Top 5 reads for this afternoon – Gareth Cliff and sexism, adverts and sexism, sex with wives, and female leadership. Check them out.
Feminist swear words, political gender battles, sex for favours, men that rape, ANC Women’s League, global development, the internet and sex rights, women in leadership, and catcalling – All you need to read this morning in ten easy posts.
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.
Watch the video to see why you should participate in the online #endpatriarchy conference
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.
Kameel Premhid argues that the denigration of Lindiwe Mazibuko is a sick illustration of how those at the very top are chauvinistic, misogynists. The women too!
An anonymous letter was sent to FeministsSA criticising John Jeffery for the offensive comments he made in the Parliamentary Budget vote on 11 June.
Tanya Pretorius assesses the award-winning Silver Linings Playbook in relation to the Bechdel test and finds it wanting.
Benedicta Van Minnen argues that whilst Thatcher may have made some mistakes, the type of criticism that was leveled at her and other female politicians speaks to deep seated sexism.
Stefan Frederick debates the inclusion of men in the women’s movement and argues that there must be a place for men.
The media play a vital role in determining social perceptions of
women. They don’t only ‘represent’ reality – they help to construct
and define it. The South African media is saturated with images that
deride women, that market women as objects for sexual consumption.
Magnum ice-creams, Maverick’s cologne, Nandos chicken burgers – these
are among the products that local advertisers have sought to sell by
mimicking sexist stereotypes. Add to this list – security gates. Read the complaint from a number of concerned parties regarding Xpanda’s latest set of advertisements.
As of this month (April 2013) we will be doing a monthly survey of women’s magazines across SA. You will have the opportunity to rate your magazine and each month we will give a shout out to the best and worst.
Gabriella Razzano argues that articles encouraging women to have sex, are very rarely aimed at women’s sexual pleasure, and this is a huge problem.