Black bodies:  Do they matter?

Black bodies: Do they matter?


by Carmine Amaro


Do black bodies matter?  What about the bodies of black women?

Astute Radio’s Carmine Amaro started a conversation about how a nation’s history of slavery has influenced the levels of sexual violence and sexism against women.

In her latest interview, Carmine speaks with Mary Hames, head of the Gender Equity Unit at the University of the Western Cape to explore the South African perception of women’s bodies. Mary’s primary engages with the performing arts to teach about embodiment, voice and the self – find out how she is using performance art to educate people about the experience of black women.

Listen and find out whether the treatment of women is purely a cultural thing.


How does the history in your country affect women?


You can listen to the broadcast Carmine mentions about Sara Baartman here.



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Authentic You with Carmine Amaro

I am an audio engineer working in broadcasting. I have many interests including music (I play the piano), running and traveling. I am also an active member of The International Association of Women in Television and Radio, a group of women who strive to open up opportunities for other women in the industry. I believe that every person has the right to develop fully in every area of their lives regardless of the stereotypes that society imposes on them. I am particularly interested in how the media portrays minority groups and women and the implications this has on social behaviour. I will be getting getting the conversation started about how to challenge stereotypes and break the mold.  My aim is to inspire women to be authentic – the best version of themselves. You were born original – don’t die a copy!




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