Browsing Category Gender & Queer Studies

40 minutes, DVD, , 2011. R250
A documentary on the lives of black lesbians in South Africa.
THE HEART OF THE MATTER, the Gerald Kraak anthology, African perspectives on gender, social justice and sexuality
188pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R240
A collection of the short-listed entries to the anthology and award named after anti-apartheid activist Gerald Kraak (1956-2014). The Gerald Kraak Award is a joint initiative between The Other Foundation and the Jacana Literary Foundation.

Introduction by Sisonke Msimang.

Includes fiction, non-fiction and poetry from across Africa by allies of the LGBTQI+ community. The 2019 winner was OluTimehin Adegbeye (Nigeria) for her essay "Mothers and Men".
Badri (B.) & Tripp (A.) eds. WOMEN'S ACTIVISM IN AFRICA, struggles for rights and representation
250pp., paperback, London, 2017. R450
A collection of essays by authors who are part of women's activist groups in contemporary Africa.

Contributions include:
"Women's Organising for Liberation in South Africa" by Sheila Meintjies
"African Influences on Global Women's Rights: an overview" by Aili Mari Tripp and Balghis Badri.

"This compact volume on women's activism, by many of the most outstanding scholars in the field, is among the best and most useful I have seen. The editors, bolstered by excellent contributions, turn conventional wisdom about African women on its head." Sondra Hale, UCLA (Emerita)

Aili Mari Tripp is Professor of Political Science and Evjue Bascom Professor of Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.
Balghis Badri is Professor of Social Anthropology and Director of the Regional Institute for Gender, Diversity, Peace and Rights at Afhad University for Women, Sudan.
Bartlett (A.) WEERLOSE WEERSTAND, die gaydebat in die NG Kerk
304pp., paperback, Pretoria, 2017. R200
André Bartlett discusses the process that led to the Dutch Reformed Church's landmark 2015 decision on same-sex unions. At its general synod the church decided that gay preachers need no longer be celibate and that individual church councils could decide if they would allow civil unions between homosexual couples. An appeal was lodged against the decision and, after threats of legal action, the church rescinded the decision at an extraordinary synod in 2016.

André Bartlett is a Dutch Reformed minister and Head of the Centre for Ministry Development (Excelsus) at the University of Pretoria.
Bennett (J.) & Pereiro (C.) eds. JACKETED WOMEN, qualitative research methodologies on sexualities and gender in Africa
198 pp., illus., paperback, First South African Edition, Cape Town, 2013. R200
Also published in North America, Europe and Asia.

A collection of essays in which women researchers explore the politics of gender and sexualities in Africa and what it means to research topics that "are fraught with the sense of taboo". from the back cover

Contributions include:
"From Respectable to Questionable: women's narratives of marital relations and sexual restriction in widowhood in Harare, Zimbabwe" by Rekopantswe Mate
"'They respect you more': meanings of marriage for four South African lesbian couples in Cape Town" by Jessica Scott
"'Jacketed Women': the politics of researching gender and sexualities in African contexts" by Jane Bennett
"Challenging Research, Researching Challenges: feminism and activism in Lesotho" by Karabo Mohlakoana-Mosala.

Jane Bennett is Director of the School of African and Gender Studies, Anthropology and Linguistics and Director of the African Gender Institute at the University of Cape Town.
Charmaine Pereira is the coordinator of the Initiative for Women's Studies in Nigeria.

Includes photographs form Zanele Muholi's collection, "Faces and Phases".
Bhana (D.) UNDER PRESSURE, the regulation of sexualities in South African secondary schools
252pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R220
A multi-school study that examines whether or not South African schools are meeting their constitutional requirements in relation to sexual diversity. Based on interviews with learners, teachers, school managers and parents, the study provides an account of how schools understand and respond to homosexuality and uncovers the prejudice against LGBTI people.

Deevia Bhana is Professor in the School of Education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Cameron (E.) JUSTICE, a personal account
347 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R310
A memoir by Constitutional Court Justice Edwin Cameron, in which he reflects on the power and the limitations of the law and examines the role of the law in South Africa's transition.

"A remarkable integration of fascinating, often moving personal memoir, professional reminiscence and acute historical analysis of South African law, politics and society." Sir Sydney Kentridge, QC

"Shows with brilliant clarity how the life of a jurist informs his reading of the law. An inspirational, but never a self-indulgent, story of a remarkable South African life." Eusebius McKaiser

Edwin Cameron was the first senior South African official to state publicly that he was living with HIV/AIDS. His other books include the autobiography, "Witness to Aids", and "Defiant Desire, gay and lesbian lives in South Africa", which he co-authored with Mark Gevisser. He has received numerous awards, including the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights (2000) and the San Francisco Aids Foundation Excellence in Leadership Award for 2003, and the Brudner Prize from Yale for 2009-2010. In 2002 the Bar of England and Wales honoured him with a special award for his contribution to international jurisprudence and the protection of human rights.
Chitiga-Mabugu (M.) et. al. SOUTH AFRICAN WOMEN AS CHAMPIONS OF CHANGE, a civil society programme of action for the African women's decade
124 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R120
This publication is the outcome of a report on key issues facing South African women, commissioned by South African Women in Dialogue (SAWID). The study was conducted by researchers at the Human Sciences Research Council, led by Margaret Chitiga-Mabugu and Selma Karuaihe.
Cole (J.) & Thomas (L.) eds. LOVE IN AFRICA,
265pp., illus., paperback, Chicago & London, 2009. R750
Contributions include:
"Love, Sex, and the Modern Girl in 1930s Southern Africa" by Lynn Thomas
"Providing Love: sex and exchange in twentieth-century South Africa" by Mark Hunter
"Love, Money, and Economies of Intimacy in Tamatave, Madagascar" by Jennifer Cole.

Love in Africa sets two scholarly milestones. First, it demands that students of Africa confront the full spectrum of human emotion in the continent. Second, and speaking more universally, it shows how love, while experienced in the most deeply personal of ways, invariably arises from economic and social circumstance. Drawing on everything from the improvisation of new forms of love from newspaper advice columns, Bollywood, and the European colonial legacy to the monetary exchanges that so powerfully shape emotion, this unflinching book will win an immediate place on the shelves of Africanists as well as social scientists in general.” Caroline Bledsoe, Northwestern University

Anthropologist Jennifer Cole is Professor in the Department of Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago. She is the author of Forget Colonialism.
Lynn M. Thomas is Associate Professor of History at the University of Washington and author of Politics of the Womb: women, reproduction, and the state in Kenya.
176 pp., illus., paperback, First S.A.Edition, Johannesburg, 2012. R250
First published in the U.K.

Daniel Conway analyses the interconnections between militarisation, sexuality, race, homophobia and political authoritarianism in this study of the anti-apartheid activism of white men and women in the End Conscription Campaign (ECC). The ECC was formed in 1983 to oppose the conscription of all white men into military service in the South African Defence Force.

Daniel Conway is a lecturer in politics at Loughborough University.
Currier (A.) OUT IN AFRICA, LGBT organising in Namibia and South Africa
255pp., paperback, Minneapolis, 2012. R495
Ashley Currier focuses on the period between 1995 and 2006, when different sociopolitical conditions in Namibia and South Africa affected how activists in each country campaigned for LGBT rights.

"Out in Africa is an extremely important book. Ashley Currier broadly addresses factors influencing mobilization of LGBT movements within sub-Saharan Africa at the local, national, and international level. She further extends existing literature on social movements, identity, and development by examining the prospects of mobilization among disadvantaged groups within newly democratized developing countries." Kathleen Fallon, author of Democracy and the Rise of Women’s Movements in Sub-Saharan Africa

Ashley Currier is Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Cincinnati.
Dahlqvist (A.) IT'S ONLY BLOOD, shattering the taboo of menstruation, translated by Alice E. Olsson
245pp., paperback, First SA Edition, Johannesburg, 2018. R320
First published in 2016 in Sweden as "Bara Lite Blod: ett reportage om mens och makt". First published in English in 2018 in the UK.

