous languages.