We’re Not All Created Equal Even When It Comes to Sports

We’re Not All Created Equal Even When It Comes to Sports

Well the World Cup came and went almost in the blink of an eye but at the same time there was something not quite up to scratch in the way that the country was summarily portrayed for the outside world. Uppermost in my mind as the very fact that the hierarchy of the game merely wanted to have the event staged in order to show the rest of the world that the country of South Africa had overcome the vast abhorrence known as apartheid . That being said having watched segment of ESPN’s E 60 was appalled to find out that female participants in the game of soccer were being summarily gang raped if there was merely a hint of those players being lesbians . Many of the female victims were in fact lesbians and even with the cultural differences this shouldn’t be of any relevance for these women choosing to participate in a sport (soccer) that’s as beloved worldwide .

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Courtesy of ESPN

Female athletes often targets for rape

By Jeremy Schaap and Beein Gim ‘E:60′

KWA THEMA, South Africa — In the small, neat home she shares with a husband she describes as a broken man, Mally Simelane talks about her daughter, Eudy , who two years ago was gang-raped and stabbed to death.

“These children are ours,” she says, her hands folded across her kitchen table. “The gays and lesbians. I mean, we must accept our children. What they like, it’s up to them. We are not God to stop them.”

But there are those who are trying to stop them. And to punish them. To scare them. To change them. To “correct” them.

At the time of her murder, Eudy Simelane was almost a decade removed from her career on the South African women’s national soccer team. But at 31, she had become a well-respected youth coach, a passionate ambassador for the game she loved. Everyone knew she was gay.

At Eudy’s grave — not far from the creek where her tormentors dumped her mutilated corpse — Mally says, “I look at her picture. Then pray. Cry. Talk to her. Telling her, ‘I miss you.’”

The rationale?

For an act of such violence and malice, it’s called something so clinical: “corrective rape.”

“The phenomenon of corrective rape is based on the mistaken belief that through the violent act of rape, you can alter someone’s orientation, you can alter their identity,” says Jody Kollapen, the former chairman of the South African Human Rights Commission, a governmental organization. “The rationale would be that a woman who chooses to be lesbian has surely not had a relationship with a man, and therefore, if she has a relationship with a man, even if it’s a violent, forced one, that will surely convince her that the lifestyle she chose is inappropriate.”

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Now for those women who weren’t lesbians they were still subject to sexual assaults merely for associating with other women just happen to be of very different sexual orientation. The government of South Africa while being democratic still has long way to go in making all elements of its society placed on an equal footing. Apartheid, as a practice was horrendous in of itself but now sexual assaults on women merely because of their orientation? Clearly the message sent is one of intolerance by those who commit these heinous acts but at the same time whatever one’s moral or religious beliefs there s no way that one can condone those acts being appropriate in today’s society, Certainly not by any stretch of one’s imagination at this moment in time. When those actions did not lead to the women abating ther desires then their ritual rape and murder weren’t out of the question. There have been several such incidents that’ve cropped up cross the country . Many of the crimes in question have ether gone unsolved or un-investigated as the various law enforcement agencies have sought ways to divest themselves of the time to carry out a full investigation. Needless to say, humanitarian voices are now coming into play and forcing Jacob Zuma and his government to take a position on this all and be proactive..

South African President Jacob Zuma no stranger to controversy himself having been tried and acquitted of rape has been less then amenable to the plight of these victims. But then again what should one expect from man whose alleged victim was in fact a teenage girl? . Zuma would even make a provocative statement suggesting that the victim needed sex in order to learn what it was like to know what the pleasure of having a man inside of her meant. Needless to say those remarks by the President have come back to haunt him even to this day.