"Only when we call out the unnecessary shame and stigma that surrounds periods can we demand meaningful change. Dahlqvist's deft, compassionate storytelling, and her critical global perspective, are a tremendous contribution." Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, author of Periods Gone Public: taking a stand for menstrual equity"

"A lushly detailed and often intimate portrait of a global social movement. What's more, Dalhqvist's perceptive account reveals the insidious power of stigma to limit lives." Chris Bobel, author of "New Blood: third-wave feminism and the politics of menstruation"

Anna Dahlqvist is a journalist specialising in gender, sexuality and human rights.She is editor-in-chief of "Ottar", a Swedish magazine focusing on sexual politics.
de Beyer (M.) HOW TO RAISE A MAN, the modern mother's guide to parenting her teenage son
235pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2020. R230
Specialist parent psychologist Megan de Beyer on the development of masculinity, how to identify different parenting styles and effectively mother a Generation Z pre-teen or teenage son.

Megan de Beyer facilitates the Strong Mothers - Strong Sons course that runs at many independent boys' schools in South Africa and Australia. She is the teen expert at and co-founder with Vanessa Raphaely of the Village facebook group which gives advice to parents of teens.
Edwards (I.) & Epprecht (M.) WORKING CLASS HOMOSEXUALITY IN SOUTH AFRICAN HISTORY, voices from the archives
257pp., illus., maps, paperback, Cape Town, 2020. R390
Includes a foreword by Justice Edwin Cameron.

"A poignant account of black working-class men obliterated from history because of their sexual orientation ... Plethoric with unpublished words and phrases critical for validating a long homosexual presence in our African history. A beautiful, sad and heroic story!" Professor Glenda Gray, President and CEO, South African Medical Research Council

"Edwards and Epprecht use history from below to disturb prevailing and dominant narratives of the South African past while also re-examining a particular history of the present with calm integrity, diligence, imagination and thoughtfulness. This is a rich and rewarding book." Wale Adebanwi, Rhodes Professor of Race Relations and Director, African Studies Centre, University of Oxford

"A fascinating path-breaking account of African male same-sex practices ..." Dunbar Moodie, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, New York
Epprecht (M.) HETEROSEXUAL AFRICA?, the history of an idea from the age of exploration to the age of AIDS
231 pp., paperback, Pietermaritzburg & Ohio, 2008. R280
Marc Epprecht explores "the historical processes by which a singular, heterosexual identity for Africa was constructed - by anthropologists, ethnopsychologists, colonial officials, African elites, and most recently, health care workers seeking to address the HIV/AIDS pandemic".

Marc Epprecht is associate professor in the departments of history and global development studies at Queen's University. He is also the author of "Hungochani: the history of dissident sexuality in southern Africa", which won the 2006 Canadian Association of African Studies Joel Gregory Prize.
Epprecht (M.) HUNGOCHANI, the history of a dissident sexuality in southern Africa
317 pp., map, illus., paperback, Second Edition, Montreal, (2004) 2013. R395
Marc Epprecht "explores the diverse ways African cultures traditionally explained same-sex sexuality and follows the development of new forms of gender identity and sexuality that evolved with the introduction of capitalism, colonial rule and Christian education. Using oral testimony, memoirs, literature, criminal court records, and early government enquiries from the eighteenth century to the present, he traces the complex origins of homophobia." from the back cover

Homosexuality is known as "hungochani" in Zimbabwe.

This second edition has a new preface with some additional references; otherwise the text in unchanged. This book won the 2008 Joel Gregory Prize.

Marc Epprecht is a professor in the Department of Global Development Studies at Queen's University.
Gasa (N.) ed. WOMEN IN SOUTH AFRICAN HISTORY, basus'iimbokodo, bawel'imilambo/ they remove boulders and cross rivers
458 pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2007. R190
A rewriting of South Africa's history from a feminist perspective.

Contributions include "Not a Nongqawuse Story: an anti-heroine in historical perspective" by Helen Bradford,
"Women and Gender in the South African War, 1899-1902" by Elizabeth van Heyningen,
"Testimonies and Transitions: women negotiating the rural and urban in the mid-20th century" by Luli Callinicos,
"Women in the ANC-led Underground" by Raymond Suttner,
"'Another Mother for Peace': women and peace building in South Africa, 1983-2003" by Jacklyn Cock,
"'We Were Not Afraid': the role of women in the 1980s' township uprising in the Eastern Cape" by Janet Cherry,
"'Loving in a Time of Hopelessness': on township women's subjectivities in a time of HIV/AIDS" by Nthaniseng Motsemme
and "Feminisms, Motherisms, Patriarchies and Women's Voices in the 1950s" by Nomboniso Gasa.

Includes the CD-Rom.
Goebel (A.) ON THEIR OWN, women, urbanization, and the right to the city in South Africa
242pp., illus., paperback, Montreal etc., 2015. R675
Allison Goebel explores the experiences of low-income women in urban South Africa post-apartheid.

"An excellent and thorough study drawing on vivid portraits of women's struggles in South Africa, 'On their Own' challenges 'right to the city' literature to pay more attention to the politics of race and gender." Mark Hunter, University of Toronto-Scarborough

Allison Goebel is Associate Professor in the School of Environmental Studies at Queen's University. She is also the author of "Gender and Land Reform: the Zimbabwe experience".
Gouws (A.) & Stasiulis (D.) eds. GENDER AND MULTICULTURALISM, north-south perspectives
258pp.,paperback, First SA Edition, Pietermaritzburg, 2016. R295
First published in the UK in 2014.

A collection of essays originally published in various issues of Politikon, the official journal of the South African Association of Political Studies.

Contributions include:
"In the Name of What? Defusing the rights-culture debate by revisiting the universals of both rights and culture" by Louise du Toit
"Multiculturalism in South Africa: dislodging the binary between universal human rights and culture/tradition" by Amanda Gouws
"Masculinities without Tradition" by Kopano Ratele
"Violent Modernity: gender, race and bodies in contemporary South Africa" by Shireen Hassim
"Muslim Women and Human Rights: does political transformation equal social transformation?" by Wendy Isaacs-Martin

Amanda Gouws is Professor of Political Science and holder of a SARChl chair in Gender Politics at the University of Stellenbosch.
Daiva Stasiulis is Professor of Sociology at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.
Govinden (D.) "SISTER OUTSIDERS", the representation of identity and difference in selected writings by South African Indian women
385 pp., paperback, Pretoria & Leiden, 2008. R217
Devarakshanam (Betty) Govinden discusses Ansuyah Singh's "Behold the Earth Mourns", Zuleikha M.Mayat's "A Treasure Trove of Memories", Jayapraga Reddy's "The Unbending Reed" and "On the Fringe of Dreamtime and Other Stories", Anges Sam's "Jesus is Indian and Other Stories", Dr Goonam's "Coolie Doctor", as well as the writings of Phyllis Naidoo, Fatima Meer and Farida Karodia.
Gqola (P.) RAPE, a South African nightmare
192pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2015. R220
Pumla Dineo Gqola investigates rape in South Africa, examining the relationship between race and rape, "the female fear factory", boy rape and violent masculinities, corrective rape, baby rape, as well as the rape trials of Jacob Zuma, Bob Hewitt, Makhaya Ntini, Baby Tshepang and Anene Booysen.

Pumla Dineo Gqola is Associate Professor of African Literary and Gender Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand. She is also the author of "What is Slavey to Me? Postcolonial/ slave memory in post-apartheid South Africa" and "A Renegade called Simphiwe".
Gqola (P.) REFLECTING ROGUE, inside the mind of a feminist
219pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R210
A collection of essays written by Pumla Dineo Gqola, Professor of African Literature at the University of the Witwatersrand and author of "What is Slavery to Me?". "A Renegade Called Simphiwe" and "Rape: a South African nightmare", which won the 2016 Sunday Times Alan Paton Award for non-fiction.
Hackman (M.) DESIRE WORK, ex-gay and Pentecostal masculinity in South Africa
198pp., paperback, Durham, 2018. R430
Melissa Hackman records the experiences of predominantly white Pentecostal men in post-apartheid Cape Town who turned to "ex-gay" ministries in the hope of “curing” their homosexuality in order to conform to "Christian" values and African social norms.

