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Title:Keeping our heads but losing our hearts: some current sexualities and gender debates in South Africa
Author:Bennett, JaneISNI
Year:2009
Periodical:East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights
Volume:15
Issue:1
Pages:110-127
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:sexuality
gender discrimination
gender inequality
human rights
homosexuality
discrimination
Abstract:The sexuality debate within South Africa currently cuts across several different political issues. This article first sketches a brief history of sexualities and gender within a South African context. Second, it links the concept of citizenship to debates on sexualities. Next, it presents two case studies which illuminate current debates on sexualities and gender for South Africans. The first case study is the Jacob Zuma rape trial, while the second is an analysis of the Civil Unions Act of 2006, which permits same sex marriage. These case studies suggest that, far from being the 'progressive' African State (as is often believed because of the Constitution's position on gender, sex and sexual orientation), South Africans are deeply involved in aggressive, and sometimes archconservative contestation about what can be considered 'normal' in terms of masculinity, femininity, and sexual culture. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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