Courtesy of The Guardian UK

Raped and killed for being a lesbian: South Africa ignores ‘corrective’ attacks

• Women living in fear of brutal assaults by male gangs
• Country’s ‘macho politics’ lead to lack of action

By Annie Kelly of The Guardian UK

The partially clothed body of Eudy Simelane, former star of South Africa’s acclaimed Banyana Banyana national female football squad, was found in a creek in a park in Kwa Thema, on the outskirts of Johannesburg. Simelane had been gang-raped and brutally beaten before being stabbed 25 times in the face, chest and legs. As well as being one of South Africa’s best-known female footballers, Simelane was a voracious equality rights campaigner and one of the first women to live openly as a lesbian in Kwa Thema.

Her brutal murder took place last April, and since then a tide of violence against lesbians in South Africa has continued to rise. Human rights campaigners say it is characterised by what they call “corrective rape” committed by men behind the guise of trying to “cure” lesbians of their sexual orientation.

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It’s bad enough that women are now subjected to numerous atrocities and degradations without now having a government that literally condones these actions nd who remain ominously silent when confronted or questioned on the matter. It is as if Jacob Zuma takes pride in such things. It’s bad enough that the country itself still remains the epicenter for the HIV-aids pandemic across the continent of Africa. Perhaps this too is also lost on Zuma and his government ?

What might be also be even more pertinent here is the very fact that while soccer’s governing body has gone out of its way to fight the rising tide of racism within the sport. Under Joseph “Sepp” Blatter’s leadership there has been very little done by the FIFA President and its members (FIFA ). Which begs the question if he’s unwilling to do anything other than merely suborn what has taken place long before the event was awarded to the country and knowing full well that this was all going on ? How can the game and ts hierarchy live with itself knowing that this continues and was taking place but yet they too also chose to remain silent ? .

Now while the sport of soccer has been something I’ve long loved since childhood. I know for a fact that there is an underbelly to the sport that once it rears its ugly head then others for some reason choose to run away from the ugliness rather than face the truth. They say that the truth shall set you free but freedom for these victims has been something of a myth . Because no one seems to care at all about ther plight . Sadly when your own government can’t show any concern then it gives credence to the fact that society as we know it is indeed changing for the worse and not for the better. Were these homosexual male victims would they be treated any differently and would in fact FIFA be taking a completely different stance altogether ?

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NB: Should you at all be interested in the subject matter then click on the link provided below to read up on the piece shown by the cable network.

Female athletes often targets for rape ………… . The segment itself was conducted and produced by noted ESPN journalist Jeremy Schaap .

Alan aka tophatal ………………….

Eve ……………………..”Love is Blind

~ by Alan aka tophatal .... on July 27, 2010.

13 Responses to “We’re Not All Created Equal Even When It Comes to Sports”

  1. Sad story Al. I hope that they do something to help out these women, but have a feeling they aren’t all that worried about it…

    • chappy

      No one from FIFA much less the government there in the country is all that concerned . You’d think however with the HIV-pandemic they’d want to put a stop to these atrocities ? Jacob Zuma on the other hand is a misogynist !

      :)

      tophatal ………. :)

  2. Wow I guess I never realized how serious this was.

    Sometimes in the world’s most beautiful places, you can find humanity at its ugliest. I’m not sure why, but it’s a gift and curse type of a thing.

    Bonus Question: How does rape “cure” anyone?

    Meehan

    • Meehan

      Doesn’t cure anyone that’s just the old archaic belief system there in the country. Look at the President there acquitted of raping a 15 yr old school girl even after he damn well bragged bout what he’d done. What does that indicate to you ? Nelson Mandela would be ashamed of this all !

      Misogynist and rapist

      FIFA on the other hand are too f_ck_ng stupid for ther own good. They speak bout racism within the game but simply do nothing bout incidents such as this . They long with Sepp Blatter were fully aware of this all. But they chose to keep ever so silent on the matter.

      tophatal ………… :)

  3. I will pray for the victims of this so called corrective rape and let God be the judge of those that are guilty of this atrocity.

    • aero

      All the praying in the world mightn’t stop something that has now become so prevalent across the globe. It’s now happening here too in the US.

