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An African view of women as sexual objects as a concern for gender equality: A critical study

Elijah M. Baloyi
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 31, No 1 | a380 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v31i1.380 | © 2010 Elijah M. Baloyi | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 04 March 2010 | Published: 17 November 2010


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Abstract

South African society consists of people who value honour, respect and dignity. One of the most worrying factors in our democratic country is the escalation of sex-related violations like rape, sexual harassment and sexual abuse. According to media reports, the rape and abuse of women are daily occurrences. Statistics also suggest that most marriages will at some point need to resolve the emotional trauma resulting from an extra-marital affair. It is imperative that whilst the police are trying to get the culprits into custody, we as a society should help to find out what has gone so wrong that the beautiful gift of a sexual relationship is being abused and degraded by the people. This delicate issue may be an indication of the influence of patriarchal systems in some African cultures. Rape statistics reveal that most of the perpetrators are well-known members of a community. There are many possible reasons why our society is facing this challenge; however, this study will explore the view that women are considered as sexual objects and how this perspective reveals itself as the cause of sexual offences.

Keywords

gender equality; sexual objects; clitoridectomy; rape; lust

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