In conversation with @antonyaltbeker on Recovering Democracy in SA at Troyeville 18 March

Launch of Recovering Democracy in South Africa at Troyeville Hotel 18 March 2015
Raymond Suttner will be in conversation with Antony Altbeker. Supper served from 6.30 pm.

Confirmed launches :Recovering democracy in SA

Updated information on confirmed launches of Recovering Democracy in South Africa (Jacana publishers) confirmed thus far: Continue reading

Recovering democracy in SA to appear February

My book: Recovering democracy in South Africa will be published by Jacana Media in February. Continue reading

Raymond Suttner: Parliamentary paralysis: worse is not better (Polity)

Raymond Suttner: Women’s ministry: obstacle in struggle against patriarchy? (Polity video)

Raymond Suttner: 16 days of no violence against women and children. Women’s ministry colludes with patriarchy

Raymond Suttner: Patriarchy is part of our heritage, but not to be celebrated (Polity)

Raymond Suttner, Nelson Mandela’s masculinities

Raymond Suttner Video interview with Polity on ‘Is there a crisis and what can we do about it?’

Unprecedented use of state security and ANC monitoring to prevent booing at launch of election manifesto

State security is being deployed through the intelligence services in particular, in order to ensure that the president is not booed Continue reading

Melanie Judge, Mandela’s lessons of reconciliation applied to gender divides

Raymond Suttner, Response to comments on my article in the Mail and Guardian of 27 September 2013

I recently published an article analysing the degeneration of the ANC led tripartite alliance. Continue reading

Nomboniso Gasa, The sting is in Vavi’s choice of words

Gcobani Qambela, Why Trevor Noah’s tweets about Caster Semenya matters

I do not know what Caster Semenya’s sexual orientation is. What I do know is that she is constitutionally entitled to decide how she wants to be, in terms of her sexual identity and her choice of sexual practices so long as this does not violate the rights of others.  We are speaking of a young woman who has had traumatic experiences because her sexuality was questioned in the course of her athletic career.  A comedian is a public figure and if that person is to do more than make people laugh, especially if s/he is a satirist there must be some sense of responsibility and respect towards other human beings especially someone who is vulnerable.  And this is especially so if Caster Semenya has chosen a sexual identity that deviates form heteronormativity.  We are living through a period of repeated ‘corrective rapes’.   We are entitled to expect that all public figures should take steps to combat this scourge and even if their job is humour, to defend constitutionalism, and individual identities and choices.

Laura Kapelari, Social media rape culture and how women are fighting back

Raymond Suttner, Power and sexual encounters in the work place

The recent rape allegations against Zwelinzima Vavi, General Secretaty of COSATU has led to a range of arguments, which obscure the character of the sexual encounter, Continue reading

Rebecca Davis, Of Good report. sugar daddies and Vavi

While reviewing the unbanning of a film previously banned as provocative, the author relates some of the issues raised with regard to a relationship of unequal power to the recent allegation of rape against Zwelinzima Vavi, General Secretary of COSATU.  The allegation was withdrawn in an internal grievance process of COSATU.  But even if one accepts that that ends the question of rape, which is doubtful, Vavi admitted to having a sexual encounter with a woman who was an employee in COSATU  and thus dependent on him for her employment and any possible promotion.  Hence this was an unequal encounter and  raises questions about the character of consent, if it is given.  This cannot be reduced to whether Vavi is unfaithful to his wife, nor to conspliracies to drive him out of COSATU.  Davis briefly alludes to the way in which patriarchy plays itself out in the work place

Steven Robins, How poo became a political issue