“One of Desire Work's great contributions is Melissa Hackman's ability to put a human face on the men who try but fail to convert to heterosexuality. I very much enjoy her personal touch in relating stories about her experiences and her subjects, and she has done an extraordinary job of eliciting extremely personal insights from her subjects, in some cases letting them hang themselves with their own words, and in others, allowing us to share their pain, confusion, and cruel optimism. I love this book.” Marc Epprecht, author of Sexuality and Social Justice in Africa: Rethinking Homophobia and Forging Resistance

Melissa Hackman is an independent scholar who has taught at Brown University and Emory University.
Hawker (L.) photo. & Hawker (L.) et al text BREASTFEEDING 101,
223pp., 4to., colour illus., hardback, Johannesburg, 2019. R385
Leah Hawker's collection of photographs of women breastfeeding. taken between 2016 and 2019.

Includes a preface "The Project Breastfeeding 101" by Leah Hawker, an introduction "A Template for Love and the Sacred, a psychological perspective" by Adala M. Provost, and interviews with each of the women.
Hawley (J.) ed. QUEER THEORY IN FILM & FICTION, African Literature Today 36
281pp., illus., paperback, Woodbridge & Rochester, 2018. R265
Contributions include:
"Gay, African, Middle-Class & Fabulous: writing queerness in new writing from Nigeria & South Africa" by Shola Adenekan
"Homosexuality & the Postcolonial Idea: notes from Kabelo Sello Duiker's The Quiet Violence of Dreams" by Ives Loukson
"Reading for Ruptures: HIV & AIDS, sexuality & silencing in Zoë Wicomb's 'In Search of Tommie'" by Lizzy Attree.
Healy-Clancy (M.) A WORLD OF THEIR OWN, a history of South African women's education
312 pp., illus., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2013. R310
A social history of Inanda Seminary, the oldest extant high school for southern African girls, operating outside of Durban since 1869.

"Megan Healy-Clancy's main characters - missionaries, teachers, head mistresses, pupils, alumni - somehow survive and often thrive in the protected world of Inanda Seminary over a sweeping period of nearly 150 years. She weaves their stories into a commanding portrayal of the imperatives of colonial power, chiefly patriarchy and segregationist supremacy. The highly educated women who emerge from the single Christian girls' school have exerted a disproportionately significant influence on our society, playing their parts as nurses and teachers in earlier years, and as doctors, politicians and other professionals today. While missionary schools all over the country were summarily closed under apartheid in one of the most shocking precursor events to our dire education situation today, Inanda survived to make it's mark on the development and stability of an African middle class. A fascinating piece of work." Belinda Bozzoli, University of the Witwatersrand.

Social historian, Megan Healy-Clancy teaches history, literature and social studies at Harvard University.
Hendricks (P.) ed. HIJAB, unveiling queer Muslim lives
208 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2009. R185
A collection of short biographies by South African Muslims who have struggled to reconcile their spirituality and their sexuality. "Hijab" is the Arabic word meaning "to veil", "to cover" or "to shelter".
Higginbotham (D.) & Collis-Buthelezi (V.) eds. CONTESTED INTIMACIES, sexuality, gender, and the law in Africa
84pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R200
A collection of essays that focus on the ways that sexuality, gender and the law interact in southern African countries, primarily Uganda and South Africa.

Foreword by Max Price, Vice-Chancellor, University of Cape Town.

Contributions include:
"The Limits of the Law: human rights and the emancipation of sexual minorities on the African continent" by Pierre de Vos
"On Miniskirts and Hegemonic Masculinity: the ideology of deviant feminine sexuality in anti-homosexulaity and decency laws" by Barbara Boswell
"Sexing the Law and Legislating Gendered Sexualities" by Stella Nyanzi
Hunter (M.) LOVE IN THE TIME OF AIDS, inequality, gender, and rights in South Africa
303 pp., illus. ,paperback, First S.A.Edition, Pietermaritzburg, 2010. R245
Mark Hunter lived in Mandeni, an informal settlement in KwaZulu-Natal and by studing love letters, cell phone text messages, oral histories and archival materials, he examines the everyday social inequalities and the ideas about femininity, masculinity, love and sex, that have created the "economies of exchange" that perpetuate the transmission of HIV/AIDS.

"Beautifully, powerfully, and movingly written. The best analysis I have seen not only for the reasons for the HIV/AIDS pandemic in southern Africa, but of its wider socioeconomic, cultural, and political dynamics." Shula Marks, School for African and Oriental Studies, University of London

Mark Hunter is Assistant Professor in Social Sciences/Geography at the University of Toronto Scarborough and Research Associate in the School of Development Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Judge (M.) BLACKWASHING HOMOPHOBIA, violence and the politics of sexuality, gender and race
158pp., paperback, London & New York, 2018. R340
"In this remarkable book, Melanie Judge traces the contours of violence directed at queer people in post-apartheid South Africa, and its implications for the formation of subjectivities. She shows how homophobic violence constitutes race, class and sexual identities simultaneously and multiply. Violence has devastating consequences, particularly for black lesbian women, but it also produces resistances. Judge explores these through fine-grained interviews and superb analysis. This is an assured and well-researched text by an academic who is also a leading activist for queer rights." Shireen Hassim, Professor of Politics, University of the Witwatersrand

"Melanie Judge's 'Blackwashing Homophobia' is a brilliant intervention into the multivalent contradictions surrounding South Africa's Constitution as a model for LGBTQI equality and the continued societal and private violence against sexual minorities, especially Black Lesbians. Animated by interviews, as well as trenchant analysis of law, media, theory, psychology, and culture, Melanie Judge refutes simplistic explanations about race, Black culture, and African sexuality, in favour of a nuanced exploration of the many complexities of how violence operates. Judge offers a must-read sophisticated leap forward for understandings of anti-LGBTQI violence in South Africa and throughout the world, providing hope for truly radical racial, sexual, and gendered liberation." Ruthann Robson, Professor of Law and University Distinguished Professor, City University of New York

Melanie Judge is a queer and feminist activist, Adjunct Associate Professor and research associate at the Centre for Law and Society, Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town.
Judge (M.), Manion (A.) & de Waal (S.) eds. TO HAVE AND TO HOLD, the making of same-sex marriage in South Africa
354 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2008. R165
Contents include "Getting to the Constitutional Court on Time: a litigation of same-sex marriage" by Jonathan Berger,
"Difference and Belonging: the Constitutional Court and the adoption of the Civil Union Act" by Pierre de Vos,
"This thing' and 'that idea': traditionalist responses to homosexuality and same-sex marriage" by Graeme Reid,
"(Not) in My Culture: thoughts on same-sex marriage and African practices" by Nonhlanhla Mkhize,
"A Way Through 'Ijtihad': a Muslim perspective on same-sex marriage" by Muhsin Hendricks,
"Blissful Complexities: black lesbians reflect on same-sex marriage and the Civil Union Act" by Zethu Matebeni, and much more.
Kihato (C.W.) MIGRANT WOMEN OF JOHANNESBURG, life in an in-between city
174 pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2013. R320
Caroline Wanjiku Kihato examines the everyday lives of African migrant women from Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo Brazzaville, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe living in Johannesburg.

"Caroline Wanjiku Kihato has drawn us into the world of Johannesburg's non-South African women migrants, a world of fragmented being and liminality, of alternating experiences of suffering and achievement, and of aspirational striving in the face of a mainly hostile host city and a frighteningly mercurial state. Written with deft artistry and unblinking truthfulness." Belinda Bozzoli, University of the Witwatersrand, author of "Women of Phokeng: consciousness, life strategy, and migrancy in South Africa, 1900-1983"

"Kihato brilliantly captures the potentials and contradictions of the practices and the paradoxes involved in trying to belong somewhere. The power of this book is that it compels the reader to feel joined to these women's projects to better their lives." AbdouMaliq Simone, Research Professor, University of Australia, author of "City Life from Jakarta to Dakar: movements at the Crossroads"

Caroline Wanjiku Kihato is Visiting Professor at the School of Architecture and PLanning at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Kruger (L.-M.) OF MOTHERHOOD AND MELANCHOLIA, notebook of a psycho-ethnographer
382pp., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2020. R385
Clinical psychologist Lou-Marié Kruger's account of the lived experiences of low income mothers in post-apartheid South Africa. She focuses specifically on life in a semi-rural community in the Dwarsrivier Valley.

