Sex Gender Becoming: Post-Apartheid Reflections
Edited by Karin van Marle
ISBN:  0-9585097-5-1
Pages: 203
Print version: Available
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About the publication

All the chapters in this volume in one way or another reflect on change and transformation and how these changes/ transformations affect our sexed and gendered lives. The continuance of binaries, and objectifications and the maintenance of patriarchy notwithstanding these changes are teased out in various themes by the different authors. The contributions expose also how new approaches to how we live sex and gender do not necessarily manage to break or even radically challenge the old.

From new technologies that can 'transform' gender, to new forms of pornography, freedom of sexual orientation, the creation of shopping malls, attempts to understand reproductive choices, restorative justice as response to sexual violence, women's testimonies, and women's mobility - all attempts are still hindered by conventional frameworks, structures and thought. A central call that emerges from all the contributions is one for more theory and more gender sensitive research and more listening to previously silenced voices.

Comments from the reviewers:

  • From the discussion of 'gentleman's pornography' to the consideration of women's travel needs in a development context, and Stephen Cohen's performance art, the contributions are firmly anchored in our own context and frame of reference.
    - Louise du Toit, University of Johannesburg
  • I would like in conclusion to remark that the standard and academic merit of the contributions to this book bodes well for gender research in South Africa in future.
    - Irma Kroeze, Unisa

About the editor:

Karin van Marle is Professor at the Department of Legal History, Comparitive Law and Jurisprudence, at the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria.

Table of Contents


  • Towards a Politics of Living
    Karin van Marle

I. Continuances: Binaries, objectifications and Capitalist Consumption

  • 1. Technology and Trans sexuality: Secret Alliances
    Amanda du Preez
  • 2. Exhibiting the Expulsion of Transgression
    Rory du Plessis
  • 3. The Aspirational Aesthetics of ‘Gentlemen’s Pornography’
    Stella Viljoen
  • 4. Shopping for Gender
    Jeanne van Eeden

II. Women’s lives: Agency, Stories and Testimony

  • 5. Agency Amidst Adversity: Poverty and Women’s Reproductive Lives
    Kammi la Naidoo
  • 6. Engendering Mobility: Towards Improved Gender Analysis in the Transport Sector
    Christo Venter, Mac Mashiri and Denise Buiten
  • 7. Domestic Violence in South Africa: A Restorative Justice Response
    Jean Triegaardt and Mike Batley
  • 8. Tini’s Testimony: The Significance of a Meticulously Recorded Case of Sexual Abuse on a Transvaal Mission Station 1888 – 1893
    Lize Kriel

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