The important thing to remember here is that, because she is white, she can be a racist. But because she is a woman, she cannot be a sexist. She’s missed the lesson on intersectionality, obviously. It’s not that rape is part of South African black culture. Its that rape is part of male culture. Everywhere…all the time… in every corner of the globe…whether its in South Africa, Canada, Japan or Lichtenstein. Its all the same, everywhere, all the time. Right?
..and that, people, is your ‘intersectionality’ lesson for the day.
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A white South African judge has been condemned after comments emerged in which she suggested rape is part of black culture.
High Court Judge Mabel Jansen made the remarks in Facebook messages to social justice activist Gillian Schutte.
Referring to black people, Ms Jansen wrote: “In their culture a woman is there to pleasure them. Period.
“It is seen as an absolute right and a woman’s consent is not required.”
Ms Jansen, who sits in the High Court in Pretoria, added: “I still have to meet a black girl who was not raped at about 12. I am dead serious.”
“Murder is also is not a biggy. And gang rapes of baby, daughter and mother (are) a pleasurable pastime.”
The comments were made around a year ago, but they resurfaced at the weekend in a Facebook post by Ms Schutte.
Petitions have since been launched to remove her as a judge amid a social media storm.
Local media reported that Ms Jansen was not responding to questions as her husband died on Saturday.
On Monday, she said on Twitter that she had been “taken completely out of context”.
“What I stated confidentially to somebody in a position to help has been taken completely out of context and referred to specific court cases,” she said.
Ms Schutte claims the comments were made in public posts and were not part of a private conversation.
“Mabel Jansen did not contact me for advice on victims as she claims. She joined in a fb debate and then inboxed me on same day,” she said on Twitter.
Political parties have rushed to condemn Ms Jansen’s remarks.
The opposition Democratic Alliance party said the comments were “not only hurtful and demeaning”, but undermined “the dignity of our people”.
It said it would report the comments to South Africa’s Judicial Services Commission to investigate whether she breached her judicial oath.
The women’s league of the ruling African National Congress also criticised the judge.
“Her comments made on Facebook where she claims that the rape of young children is part of black culture, are purely racist and misrepresentation of facts about black culture,” it said.