"This is a strong, coherent and incisive work of literary art-cum-analytical insight into the lifeworld of those most vulnerable in our society: women and young people in a situation of economic and social marginality. It is also a necessary shocking experience to read the traumatic psycho-ethnographic case material and analysis, which succeeds in humanising those who are often biomedically objectified. While it must have been a difficult book to write, it is also difficult not to be gripped by the book on a personal and social level and not to experience the catharsis that the material provides: from dread to hope for individuals, social relationships and the broader South African society." Kees van der Waal, editor of Winelands, Wealth and Work: transformations in the Dwars River Valley, Stellenbosch

Lou-Marié Kruger is Professor in the Department of Psychology at Stellenbosch University.
Lawrance (B.N.) & Roberts (R.L.) eds. TRAFFICKING IN SLAVERY'S WAKE, law and the experience of women and children in Africa
271 pp., maps, paperback, Athens, 2012. R355
A collection of essays that examine the ways trafficking in women and children has changed from the late nineteenth century to the present.

Contributions include "The Story of Elsie, a case study of trafficking in contemporary South Africa" by Susan Kreston.
lKhaxas (E.) comp. & ed. WE MUST CHOOSE LIFE, writings by Namibian women on culture, violence, HIV and Aids
328 pp., illus., paperback, Windhoek, 2008. R250
A collection of stories and poems by Namibian women living with and affected by HIV and Aids. The Women's Leadership Centre held nine Women's Rights, Writing, Culture, and HIV and Aids workshops around Namibia and distributed pamphlets through women's organisations, other civil society organisations and school libraries inviting women to submit writing. The pieces published in this volume were selected from the more than five hundred pieces received.

"This book introduces us to the many different reasons why women and girls become infected with HIV, including the culture of silence surrounding sex and sexuality in Namibia. Our cultures do not allow women and girls, men and boys to talk openly about sex and sexuality matters. As parents, as teachers and as partners we have to learn to talk to each other about issues of sex and sexuality, and I am hoping that this book will help open up spaces for us to do that." Magreth Mensah-Williams, Deputy Chairperson of the National Council of Namibia

Elizabeth lKhaxas is the director of vthe Women's Leadership Centre.
Long (C.) CONTRADICTING MATERNITY, HIV-positive motherhood in South Africa
231 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2009. R220
Drawing on interviews with mothers who have been diagnosed HIV-positive, Carol Long provides a perspective of motherhood from the mother's point of view and explores the situation in which two identities, those of motherhood and of being HIV-positive, come together.

"'Contradicting Maternity' matters enormously to all the women for whom the mothers of this book speak. We, the readers, are almost certainly not these women; but, for all our sakes, we need to listen. If we do not, our 'cultural aneasthesia' will prevail: our knowledge of what Carol Long has heard as she asked and listened to the world's catastrophes and its people's trauma, will be without meaning. A meaningless knowledge diminishes us all." Juliet Mitchell, Cambridge University, author of Psychoanalysis and Feminism

Carol Long is Associate Professor in Psychology at the University of the Witwatersrand and a practising clinical psychologist.
Lorway (R.) NAMIBIA'S RAINBOW PROJECT, gay rights in an African nation
155pp., paperback, Bloomington, 2015. R495
Robert Lorway examines the unexpected consequences of The Rainbow Project (TRP), a LGBT programme for young Namibians begun in response to President Nujoma's speeches against homosexuals. He also explores the effectiveness of Western sexual minority rights programmes in Africa in the midst of political violence, debates over anti-discrimination lawa, and government-sanctoned anti-homosexual rhetoric.

"A vivid ethnography that presents a challenging analysis of the paradoxical effects of a project that follows the model of many, many parallel projects all over the world. Engages a specific locality with societal problems and theoretical issues. Ideal for teaching." Peter Geschiere, University of Amsterdam

Robert Lorway is Assistant Professor of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba.
Lubbe-De Beer (C.) & Marnell (J.) eds. HOME AFFAIRS, rethinking lesbian, bisexual and transgender families in contemporary South Africa
299 pp., colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2013. R230
A collection of essays and interviews that explore and document the experiences of LGBT families in South Africa.

Contributions include:
"Outsider Discourse Surrounding Children's Experiences of Familial Identity in Sam-Sex-Parented Families" by Diana Breshears and Aliza le Roux
"Familiar Claims: representations of Same-Gendered Families in South African Mainstream News Media" by Tracy Morison and Vasu Reddy
"Erased, Elided and Made Invisible? A critical analysis of research on bisexual parenthood and families" by Ingrid Lynch
"M/Other Families: some introductory comments to the Project" by Natasha Distiller and Jean Brundit
"'Two Women Can't Make a Baby': South African lesbians' negotiation with heteronormativity around issues of reproduction" by Natalie Donaldson and Lindy Wilbraham
"Am I That Name? Middle-class lesbian motherhood in post-apartheid South Africa" by Natasha Distiller
"Breaking the Silence: a discussion on intimate partner violence in gay-male relationships" by Gabriel Khan and Yolan Moodley
"Coming Out to Families: adolescent disclosure practices in the Western Cape" by Veronica Robertson and Charmaine Louw.
Mabenge (L.) BECOMING HIM, a trans memoir of triumph
202pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2018. R220
Landa Mabenge was born in 1981 in Umtata, moved to Port Elizabeth as a child and studied at UCT. In 2014 he became the first known transgender man in South Africa to successfully motivate a medical aid to fund his gender affirming surgery. Mabenge works as a transgender activist and educationalist through his consultancy, Landa Mabenge Consulting. In 2017 he was selected for the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.

"Brilliantly written. Fiercely brave. Effortlessly inspiring. His story is one of never allowing circumstances to dictate your destiny." Nickolaus Bauer, ENCA journalist
232 pp., paperback, Cape Town & Bloomington, 2010. R288
Anne Mager examines the culture of drinking in South Africa. She "looks at the current commerce of beer, its valourizing of male sociability and sports, and the corporate culture of South African Breweries (SAB)".

Anne Mager is Associate Professor of Historical Studies at the University of Cape Town. She is the author of "Gender and the Making of a South African Bantustan: a social history of the Ciskei, 1945-1959".
Makwetla (A.) FEMICIDE, a family relives its pain, foreword by Dr Judy Dlamini
112pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R415
Matlhodi Angelina (Angie) Makwetla is a Commissioner for Human Rights. This book is an account of two femicide tragedies - four years apart - in her family.
Malan (R.) & Johaardien (A.) comps. YES, I AM!, writing by South African gay men
175 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2010. R290
A collection of writing by gay South African men including Sir Anthony Sher, Damon Galgut, Shaun de Waal, Edwin Cameron, Zackie Achmat, Pieter Dirk Uys, K Sello Duiker, Simon Nkoli and Jonny Steinberg. Includes essays, fiction and poetry.
Mali (N.) THE WIDOWS SANCTUARY/ 'INQABA YABAHLOLOKAZI/ WEDUWEES SE HEILIGDOM, upliftment and empowering information for women who have lost their husbands
72pp., illus., paperback, No Place, 2018. R260
A series of interviews with women whose husbands have died, conducted by Dr Nomfundo Mali. All the women interviewed were participants in a Women's Empowerment Program (WEP) group where they receive emotional support from other widows. WEP also offers counselling and legal and financial advice, focusing especially on rural women and those in township and farming communities, many of whom struggle after their husbands' death.

Matebeni (Z.), Monro (S.) & Reddy (V.) eds. QUEER IN AFRICA, LGBTQI identities, citizenship, and activism
209pp., hardback, London & New York, 2018. R705
"This is a very welcome and wide-ranging set of original essays that will add to our rapidly expanding awareness of African sexualities. Both academic and activist, the essays help both clarify and move beyond traditional Western theories and categories." Ken Plummer, Emeritus Professor of Sociologies, University of Essex

Contributions include:
"Beyond Identity: queer affiliation and the politics of solidarity in Gordimer's "None to Accompany Me" and Duiker's "The Quiet Violence of Dreams" by Derrick Higginbotham
"'Queer/White' in South Africa: a troubling oxymoron?" by Jane Bennett
"Lesbian Students in the Academy, invisible, assimilated, or ignored?" by Mary Hames
"Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) Forced Migrants and Asylum Seekers, multiple discriminations" by Guillain Koko, Surya Monro and Kate Smith
"Experiences of Transgender People in Swaziland" by Velile Vilane.

