Not Crossing the Line: Masculinities and Homophobic Violence in South Africa

Author: Thabo Msibi
Created: 2011
Country South Africa
Organisation University of KwaZulu-Natal
Type Journal Article
Format pdf
Extent 6 pages
Original Publication
Publication Agenda
Gendered violence, experienced through homophobia, has become common in South Africa, with ‘curative rape’ for lesbian women on the increase and gay men being beaten up and verbally harassed. This article demonstrates how men’s understanding of their masculinity is typically caught up in fears related to homophobic violence and exaggerated fears regarding sexual orientation. It is argued that an analysis and understanding of masculinities may provide answers to the increasing gendered violence, and that higher education institutions can be key in bringing about change.
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