Vox Pop: : What do you think of the Department of Arts and Culture’s wear a doek campaign?

“I think the whole point of feminism has kind of been lost because feminism in essence is about women being anything they want to be. It’s not about women in a doek, it’s about women being nothing less than a man. We are all first of all human beings, and to make our “womanity” the reason why we should be special is kind of underestimating us because it’s perpetuating inferiority and I think they [the department] are losing the point. If you want to celebrate Women’s month, don’t make the women-ness of her the only thing that makes her special. She is great, she is brain, and she is soul, before she is woman.” Nonkululeko Mntambo, 1st year PPE. Photo: Thabile Manala

“I think the whole point of feminism has kind of been lost because feminism in essence is about women being anything they want to be. It’s not about women in a doek, it’s about women being nothing less than a man. We are all first of all human beings, and to make our “womanity” the reason why we should be special is kind of underestimating us because it’s perpetuating inferiority and I think they [the department] are losing the point. If you want to celebrate Women’s month, don’t make the women-ness of her the only thing that makes her special. She is great, she is brain, and she is soul, before she is woman.”
Nonkululeko Mntambo, 1st year PPE.
Photo: Thabile Manala

“I think it’s pretty cool because it shows that we are supporting women around the world and that we as women stand together.” Lameez Milan Davids 1st year BA Photo: Thabile Manala

“I think it’s pretty cool because it shows that we are supporting women around the world and that we as women stand together.”
Lameez Milan Davids 1st year BA
Photo: Thabile Manala

“In the olden days, for me a doek was a way of femininity so it was a good thing because women were supposed to be respectful and all that shit, but today for me it’s a fashion statement. If you’re a woman, embrace your femininity because this is your world. Take it.” Laganja Lerouge 2nd year BEd Photo: Thabile Manala

“In the olden days, for me a doek was a way of femininity so it was a good thing because women were supposed to be respectful and all that shit, but today for me it’s a fashion statement. If you’re a woman, embrace your femininity because this is your world. Take it.”
Laganja Lerouge 2nd year BEd
Photo: Thabile Manala

“It’s a symbol of feminism and, not only is it a fashion statement, but it is also a way in which you can be proud of your traditions. It’s just something you take pride in by being a woman.” Katleho Porota 2nd year BA Photo: Thabile Manala

“It’s a symbol of feminism and, not only is it a fashion statement, but it is also a way in which you can be proud of your traditions. It’s just something you take pride in by being a woman.”
Katleho Porota 2nd year BA
Photo: Thabile Manala

“I appreciate the sentiment in terms of, I suppose, they are embracing women, but at the same time I’m more like: does a doek define a woman? Is that the only thing that they could be, like: “Okay this is something that accentuates womanhood?” I just think there are other things they could have done. I think a doek might be a little dated and too specific, you know. So I think they could have done something a little more encompassing and not restricting and dated.” Refiloe Seiboko, 3rd year BA Photo: Thabile Manala

“I appreciate the sentiment in terms of, I suppose, they are embracing women, but at the same time I’m more like: does a doek define a woman? Is that the only thing that they could be, like: “Okay this is something that accentuates womanhood?” I just think there are other things they could have done. I think a doek might be a little dated and too specific, you know. So I think they could have done something a little more encompassing and not restricting and dated.”
Refiloe Seiboko, 3rd year BA
Photo: Thabile Manala

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