Zethu Matebeni is Professor of Sociology at the Institute for Humanities, University of Cape Town.
Surya Monro is Professor of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Huddersfield, UK.
Vasu Reddy is Professor of Sociology and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, University of Pretoria.
270 pp., map, paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R220
A collection of stories taken from Brent Meersman's travel diaries which he kept while travelling around the world exploring how gay men live.

"These stories transcend the gay theme, they are about people making (or failing to make) their way in the world. Their essential human condition is easy to feel and identity with." Mike Nicol

Brent Meersman's novels include "Five Lives at Noon", Reports Before Daybreak" and "Primary Coloured". He contributes regularly to the Mail & Guardian newspaper. He lives in Cape Town.
Meyer (M.) & Struthers (H.) eds. (UN)COVERING MEN, rewriting masculinity and health in South Africa
211 pp., colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2012. R230
Between 2009 and 2011 journalism fellows of the HIV & AIDS Media Project researched whether it is possible to write about men, masculinity and HIV in a new way. The result is this collection of articles, blogs and photo essays that focus on men's varied roles in the HIV epidemic.

Includes contributions by Willemien Brummer, Lungi Langa, Thabisile Dlamini, Pieter van Zyl, Mthetho Tshemese and Wilson Johwa.

"The journalism in this book rises above the norm, bringing us voices we do not easily hear, upsetting stereotypes and generalities. It challenges editors and reporters to think again about how they can and should cover such issues." Anton Harber
Miller (R.) WOMANDLA!, women power!
432pp., illus., paperback, Bamenda, 2018. R275
A history of the Mosaic, Training, Service and Healing Centre, founded in Cape Town in 1993 by social worker Rolene Miller to support and empower abused women. Mosaic trains community workers and court support workers in poor communities.

Foreword by Sheryl Ozinsky.
Mkenke (A.) BLEEDING YET BLOODLESS, a memoir
88pp., paperback, (Cape Town), 2019. R220
Ayabulela Mkenke was 18 years old when he left Elliotdale, a rural area in the Eastern Cape, for Johannesburg, hoping to become a successful gospel singer. Later, in Cape Town, he was raped by a fellow congregant in his church and contracted HIV.

Mokomane (N.) et al FAMILY MATTERS, family cohesion, values and strengthening to promote wellbeing
378pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R320
The essays in this book grow out of a research project on families and social cohesion and utilise the South African Social Attitudes Survey (SASAS).

Contributions include:
"Family Functioning and Economic Status" by Ferdi Botha, Frikkie Booysen and Edwin Wouters
"Patterns of Alcohol Consumption in South Africa: implications of harmful drinking in families" by Arvin Bhana and Candice Groenewald
"Intimate Partner Violence and Family Cohesion Among Ever Married Women and Men in South Africa" by Yanga Zembe and Visseho Adjiwanou
"South African Public Opinion on Family Rights for Lesbians and Gay Men: entry points for activism and interventions" by Neo Mohlabane, Ntombizonke Gumede and Zitha Mokomane
"Regarding Baba: perceptions about fathers and fatherhood in South Africa" by Tawanda Makusha, Linda Richter, Sara Naicker, Sharlene Swartz and Chris Desmond
"Lone Mothers' Accounts of the Impact of Poverty on Their Dignity: a South African perspective" by Gemma Wright, Phakama Ntshongwana, Michael Noble and David Neves.
Morgan (R.), Marais (C.) & Wellbeloved (J.R.) eds. TRANS, transgender life stories from South Africa
244 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2009. R165
A collection of first-person accounts by transgender South Africans. The book began as an oral history project undertaken by Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action (GALA) and the transgender rights organisaiton, Gender DynamiX.

"The reflections on the experiences of gender contained in this book will enrich readers' understanding and deepen their awareness of the kind of very human quest that transgender people and those who love them have been undertaking for centuries." Jamison Green, author of "Becoming a Visible Man"
Morison (T.) & Macleod (C.) MEN'S PATHWAYS TO PARENTHOOD, silence and heterosexual gendered norms
157pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R180
Explores the social and interpersonal processes involved in a white Afrikaans-speaking South African man's decision to become a parent.

Tracy Morison works as a researcher at the Human Sciences Research Council and is a research associate of the Rhodes University Psychology Department and Critical Studies in Sexualities and Reproduction research programme.
Catriona Macleod is Professor of Psychology and SARChI chair of the Critical Studies in Sexualities and Reproduction research programme at Rhodes University.
Mounton (E.) et al (eds.) LIVING WITH DIGNITY, African perspectives on gender equality
394pp., paperback, Stellenbosch, 2015. R500
A collection of essays that address gender equality from a theological perspective, as a fundamental expression of human dignity and justice.

Contributions include:
"Men and Women in Church and Society: equal in dignity?" by Nico Koopman
"Masks and the Men Behind Them: unmasking culturally-sanctioned gender inequality" by Edwin Zulu
"'Do not tell the person carrying you that s/he stinks': reflections in 'ubuntu' and masculinities in the context of sexual and gender-based violence and HIV" by Ezra Chitando
"'Your desire shall be for your husband and he shall rule over you!': desire and rule in traditional Shona understandings of marriage" by Ester Rutoro
Msimang (S.) ed. PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, the Gerald Kraak anthology, African perspectives on gender, social justice and sexuality
167pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R260
A collection of the short-listed entries to the inaugural award, named after anti-apartheid activist Gerald Kraak (1956-2014). The Gerald Kraak Award is a joint initiative between The Other Foundation and the Jacana Literary Foundation.

Includes fiction, poetry, journalism, academic writing and photography from across Africa. Contributions by Sindiswa Busuku-Mathese, Beyes de Vos, Tania Haberland, Julia Hango, Justin Dingwall and Dean Hutton from South Africa. The joint winners were Farah Ahamed (Kenya) for her short story "Poached Eggs" and Sarah Waiswa (Uganda) for her photo-essay "Stranger in a Familiar Land"

"This anthology walks the line between all that is dissident and everything that is normative. The stories in this collection zigzag between a desire for justice and a refusal to be merely tolerated. In these pages you will find storylines that are achingly familiar, which play with tropes and mine them for truth. You will find characters that come from the future, whose tenacity resists categorisation even as it reflects a resilience we have always demonstrated. This collection reflects a political moment across this continent, a moment that is defined by space and freedom even as these continue to be constrained. In other words, this is a queer collection." Sisonke Msimange, editor and head judge
Munro (B.M.) SOUTH AFRICA AND THE DREAM OF LOVE TO COME, queer sexuality and the struggle for freedom
337 pp., illus., paperback, Minneapolis, 2012. R375
Brenna Munro examines representations of same-sex sexuality in writing from the years of struggle against apartheid - the 1960s to the 1990s - in order to understand how gay people became imaginable as fellow citizens in the new South Africa. She looks at prison memoirs, fiction, poetry, plays, television shows, photography, and political speeches. Writers include Nadine Gordimer, J.M.Coetzee, Richard Rive, Bessie Head, and K. Sello Duiker, and Zanele Muholi's photographs.

Brenna Munro is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Miami.
Nash (J.) BLACK FEMINISM REIMAGINED, after intersectionality
170pp., paperback, Durham & London, 2019. R550
Winner of the 2019 Gloria E. Anzaldúa Prize, presented by the National Women's Studies Association.

Black Feminism Reimagined takes stock of how the ubiquitous notion of intersectionality has become vexed by various appropriations and disparagements in the decades since it was first introduced into the tool kit of race and gender analysis. Jennifer C. Nash's eloquent appeal cautions against too-reactive defensiveness in response to those derangements. In this meticulous ‘critique [of] proprietary impulses,’ Nash deftly reorients the theory of intersectionality back toward its most generous and generative inspirations: vulnerability, intimacy, transnationalism, and the ethical practices of witnessing.” Patricia Williams, author of The Alchemy of Race and Rights: diary of a law professor

“This book troubles the water of black feminism's various permutations. It asks tough questions and provides nuanced answers. It is a must-read for scholars in the field. Jennifer C. Nash is a key voice in black studies, and if we didn't know that before, we know it now.” Sharon Patricia Holland, author of The Erotic Life of Racism

Jennifer C. Nash is Associate Professor of African American Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies at Northwestern University. She is the author of The Black Body in Ecstasy: reading race, reading pornography.
Nasson (B.) & Grundlingh (A.) eds. THE WAR AT HOME, women and families in the Anglo-Boer War
272 pp., map, 4to., b/w & colour illus., hardback, d.w., Cape Town, 2013. R410
A collection of essays that explore the causes, nature and consequences of the internment of Boer women and children in concentration camps during the Anglo-Boer War.

