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Friday, February 15th, 2013

How to deal with sexual violence in South Africa

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,

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

The New Yorker covers violence against lesbians in South Africa

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....

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

“Law and Order: SVU” does DSK

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...

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Maids in Manhattan

No not the bad Hollywood movie version with its fake set ups, but real life: The life of a hotel maid is not an easy one, with naked men flaunting their wares, verbal...

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

THE CULTURE WARS

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...

Friday, November 6th, 2009

VIDEO / THE ‘CORRECTIVE RAPE’ OF LESBIANS

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...

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