Virginity testing in south africa
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10 Oct A recent ruling against virginity testing has reignited debate in South Africa.
Preserving the ‘purity’ of Zulu girls
Every year thousands of young women around South Africa are tested to find out if they are a virgin – someone who has not had sex. Some respect this as a.
Description:When we question whether virginity testing is a scientific procedure, or whether it is discriminatory, or whether its violates the rights of the individual, or whether it violates bodily integrity- these questions themselves spring from a particular historical matrix of emerging ideas about the human being that have subsequently become hegemonic and are now taken 'naively' as the way things are. The last 20 years has seen the revival of virginity testing in rural KwaZulu-Natal. The Reformation turned away from putting trust in cosmically 'charged' objects - a trust that of course was susceptible to excess - and focused instead on cultivating order in one's personal life. I am not renting children owned by the government. It has not led to the betterment of society but quite the contrary. The focus will be on their relationship as a bonded community within the cosmic hierarchy. This rational self, shaped by a mechanistic view of reality, put a premium on autonomy, self-dignity and self-reliance.