Contributions include:
"The Defiance of the 'Bittereinder' Woman" by Helen Bradford
"In the Veld with Nonnie de la Rey" by Zelda Rowan
"Daily Life in the Concentration Camps" and "A Clash of Cultures: British doctors versus Boer women" by Elizabeth van Heyningen
"Black People and the Camps" by Bill Nasson
"'Faded Flowers'? Children in the concentration camps" by Se Duff
"The 'Terrible Laughter' of the Boers: humour in the war" by Sandra Swart
"In Emily Hobhouse's Words" by Albert Grundlingh.
355pp., paperback, Pretoria, 2014. R385
This book uses rights-based frameworks to address some of the sexual and reproductive health challenges facing Africa, and provides human rights approaches on how these challenges can be overcome. Human rights issues addressed include access to safe abortion and emergency obstetric care; HIV/AIDS; adolescent sexual health and rights; early marriage; and gender-based sexual violence.

Charles Ngwena is Professor of Law at the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria.
Ebenezer Durojaye is Associate Professor of Law at the University of the Western Cape,
Nkabinde (N.Z.) BLACK BULL, ANCESTORS AND ME, my life as a lesbian sangoma
162 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2008. R180
Nkunzi Zandile Nkabinde was born in Soweto in 1975. She works as a sangoma and as a tour guide at Constitution Hill.
O'Gorman (E.) THE FRONT LINE RUNS THROUGH EVERY WOMAN, women and local resistance in the Zimbabwean libertation war
192 pp., maps, paperback, Woodbridge, Rochester & Harare, 2011. R325
Eleanor O'Gorman explores "the dynamics of women's revolutionary involvement through the oral histories of women in Chiweshe, Zimbabwe, who took part in the national liberation struggle from 1966-1980." from the introduction

Eleanor O'Gorman is an international advisor on development, peace and conflict issues and is Senior Associate at the Gender Studies Centre & Research Associate in the Department of Politics & International Studies, University of Cambridge.
Pillay (V.) et al ACADEMIC MOTHERS IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD, stories from India, Brazil and South Africa
186pp., paperback, Trenton, 2017. R400
An investigation of the multiple roles of mothers in higher education.

Contributions include:
"Across Continents", "Uncovering Solidarity" and "Women Standing Their Ground" by Venitha Pillay, and
"Academic Mothers in South Africa" by Deevia Bhana and Venitha Pillay.

Venitha Pillay is Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Management at Unisa’s College of Education.
Deevia Bhana is DST/NRF South African Research Chair in Gender and Childhood Sexuality at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Qintu Collab MEANWHILE..., graphic short stories about everyday queer life in southern and East Africa
100pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R140
An anthology of autobiographical short stories that "highlight the heterogeneity of experience, identity and politics associated with African queerness".

Qintu Collab consists of 18 queer youth from Botswana, Kenya and Zimbabwe, two academics, three artists and a journalist. It was formed to "allow young queer people from a few African countries to come together, share experiences and create context specific, queer-positive media that documents relatable stories about and for queer African youth".
174pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2016. R290
In this collection of essays Kopano Ratele presents ways to understand the contestations around masculinity and gender relations.

"One of the best known voices on African masculinities, in both popular and scholarly circles, Kopano Ratele's new book consolidates and takes further his profound and valuable contributions to re-thinking gender in postcolonial contexts and transnational contexts. 'Liberating Maculinities' is an inspiring, beautifully written collection of essays about the intersectional complexities of being a man in contemporary South Africa, offering theoretical gems, embedded in rich ethnographic narratives, for the global project of feminist and critical masculinities scholarship." Tamara Shefer, Professor of Women and Gender Studies, University of the Western Cape

"Wow, what an insightful book about the need to engage men for the liberation of the whole humanity. For me, this book represents hope for the future, especially the last chapter on the value of feminism for men." Malose Langa, Associate Professor, Psychology Department, WIts University

Kopano Ratele is Professor in the Institute for Social and Health Sciences at the University of South Africa (Unisa). He co-edited the books, "From Boys to Men: social constructions of masculinities in contemporary society" and "Inter-group Relations" and co-authored (with Antjie Krog and Mosisi Mpolwneu) "There Was This Goat, investigating the Truth Commission Testimony of Notrose Nobomvu Konile".
Reddy (V.) et al (eds.) CARE IN CONTEXT, transnational gender perspectives
420 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R290
A collection of essays that look at gender inequalities in the context of care.

"With its focus on care in Switzerland and South Africa, this book might appear to put an unusual pair side by side. It is refreshing and thought-provoking to have 'the north' and 'the south' compared in this way, and disturbing to see what this demonstrates. These well-referenced essays from a variety of disciplines constitute a rich resource for the study of care. They set an agenda for the next round of public debate and scholarship on care, both theoretical and empirical." Francie Lund, School of Built Environment and Development Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal

"'Care in Context' brings together two of the most important themes and challenges of contemporary times: the care challenge, of how to shift the world away from uncaring and 'carelessness' towards care and caring, and the transnational challenge. 'Care in Context' is an important book, not only in terms of these urgent issues, but moreover as a model for further collaborations between 'the global North' and 'the global South'. I recommend it very warmly indeed. It is above all a contribution to peace and equality." Jeff Hearn, Örebro University, Sweden; Hanken School of Economics, Finland; University of Huddersfield, UK

Contributions include:
"Care and Social Cohesion in South Africa: political engineering versus dealing with social discordance" by Mpilo Pearl Sithole
"Parental Incapacity and Institutional Non-Responsiveness: the care framework in prenatal and early life services in South Africa" by Mokhantšo Makoae
"Are Men's Healthcare Needs Important? A critical analysis of South African health policy" by Grace Khunou
"Gender and Care in the Non-Profit Sector in South Africa: implications for welfare policy" by Leila Patel
"Narratives of Gender and Practices of Care Among Young People in Contemporary South Africa" by Tamara Shefer
"'I Am a Male, Although I Am a Little Bit Soft': men, gender, and care work in South Africa" by Robert Morrell and Rachel Jewkes
"Fragile Families' Experiences of Caring for HIV-Positive Children: selected cases from the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal" by Nomvuyo Nkani.

Reid (G.) ABOVE THE SKYLINE, Reverend Tsietsi Thandekiso and the founding of an African gay church
212 pp., illus., paperback, Pretoria, 2010. R195
An ethnographic study of The Hope and Unity Metropolitan Community Church, which adopts the rhetoric, style and rituals of Pentecostal worship, founded in 1994 by Reverend Tsietsi Thandekiso, for lesbian and gay Africans in search of a spiritual home.

Graeme Reid is a lecturer in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies and Anthropology at Yale University. He is co-author of "Waiting to Happen: HIV/AIDS in southern Africa" and co-editor of "Refiguring the Archive", "Sex and Politics in South Africa" and "Men Behaving Differently".
Reid (G.) HOW TO BE A REAL GAY, gay identities in small-town South Africa
306 pp., illus., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2013. R350
This book grew out of a series of workshops organised between 2003 and 2005 by gay activists in the small town on Ermelo, South Africa, and focuses on everyday practices of gayness and the creation of safe gay spaces.

Includes photographs by Sabelo Mlangeni.

Graeme Reid is the director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Program at Human Rights Watch in New York. He is also the author of "Above the Skyline: the Reverend Tsietsi Thandekiso and the founding of an African gay church".
Richards (N.) & du Toit (C.) eds. BEING A WOMAN IN CAPE TOWN, telling your story
112pp., colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R250
Woman Zone, an NPO designed to bring together women from Cape Town, was created in 2014. This book grew out of one of their projects, 13Women storytelling: throughout 2014, 13 women from very different areas of greater Cape Town told their stories in their own communities to an audience of women. Their stories are recorded in this book.
Röhrs (S.), Smythe (D.), Hsieh (A.) & de Souza (M.) eds. IN SEARCH OF EQUALITY, women, law and society in Africa
252 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2014. R320
A collection of essays on women's rights in seven African countries: South Africa, Namibia, Malawi, Uganda, Nigeria, Rwanda and Côte d’Ivoire.

