A month after the BBC wondered if South Africans will ever be shocked by rape, the sadistic rape and murder of the 17 year old coloured working class woman, Anene Booysen, from Bredasdorp, a small town in the Western Cape, provoked nationwide outrage. As last week’s news reports (see here, here and here, for example) and social media traction indicate, […]
Charlayne Hunter-Gault, an African-American reporter based in South Africa, has penned a piece in this week’s New Yorker titled “Violated Hopes” (subscription required) that covers the contentious topic of sexual violence directed against black South African lesbians. Hunter-Gault frames the piece on the experiences of lesbian women in townships in Johannesburg and Cape Town, interviewing several women who have experienced sexual violence at the hands of men.
In case you missed it, the cop and lawyers show, “Law and Order,” opened its 13th season last week with a transparent plot based on the Dominique Strauss Kahn rape case. They didn’t even try hard: Roberto DiStasio, “ the odds-on favorite to be Italy’s next prime minister” and ”the head of the Global Economic Trust” is […]
No not the bad Hollywood movie version with its fake set ups, but real life: The life of a hotel maid [in New York City] is not an easy one, with naked men flaunting their wares, verbal abuse, lecherous suggestions and personal hygiene standards that would shame a chimp. But thanks to Dominique Strauss-Kahn, things […]
There’s been more reporting (see clip from Rachel Maddow’s show above) and commentary here in the US (though mainly from progressives in the media) about the connections between American Christian groups, mainly The Family, and the Ugandan government decision to initiate its Anti-Homosexuality Law that criminalizes gay sex.
The (British) Channel 4 news report (video above) on “corrective rape” of lesbians by men in South Africa (among the victims was the former captain of South Africa’s women’s football team, Eudy Simelane) has won the Stonewall Award, which “… celebrates those who have made a positive impact on the lives of lesbian and gay […]
“… Literacy rates in Sierra Leone are devastatingly low, just 29 per cent among women. One of the chief culprits, as the report indicates, is teenage pregnancy. About 12 per cent of girls have their first child by the time they’re 15, and, most never return to school. To encourage girls to stay in school […]
University of Cape Town law professor Pierre de Vos on his blog, Constitutionally Speaking: Zoliswa Nkonyana was raped and murdered by a group of young men on 4 February 2006 in Khayelitsha [on the outskirts of Cape Town] because she was a lesbian. Although another young woman witnessed the attack, it is alleged that the […]
Jeffrey Gettleman, the New York Times correspondent in East Africa (who seem to report about nothing else but violence, war and death) has a harrowing piece in today’s paper about increasing rape of men by men in eastern Congo. Quoting Oxfam, Human Rights Watch, United Nations officials and several Congolese aid organizations, as well as […]