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Ungovernable | Milisuthando Bongela

She is self-affirmed, walking to nobody’s tune but her own. She rejects conformity and seeks only her own truth. She is ungovernable, and just the kind of woman we love. In the second of a series of interviews with these remarkable women, we speak to the righteously militant MS. MILISUTHANDO BONGELA.   Noted Man (NM): In…

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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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Navigating gender and sexuality: know your CIS from your TRANS

Illustration of hands and banners around gender equality

To be true allies in the dismantling of patriarchy, men need to unlearn a lot of things, and unlearning requires a lot of learning. We need to learn,  for example, how our cis-het* status benefits us, in order to unlearn our privilege. But there are so many jargon-y sounding words surrounding feminist and queer theory;…

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Justice deferred and the assassination of Thomas Sankara

Thomas Sankara

On what would have been his 66th Birthday, we remember Thomas Sankara, The Upright Man. The founding president of Burkina Faso who was a man of the people, champion of accountable governance, political humility and gender parity, was assassinated on October 15, 1987 in a conspiracy widely understood to have been led by his closest confidante, Blaise…

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Sobukwe’s uneasy sleep

Robert Sobukwe

  As we observe what would have been Pan Africanist Congress of Azania founding President Robert Sobukwe’s 91st birthday, MR SIPHIWE MPYE writes him a note on the state of his beloved Azania. Dear Prof. “We are witnesses today of cold and calculated brutality and bestiality, the desperate attempts of a dying generation to stay…

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Editorial | a noted.man takes his place*

Noted man contributors

Welcome to noted.man, a destination founded on ongoing conversations with gentlemen on the African continent and the Diaspora. These conversations regularly unpack masculinities, identity, society, art, culture, style and the political economy. While we are launching as a multimedia platform based in South Africa, we consider ourselves very much a Pan-African lifestyle brand. Because of my…

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Ungovernable | Mathahle Stofile

Noted Man Mathahle Stofile

She is self-affirmed, walking to nobody’s tune but her own. She rejects conformity and seeks only her own truth. She is ungovernable, and just the kind of woman we love. In the first of a series of interviews with these remarkable women, we start at home, with noted.man grooming contributor, MS. MATHAHLE STOFILE.   Noted…

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Braamfontein | (up)settting the status quo

Braamfontein

Cited by some as a model of the kind of free-thinking, free-roaming, freely interactive non-racial South Africa of Mandela’s promise, Braamfontein, Johannesburg is a throng of culture, fashion and enterprise. Yet below this model exterior, argues MR LEE MOLEFI,  lie patterns of inequitous cultural and material ownership. Car hooters blare. Spirited movement in every direction entraps your…

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Fe-MEN-ism | suspicion and the benefit of the doubt

Male feminism – while a popular and welcome trend in recent years, with movie stars and r&b singers nailing their colours to the mast – is still  fraught with complexity, insincerity and suspicion. MS. ALUWANI RATSHIUNGO argues that while some men use feminism for their own gain, the benefit of the doubt goes a long way.  Male advocacy of feminism has, for a…

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