Contributions include:
"Challenges in litigation on gender issues in Namibia" by Dianne Hubbard
"Gender Equality in Customary Marriages in South Africa" by Mikateko Joyce Maluleke
"Ending Impunity for Hate Crimes Against Black Lesbians in South Africa" by Wendy Isaak.
Salo (E.) RESPECTABLE MOTHERS, TOUGH MEN AND GOOD DAUGHTERS, producing persons in Manenberg township South Africa
294pp., paperback, Mankon, 2018. R710
Examines how men and women in Manenberg define themselves through the practices of "ordentlikheid", or respectability. Manenberg is a township in Cape Town originally created for people classified Coloured by the apartheid government.

"The first to use the lens of respectability - ordenlikehied - in South African anthropology, Salo introduces us to the minutiae of quotidian life for those who self-define as unemployed and/or working class coloured men and women. Detailing the moral economy in Manenberg, she weaves locality, personhood (identity), respectability politics, hegemonic masculinity and intersectionality into an evocative text that resonates with authenticity and lucidity." Joy Owen, University of the Free State.

"Elaine Salo's book compels anthropology to rethink its method as theory and theory as ethics. It foregrounds the practice of living fieldwork - 'in which the field is home' - that defines her work and decades long commitment to mentorship, care, and advocacy of 'Others' that has reshaped the discipline." Anne-Marie Makhulu, Duke University, USA

South African anthropologist and feminist scholar Elaine Salo was Associate Professor in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware, USA. She died in 2016.
Samuelson (M.) REMEMBERING THE NATION, DISMEMBERING WOMEN?, stories of the South African transition
272 pp., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2007. R270
Examines fictional and autobiographical representations of women produced during the first decade of democracy in South Africa. Writers studied include Zoë Wicomb, J.M.Coetzee, Sindiwe Magona, Zakes Mda, Njabulo Ndebele, Elleke Boehmer, André Brink, Zubeida Jaffer and Mamphela Ramphele.

Meg Samuelson is a senior lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Stellenbosch.
Segall (K.) PERFORMING DEMOCRACY IN IRAQ AND SOUTH AFRICA, gender, media, and resistance
290pp., illus., hardback, d.w., New York, 2013. OUT OF STOCK
After twenty years of working with guerilla fighter in the Kurdish region of Iraq, refugees in Iran, interreligious groups in Morocco, and former political prisoners in South Africa, Kimberly Segall offers a view of how groups use media, art and popular culture to protest against injustice and to create new political identities.

"Segall engages some of the most innovative artists of contemporary South African theatre, including Brett Bailey, Yael Farber, and Nadia Davids. Performing artists' meditations on the complexities of post-apartheid democracy illuminate the gulf between South Africa's constitution, with its progressive aspirations for human rights, and the legacies of an apartheid past evident in persistent violence and socio-economic inequality today." Catherine Cole, author of "Performing South Africa's Truth Commission: stages of transition".
Sephodi (M.) MISS BEHAVE,
184pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R220
Malebo Sephodi writes about her struggle as a black woman tired of being 'well-behaved' and determined to live her own life.

Malebo Sephodi is the founder of Lady Leader, a platform for black women.
Shaikh (S.) SUFI NARRATIVES OF INTIMACY, Ibn 'Arabi, gender and sexuality
285 pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2012. R350
Also published in the USA.

Drawing especially on the works of Ibn al-'Arabi Sa'diyya Shaikh examines "ways in which Sufi metaphysics and theology might allow for fundamental shifts in Islamic gender ethics and legal formations" (from the back cover). She addresses questions around women's rights in marriage and divorce, the politics of veiling, and women's leadership of ritual prayer.

"A revolutionary work of scholarship. 'Sufi Narratives of Intimacy' should become the indispensable starting point for all theologically oriented studies of gender in Islam. This is a work that cannot be ignored - it should become a classic of Sufi studies." Vincent Cornell, Emory University

Sa'diyya Shaikh is senior lecturer in religious studies at the University of Cape Town.
Simbo (C.) LOVING THE AFRICAN MAN, for women, a must read for men
102 pp., paperback, Wandsbeck, 2013. R130
Lawyer and academic Chiedza Simbo discusses the issues facing African men and women in their relationships. This book is self-published.
Smythe (D.) RAPE UNRESOLVED, policing sexual offences in South Africa
316pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R325
Dee Smythe investigates the criminal justice response to rape in South Africa and uncovers "the fault line between the state's rhetorical commitment to addressing sexual violence through legal guarantees and the actual application of these laws" from the back cover

Dee Smythe is the Director of the Centre for Law and Society and Professor of Public Law in the Faculty of Law at the University of Cape Town. She co-edited "In Search of Equality: women, law and society in Africa", "Marriage, Land & Custom", "Sexual Offences Commentary" and "Should We Consent? Rape law reform in South Africa".
Soldaat (F.) UHAMBO, the life journey of Funeka Soldaat
108pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Khayelitsha, 2018. R280
Black lesbian and gender activist Funela Soldaat was born in 1961 on a farm in the Eastern Cape. She has worked as an outreach worker for Triangle Project and as an educator for Rape Crisis. In 2008 she co-founded Free Gender, an organisation mobilising and mentoring Black lesbians in Khayelitsha and other Western Cape townships.

"Uhambo is about a life dedicated to the struggle for Black people's liberation. In Funeka's world, this is also about gender, sexuality and bodily autonomy. In her journey as an African lesbian in South Africa is the challenge of self-discovery, self-love and acceptance. She carries this identity proudly as a freedom fighter, partner and activist. We can learn from her about community organising, developing a new generation of activists, and making government accountable to the constitutional promise." Zathy Matebeny, feminist scholar, activist and supporter of Free Gender
Stanley (L.) IMPERIALISM, LABOUR AND THE NEW WOMAN, Olive Schreiner's social theory
194pp., map, paperback, Durham, 2002. R550
A reconceptualisation of the scope and importance of Olive Schreiner's economic and political writings on South Africa, her ideas about genre and form, and her contribution as a feminist theorist.

Liz Stanley is Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester. She is co-editor of "The World's Great Question, Olive Schreiner's South African letters, 1889-1920" (2014).
Tamale (S.) ed. AFRICAN SEXUALITIES, a reader
656 pp., paperback, Oxford etc., 2011. R575
A collection of over sixty contributions by mostly African writers and thinkers on the plurality of African sexualities. Incorporates original research and analysis, life stories and fiction and poetry.

Essays include:
"TRACKS: researching sexualities walking abOUT the city of Johannesburg" by Zethu Matebeni
"'Getting the Nation Talking About Sex': reflections on the politics of sexuality and nation-building in post-apartheid South Africa" by Deborah Posel
"The 'Perils' of Sex and the Panics of Race: the dangers of interracial sex in colonial Southern Rhodesia" by Oliver Phillips
"Guilty Until Proven Innocent: politics versus the press in defence of reproductive rights in Zambia" by Wilma Nchito
"Sexuality, Gender and Disability in South Africa" by Washeila Sait, Theresa Lorenzo, Melissa Steyn and Mikki van Zyl
"The Realities of 'Choice' in Africa: implications for sexuality, vulnerability and HIV/AIDS" by Chi-Chi Undie
"Sangoma-hood, Abstinence and Celibacy among 'Tangoma' in Swaziland' by Hebron L.Ndlovu
"Through Zanele Muholi's Eyes: re/imagining ways of seeing Black lesbians" by Pumla Dineo Gqola

"Sylvia Tamale has given us a jewel of a book, drawing together a dazzling array of contributors from all over the continent to offer the most eloquent repudiation of the many myths about sexualities in Africa. This landmark collection deserves to be widely read." Professor Andrea Cornwall, School of Global Studies, University of Sussex

"This volume far surpasses its stated objective of 'amplifying the voices of Africans' by situating these in a critical and post-colonial feminist framework, offering profound insights into the troubling dynamics of power, domination, subjectivity and cultural liberation that variously affects the continent's people in today's globalising world. It gives voice to seismic shifts in the politics of sexuality that are currently taking place. Tamale's reputation as a courageous and highly accomplished feminist legal scholar and activist no doubt facilitated the stupendous outreach and research engagements that lie behind this volume." Professor Amina Mama, University of California-Davis

Sylvia Tamale is a feminist lawyer and scholar based at Makerere University in Uganda.
Tendayi (R.) HANDS OFF!, overcoming sexual harassment in the workplace
176pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2019. R190
Regina Tendayi describes the different techniques used by perpetrators of sexual harassment and offers practical suggestions on how to manage the issue in the workplace.

