Creative Vox Pops: How have normative gender roles influenced you?
Psychology student, Manale Makuse, 23, looks at mannequins in a Refinery shop window, noting the differences in mainstream fashion and his own personal style. “I kind of work against these norms and trying in my own ways not to conform, through the way I dress and wear my hair,” says Manale. © Thandiwe Matyobeni
Economics Honours student, Siviwe Mhlana, 22, feels as though no matter how hard she works to succeed in a coroporate world, she will always be seen as a woman who is out of the kitchen and in turn out of her comfort zone. “Women in the workplace need to be ten times better and work ten times harder than any man, just to be seen as equal to him, and still not better than,” says Siviwe. © Thandiwe Matyobeni
Journalism Masters student, Tamuka Masinire, works hard at his desk. There’s a lot of competition in the workplace and as a man, he feels as though he needs to always try to be the best at what he does. © Thandiwe Matyobeni
“I feel as though I don’t have a face or an identity, I’m just the girl who must clean.” 2nd Year Journalism Masters student, Chichalu Mwanakatwe, 25, feels as though being born a girl has automatically decided her place in this world. “All of a sudden found myself having to get up early not for school but to sweep the house and after dinner when everyone just wants to lay on the couch and pass out, I couldn’t; I would have to clear the table, wash the dishes,” reflects Chichalu as she does her daily chores. © Thandiwe Matyobeni
“I went to a girl school and the boys school got prioritized.” Student, Abby Meakins, 23, reflects on how women are marginalised in society, at a vigil held at Rhodes University on 9 August 2016. The vigil was held as an act against rape culture and to acknowledge those affected by rape and sexual violence. © Thandiwe Matyobeni
Being the macho, alpha-male at the bar can get exhausting, quickly. Media Management student, Patrick Salomao, says, “[Stereotypes] dictate my actions and the roles I play related to my sexual orientation and how I act as a heterosexual man especially in regards to women.” Patrick attempts to portray the absurdity of having to fulfil these roles at a bar in Postgrad Village, Grahamstown. © Thandiwe Matyobeni
Psychology student, Rachel Song, 23, does the unthinkable; she poses for a photograph without completing her daily make-up routine. “If you see a guy and he is very messy and hasn’t washed his hair, and is wearing comfortable clothes and slippers or flip flops people say, ja its fine. But as soon as a girl does the same people are judging. People assume she’s hangover or sick or something and that’s pressurizing stereotypes for girls.” © Thandiwe Matyobeni
Accounting Honours student, David Sole, 33, feels the pressures of being a man. “I feel so much pressure to have to work hard, physically to be strong and be able to protect my family. I am studying to have a career that I know will make a lot of money because I want to be able to provide for a family that I don’t even have yet,” says David. © Thandiwe Matyobeni
Eight students share how they are affect and challenged by normative gender roles imposed on them by society.