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Title:May real men cry in court? Masculinity, equality and the South African Constitutional Court
Author:Pieterse, MariusISNI
Year:2014
Periodical:Journal of Southern African Studies (ISSN 1465-3893)
Volume:40
Issue:2
Pages:361-379
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:constitutional courts
judgments
masculinity
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/03057070.2014.901641
Abstract:This article takes issue with depictions of masculinity and male gender identity in the South African Constitutional Court's judgements on gender equality and sexuality. It argues that, while the Court rightly acknowledges that male gender identity is problematic and that societal norms and expectations relating to masculinity are core causes of the subordination of women, many of its judgements uphold and reinforce outdated, essentialist, hetero-normative and restrictive conceptions of masculinity. These notions appear to leave little room for men to transcend conventional gender stereotypes, to form and adapt their identities freely and to participate in the transformation of gendered norms. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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