      :)

      tophatal ………… :)

  4. Strong piece, Al.

    • Chris Humpherys

      This is the other side of sports that tends to be ignored by everyone. Not even FIFA wants to address the issue and it affects their sport right to the very grain . Sepp Blatter is an ignoramus . As for the President Jacob Zuma what else can be said about the guy ?

      Everyone wants to write rosy pieces of bulls_*t when it comes to sports without going outside of their comfort zone. Kind of sad really but that’s what happens when those people are unenlightened to begin with.

      tophatal ………… :)

  5. FIFA won’t do anything unless there’s a financial stake involved. Take a trivial matter like replay during the World Cup, when mistakes were made daily. Their initial reaction to the plethora of bad calls was to not only say that nothing would be done, but they BANNED REPLAY IN THE STADIUM!!! That was, until they heard sportswriters say “This thinking will keep American audiences (i.e. more money-makers to help FIFA add a couple more billion in revenue) from wanting to watch soccer.”. Then Blatter said essentially “We’ll look into replay, and add a goal-line ref.”

    It’s the same kind of thinking here; since these “corrective rapes” don’t take away from their profits (and their prevention doesn’t add to it), FIFA will ignore it. And the truth is that I doubt anybody (or any group or country) else will pay enough attention to stop it, either.

    • David

      FIFA much like MLB is being ran by a bunch of buffoons nd ignoramuses . Is it any wonder that neither can be taken seriously ? Corrective rapes what frigging idiot came up with that scenario in the country ? Since when did a s female find rape desirable wherein she’d feel her self esteem would be fulfilled by such an act ? That’s the sort of misogynist bullsh_t that’s now happening the whole world over !

      This is how fu%k_d up the world has now become !

      FIFA doesn’t want to adopt new technology because they feel that it takes away from the human element of the game . To me that’s utter crap !

      COLUMN: Although sadistically satisfying, Rape-aXe isn’t enough to stop rape

      BY Amanda Woytus

      It’s time to hang up your vuvuzela. The World Cup is over.

      Being the sports fan that I am not, I only read a handful of news articles about the World Cup. Most of these reads resulted from my piqued curiosity after someone told me about Rape-aXe, a female condom equipped with sharp barbs that catch rapists’ penises, and how 30,000 of them were being distributed to women during the World Cup because of the high rape rate in South Africa.

      Rape-aXe was developed by Sonnet Ehlers, a South African woman who worked as a blood transfusion technician, after she treated a woman who had been raped. Rape-aXe’s website states that Ehlers was inspired to create the condom after the woman told Ehlers, “If only I had teeth down there.”

      So, Ehlers did just that. She created a latex female condom with teeth that is inserted with an applicator, much like a tampon. After the condom has latched onto the rapist, it must be removed surgically by a doctor, which essentially incriminates the rapist. The condom’s barbs don’t pierce the skin, so there’s no risk of bleeding that could lead to contracting a sexually transmitted disease, such as HIV, but they are also painful enough to stop the rapist from being able to walk or urinate.

      My initial thought about Rape-aXe: Awesome. Rapists deserve the punishment it dishes out. Yes, Rape-aXe looks like a medieval torture device, but as Ehlers states, ” … it’s for a medieval deed that has been around for decades.” After recently watching the movie “Teeth,” a terrifying flick where a woman with vagina dentata, a toothed vagina, bites off the penises of men who have wronged her, even Rape-aXe seems tame. Quite tame, in fact, compared to the amount of rape occurring in South Africa.

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      tophatal ………… :)

  6. Gay or not. More women have become the target of rape no matter what their lifestyle is. Then to have a sanctioned sports commission appear to over look the problem is a crime in itself. The rape issue worldwide is becoming an epidemic. I would have to imagine most rapes do not get reported. What we see is only the tip of the iceberg.

    • Larry ____ photogr

      What might be even more reprehensible have been the comments of the President of the country given his transgressions as it relates to sexual misconduct .

      But that asides these acts are so heinous and unforgivable . How is that this went unreported by the major tv network outlets ?

      tophatal ………… :)

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