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.
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.”
Athambile Masola discusses how uncomfortable she is with the negative stereotypes of women in the music industry. For her, sexism is not only about the big issues of rape and violence against women, but also about the every day experiences of sexism.
Today’s pic of the day looks at the regulation of women by dress.
Jen Thorpe argues that FNB’s advert promotes surveillance behaviour by men over their partners (wives/girlfriends). It suggests that this is one of the perks of banking with them.