Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Pushing Boundaries

Maybe this is why some people are afraid of us, feel threatened. We do push against ‘traditional’ borders and restrictions. What do you think of this?


Last Updated: August 28, 2009
SOUTH AFRICA - 28 August 2009: Given Seoketsi, 18, a pupil at the Kwena Molapo Comprehensive Farm School in Lion Park, was expelled for wearing a dress to school.
Seoketsi said the school principal Michael Madikane asked if he was a boy or a girl. H e replied that he was “a gay” and the principal told him to bring his mother with him when school reopened to discuss his sexual orientation.
His mother Neisi Seoketsi said the principal said that her child had to choose to be either a boy or a girl because the school only had classes for boys and girls.
Neisi said she told the principal that her son was born like that.
“My son did not like playing with boys and preferred girls . He wanted dresses though we tried to force him to wear trousers.”
The Department of Education has intervened.
Department spokesperson Nanagolo Leopeng said they were doing everything in their power to ensure that he returns to school immediately.


Leonard said...

Talk about tearing down boundries...can you imagine if students could wear anygender clothing to school? Well, earrings, necklaces, toe rings, bracelets, scarves, gloves have been unisex favorites for too (eye brow plucking, tanning solutions, blush, eyelash dyes)...what about the ¨pants suits¨ (often tuxedo styling), cowboy jeans, Italian pointed 3/4 boots, stretch everthing? Underwear silk, satin, boxers (for ladies) or none? Wraps, sarongs, Monkwraps, Orombi/Akinola Outfits with matching crowns, togas, pajama pants/tops (I really like the African ones but yet to own a pair)...caps, hats, scarves (tied around head)...surely...sales would skyrocket and the recession/depression would be a thing of the past...I do own a Caftan and a couple of nightshirts (almost never on public display though).

JulieHollins85 said...

I am completely appalled after reading this about the restrictions your country places on gender stereotyping. How do you feel about this? Do you know that in other countries (such as the United State) a man such as Michael Madikane, could be sued and taken to court for this type of discrimination? Sometimes people are one thing, yet feel as if they are something else, and that should be okay. I am sure you agree with me. It saddens my heart to know that the progression of acceptance is so behind. Unfortunately, until people stop being scared about what they don't know things will continue to stay the same. I keep you in my heart, and hope you continue to share your journey.

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