Regina Tendayi is Director Human Resources and Administration at Premier Service Medical Aid Society in Harare, Zimbabwe. She is the author of My Boss, the Bully.
Thomas (G.) THE SEXUAL DEMON OF COLONIAL POWER, Pan-African embodiment and erotic schemes of empire
200 pp., paperback, Bloomington, 2007. R225
Greg Thomas analyses the sexual politics of slavery, colonialism, and neo-colonialism as well as ideas about bodies and offers an anti-racist, anti-imperialist Pan-African approach to theory, fiction, cinema, and popluar culture.

Greg Thomas is Assistant Professor of English at Syracuse University and founder and editor of "Proud Flesh: new Afrikan journal of culture, politics, & consciousness".
Thomas (L.) BENEATH THE SURFACE, a transnational history of skin lighteners
352pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, First SA Edition, Johannesburg, 2020. R420
First published in the USA in 2020.

"Beneath the Surface is nothing short of a tour de force. Lynn M. Thomas’s ‘layered history’ does justice to the immensely difficult subject of skin lighteners. Carefully attending to the complex politics of race and color that are grounded in skin, Thomas at once provides a vibrant history of South Africa and a global history of commodity, beauty, and the body. This landmark study sets a new standard in the field." Julie Livingston, author of Self-Devouring Growth: a planetary parable as told from southern Africa

"Allowing for a comparative analysis over a period of time when the global relationships and meanings of skin color became tied to class, race, and racism, Beneath the Surface helps us understand the intense and long-standing interest whites and blacks have had in lightening the color of their skin despite the potential for severe health risks. There is simply no other book like it." Noliwe M. Rooks, author of Hair Raising: beauty, culture, and African American women

Lynn Thomas is Professor of HIstory at the University of Washington. She is the author of Politics of the Womb: women, reproduction, and the State in Kenya.
Thorpe (J.) ed. FEMINISM IS, South Africans speak their truth
318pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2018. R260
A collection of essays by South African feminist writers, including Ferial Haffajee, Gugulethu Mhlungu, Aaisha Dadi Patel, Rebecca Davis, Nomalanga Mkhize, Gabeba Baderoon, Genna Gardini, Pumla Dineo Gqola, and B Camminga.

"Fierce, incisive, compassionate and thoughtful. This is an essential collection of diverse voices." Lauren Beukes, author of "Zoo City", "The Shining Girls" and "Broken Monsters"
Tomson (A.) ALWAYS ANASTACIA, a transgender life in South Africa
206pp., paperback, Johnnesburg, 2016. R240
A memoir by Johannesbug doctor Anastacia Tomson about transitioning and being transgender.
Tshabangu (M.) FOOTPRINTS IN STONE, women and the Zenzele Movement in South Africa
256pp., paperback, Harare & Johannesburg, 2015. R325
Mango Tshabangu discusses the growth of the Zenele (do it yourself) philosophy and practice among women in South Africa. Zenele clubs were founded in the Eastern Cape in the 1920s by mission-educated African women who sought to improve the lives of rural women by focusing on womens' resilience and leadership, the power of education and training for income-generation, and solidarity across class and ethnic divides.

Mango Tshabangu worked as a journalist for the Sunday Times and was a member of the management team of World Newspapers.
van der Walt (H.) ARE YOU TWO SISTERS?, a memoir
127pp., paperback, First English Language Edition, Cape Town, 2019. R200
Originally published in Afrikaans in 2017. Translated into English by Suenel Bruwer-Holloway.

"It's a story of a terrible time. A testimony to the power of the human spirit, even in a weak, sickly body, and in the love that overcomes all. It's full of fine observation and humour. It's simply a lovely little book; it was as if there had always been a gap in me waiting to be filled with the knowledge of two brave women who, without fuss, unmoved, followed their hearts, kept their principles and did what their hands found to do to relieve others' suffering." Deborah Steinmair, LitNet

A memoir by poet and author Hester van der Walt focusing on her 50 year relationship with her partner, Lies Hoogendoorn. Hester van der Walt lives in McGregor and is the author of "Hester se Brood", published in English as "Hester's Book of Bread".
Watson (J.) & Gouws (A.) eds. NASTY WOMEN TALK BACK, feminist essays on the global women's marches
150pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2018. R195
Contributions include:
"Pussies Are Not For Grabbing!" by Joy Watson
"My Arms Are Tired of Holding This Sign" by Amanda Gouws
"I'm So Tired of Mediocre Men Running Things" by Rebecca Davis
"Oh No, You Can't Go to Heaven in a Broke Down Car" by Anastasia Slamat
"Walking Tall, Walking Together" by Jen Thorpe
"To Whom It May Concern" by Christi van der Westhuizen
"Thoughts on Rape, Race and Reconstituting Subjectivity" by Rebecca Helman
"Double Stigmas" by Layla Al-Zubaidi
"Stuck in the Margins: women in prison in Africa" by Lillian Artz.

Amanda Gouws is Professor of Political Science at Stellebosch University. She holds a South African Research Chair Initiative (SARChl) Chair in Gender Politics.
Joy Watson is currently Chair of the Board of the Women on Farms Project and is undertaking a PhD on rape and public policy formulation at Stellenbosch University.
Windvogel (K.) & Koopman (K-E.) comps. THEY CALLED ME QUEER,
240pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2019. R250
A collection of essays written by Africans who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA+).

Includes contributions by Shelley Barry, Haji Mohamed Dawjee, Lwando Scott, Ling Sheperd, Maneo Mohale, Chase Rhys, Wanelisa Xaba, Jamil F. Khan, Khanya Kemami, Janine Adams and Craig Lucas.

"This is a celebration, this is rage, this is love. The stories are as devastating as they are exhilarating. I see myself in so many of these pages - across the entire spectrum, and there's nothing as affirming as seeing oneself through the eyes of your siblings. I am fulfilled." Bev Ditsie, co-founder of the Gay and Lesbian Organisation of the Witwatersrand

"Deeply moving, unapologetically and outrageously queer. Raw, honest and sprinkled with vulnerability." Letihogonolo Mokogoroane, policy and advocacy fellow, Sonke Gender Justice

Kim Windvogel is a poet, United Nations fellow through global LGBTQI organisation Outright International, and Director of Freedom of Education Motivates Empowerment (FEMME) projects. She lives in Cape Town.
Kelly-Eve Koopman is one of the co-creators of the online platform Coloured Mentality and author of Because I Couldn't Kill You.
Zerai (A.) HYPERMASCULINITY, STATE VIOLENCE, AND FAMILY WELL-BEING IN ZIMBABWE, an Africana feminist analysis of maternal and child health
228pp., maps, paperback, Trenton, 2014. R350
“Exaggerated masculinity and state violence have long been close companions, the unsavory duo a grave danger to the health and wellbeing of women and children, especially. Assata Zerai’s searching analysis of postcolonial Zimbabwe artfully unpacks that companionship. The chilling consequences – in maternal and child mortality, malnutrition, and physical and emotional health – are here displayed in a rare synthesis of quantitative methodology and feminist analysis, Africana feminist analysis. It is a singular achievement that will command attention across the social and human sciences, from Africanists, feminists, and scholars of the African diaspora, among others. Through it all, the author’s gaze is firmly fixed on the general reader. Zerai has at once made a unique contribution to scholarship and struggle—the struggle against the multiple and related forms of oppression her book highlights, in and out of Zimbabwe.”
—Michael West, Professor of Africana Studies, Sociology and History at Binghamton University

Assata Zerai is Associate Professor of Sociology anf African Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.