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Monday, September 29th, 2014

T.O. Molefe on South Africa’s “War on Women”

The essayist T.O. Molefe (he is a contributor here too) has a new op-ed column up at nytimes.com. He writes about “South Africa’s War on Women.” The oped opens with a discussion of why South Africans appear so blase about gender violence. Molefe writes, “… crimes against black lesbians don’t register on the public’s radar amid the

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...

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...

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

AL JAZEERA / RAPE AS WEAPON IN DR CONGO

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Sunday, September 20th, 2009

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR VIRGINS ONLY

“… 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...

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

LESBIAN JUSTICE

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...

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

MALE RAPE

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...