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LA Times “corrective rape” article

Timothy Kincaid

May 31st, 2011

South Africa is a nation with a foot in both the future and the past. With marriage equality and protections for gay people in the constitution, it is a lesson to its neighbors. But outside of the major cities, gay people suffer the same threats and indignities as most elsewhere on the continent.

Robyn Dixon, writing for the LA Times, draws attention to the “corrective rape” of lesbians that is often found in the township.

In South African townships there’s a crime dubbed “corrective rape,” rape to “cure” lesbians, and sometimes gay men and transsexuals. They are told they are being taught a lesson: how to be a real woman or man, survivors say.

“They say, ‘We’ll sort you out. At the end of the day, you are a woman. You have to find a man.’ They feel that being gay is not African and we are bringing another culture to the community,” says Ntsupe Mohapi, 38, a gay activist in Kwa-Thema who has been threatened and taunted, but not attacked.

(Note: Dixon – like most press coverage – errs in a mention about the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill.)

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Eddie89
May 31st, 2011 | LINK

Reminds me of the native American cultures here in the Americas. Prior to the arrival of the Christians and their attempts to bring the heathens out of their idolatry, they had worked out the whole lgbt issue.

They allowed them to live amongst them as they were created and they had roles to play in their societies. In some tribes, fairly significant roles.

So, I wonder if the African natives are acting this way because of their current Christian beliefs and what were their customs and practices prior to the arrival of Christianity?

John
June 1st, 2011 | LINK

I agree with Eddie89. This African tradition against LGBT only goes back to the beginning of European colonization with their forced indoctrination of Christianity. Prior to that most African history was oral and most of it has been lost or forgotten. At least Native Americans have been able to hold on to a lot of theirs.

anteros
June 3rd, 2011 | LINK

A gay South African psychologist provides some insight into the disturbing phenomenon of corrective rape on his blog:

http://www.gayguywithabrain.blogspot.com/2010/09/inside-rapists-head.html

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