Anger swirls over headline implying black women don’t want to use protection

todayNovember 29, 2023 219

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Some South Africans are hopping mad over The Star‘s controversial headline, implying that black women do not want to use condoms.

The article, which highlighted the higher prevalence of HIV infection among South African women compared to men, suggested that black women are more likely to refuse condoms during sexual intercourse.

The publication cited a 2022 study into the HIV/AIDS epidemic, conducted by the Human Sciences Research Council, as its source.

“(HIV) prevalence was nearly twice as high among women (20%) compared with men (12%), meaning that black women were more likely to refuse condoms” wrote the newspaper.

Various quarters have slammed the statement as irresponsible, with EFF National Spokesperson, Sinawo Tambo, cautioning the newspaper against using degrading stereotypes.


Some social media users have lamented the standard of journalism at the newspaper, while others are concerned about what they perceive as the continued stigmatisation of black women.


 The newspaper has apologised for what it’s termed as an insensitive headline.

“We have inadvertently reinforced a particular form of bias and stereotypes that continues to plague our society and that we have to work hard to dispel.”

Written by: Naomi Kobbie

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