2 minute read
25 Nov 2019
6:30 am

Men need to end the lad culture

Men need to call out others when they become abusive.

Women protest outside the JSE in an attempt to have #sandtonshutdown, as part of country wide protest lead by women against gender based violence, 13 September 2019. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

So soon after SA was on such a collective national high with the Bok Rugby World Cup win, it hurts to see images of people holding up placards saying: “I am not proud to be a citizen of the R.S.A.” The protest placards refer to the “Republic of Sexual Abuse”, a concept by a local ad agency, Black River FC, to focus on the issue of gender-based violence and the role played by non-governmental organisations such as People Opposing Women Abuse. Seeing those images hurts so much because we know that it is true: that our alter ego nation is...