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Ed’s Journal: On Vulnerability

Vulnerability is all the rage, a trend* punted by society, podcasts, vlogs, Op Eds and after dinner drink talk for all men to embrace. Yet, our Editor Mr Siphiwe Mpye writes, those who preach it, are seldom ready for it. Vulnerability is complex. At once encouraging when you realise how much of your daily existence requires…

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The limitations of outrage in the absence of answers

In a recent issue of the Mail & Guardian’s excellent ‘Friday’ Arts supplement dedicated to the question of masculinity, our editor MR SIPHIWE MPYE contributed a deeply personal account of his path in being part of the solution to gender based violence. We publish here an updated version. “South African men are trash, that’s who we are. If we don’t…

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“I love you, man” | Male fragility and those four little words.

Tow mature men embrace. Close up.

In a weekend when the words “I love you” will be on lovers’ lips a lot more than usual, we take a different look at these contentious three little words. MR MAJOLA MAJOLA has had occasion to think about this recently, as two men ‘in’ his life gave him altogether different experiences with the phrase.   The…

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