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Catching Tadpoles
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AuthorRonnie Kasrils
Pub. Date26 Mar 2020

Ronnie Kasrils’s memoir reflects on compelling questions as to what turned a white youngster from a modest background into a life-long revolutionary of note. A tiny minority who abandoned a life of privilege were the antithesis of conventionality and toeing the line. What made those such as Kasrils break all the rules and confront white power with such courage, unbridled spirit and yearning for the truth?

This is a challenging and fascinating conundrum but Kasrils will claim he is no aberration of history. The answers to that question, which unravel through twenty years, will beguile readers as he peers back with endearing frankness into the origins and experiences of his formative years.

A Yeoville-born boykie with Yiddish roots; heartfelt empathy for the underdog; an instinctive rejection of authoritarianism in school and wider society were influences informing his adult life as revolutionary activist.

With a remarkable memory and flair for the written and spoken word the narrative revels in the social, sexual and political awakening of a roguish boy’s adventures with girls, rock music, bohemian culture and leaping across the colour barrier.

Ronnie Kasrils is author of Armed & Dangerous, which has been translated into German, Russian and Spanish, A Simple Man and the Alan Paton Award-winning The Unlikely Secret Agent, which has been translated into French. A commander in Umkhonto weSizwe from its inception in 1961 until 1990, he served in government from 1994 to his resignation as minister for intelligence in 2008. He describes himself as a social activist and lives in Johannesburg.

Feminist Fathering/Fathering Feminists
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AuthorNicole L. Willey and Dan Friedman
Pub. Date02 May 2020

Feminist Fathering/Fathering Feminists is a collection that interrogates several things at once.  First, we have had to struggle with basic definitions. What is fathering practice, and who can be a father?  Fathering in all its guises is in the process of transformation, as fathers are both more involved with their families than before, but also still largely considered inferior to mothers in most ways.  And who is a father?

 At first glance this seems simple, but of course it is not. Transgender fathers, lesbian fathers, non-cishet fathers, nonbiological fathers, and fathers who fulfill the role without legally adopting their children are all at play in real families today. The expansion of fathers as involved, nurturing parents can benefit families as a whole as well as the individuals in the family, and could help lead us out of the gender role inequality our society has not been able to overcome.  The realization that fathers can, do, and should provide carework in their families and with their children, will help free everyone from forced gender roles and the reproduction of traditional gender roles. However, while active fathering should help mothers ultimately have less of the burden of parenting, and while it most certainly helps children and fathers themselves, it does run the risk of reifying carework as feminized and private.

 If the work of parenting is solely the individual’s responsibility, then it will always be undervalued instead of being given appropriate societal supports for the important work that it is. For this reason, feminist theory must be a part of the formula for fathers and fathering practice that breaks out of patriarchal modes.  While the feminisms being utilized and discussed by our contributors are not monolithic, we have given preference to intersectional feminism as a way to untangle and enlighten our analysis of fathers. In this collection we are committed to uncovering, analyzing, and transforming oppressions where we find them; we are also interested in the ways in which feminists, and feminist fathers in particular, commit to undoing the Patriarchy in not only their own homes, but in our shared communities and world.  This is a tough job for all parents, and one in which, as will be explored, perfection is not possible. But in our imperfect ways, we, and the fathers we are, study, and emulate, are working toward gender equality in and through parenting practice.

Which Side is Up?
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Pub. Date26 Mar 2020

“I do believe that cartoons have a second life in other forms – especially now with the internet – and then they have a third life in books; they become a historical thing.” – Zapiro

What would life be like without a Daily Maverick dose of Zapiro? Where would we be without the illumination, the spicy crispy wit, the cutting, the clever, the way of showing us the politicians and life in South Africa with a dose of humour and more than a dash of satire?

Zapiro’s annual offering is our duplicity warning, our canary in the coalmine, our national conscience. Exposing and revealing, brilliantly appealing, Zapiro does it again!

About the Author: Zapiro works as the editorial cartoonist for Daily Maverick. Previously he was editorial cartoonist for the Sunday Times (1998–2018), the Mail & Guardian (1994–2016), The Times (May 2009–2016), the Sowetan (1994–2005), the Cape Argus (1996–1997), and the Cape Times, The Star, The Mercury and Pretoria News (2005–2008). He has published 23 best-selling annuals as well as WTF: Capturing Zuma – A cartoonist’s tale, The Mandela Files, VuvuzelaNation (a collection of his sporting cartoons) and DemoCrazy (a collection of his cartoons spanning the 20 years of SA’s democracy).

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