After the Notre Dame fire, many straight-shooters among us turned to social media to offer a history lesson on all the unsavoury things France has done to Africa and remind us why it is not our place to catch feelings. Instead of being salty and criticising the West for stepping up to handle something they consider an emergency, should our reaction not be to reflect on ourselves as a society and what our priorities are? asks Lineo Segoete
The formal psychological term for daddy issues is “father complex” and it describes the neuroses that can develop if men and women have unhealthy relationships with their fathers. Yet, despite the paranoia and mistrust that can be generated by pathetic fathers, present or absent, it is human to still long for love.
If you are visiting our continent, please do behave like a guest…
Despite the work being done to raise awareness in society about sex workers as people worthy of respect, they are often still treated as lepers. Why is it that we only seem capable of an empathetic response once older women enter the ‘world’s oldest profession’? asks Lineo Segoete
Whether we are being told that we are too fat or too thin, women are expected to want to change their bodies to meet society’s standards of beauty. But as Lineo Segoete writes, body-positivity is one way of taking a stand against discrimination, objectification, fetishisation and other attempts at patriarchal control.
Of all the ethnic stereotypes of Black male sexuality that exist, the one about black men (read African) being the most generously endowed and therefore the best lovers is among the most prevalent and persistent. Lineo Segoete considers the implications.
Women deserve 360 degrees of recognition all year long. As honourable as Women’s Month is, women never get a day off from womaning, therefore universal acknowledgement is due to them all the time, without pause.
It’s the same old story on repeat. A Western visitor or celebrity comes to the continent and writes about their adventures in ‘deepest, darkest Africa.’ Well, Lineo Segeote is tired of it. It’s time the world pays to hear our stories, she says.
If a woman who is generally conscious of her health and has no underlying medical issues decides to have a child in her thirties, she should be just fine. It is unfair that throughout their lives, women are guilted or manipulated into major life decisions. The clock runs out when we reach menopause, not at 30 or 35