In Summary

  • Still, I will not get onto the ‘Men Are Trash’ train. I will not try to pretend that all men are good and gentle souls.
  • A man who kills a woman who trusted him with her life and then burns her body can be classified as trash.
  • There are also a lot of unflattering names that I can think of for men who hit, harass, exclude and talk over women.

On April 28, Karabo Mokoena a 22-year-old woman was reported missing in Johannesburg, South Africa.  At the beginning of this week, after weeks of her family and friends trying to find her, news emerged that she was found brutally murdered and burnt to ashes by her boyfriend, Sandile Mantsoe.

These news have sparked an online movement where women are pouring their hearts out on the bad things that men have done to them under the hash tag, #MenAreTrash. Actually, this movement has always been there in the online sphere but this incident sparked the current wave that women are riding on.

Now, I am against violence of any kind whether directed to or coming from a woman. I also know that men with violent tendencies begin by getting into the heads of their victims so I will not ask why she didn’t see the signs or why she didn’t leave earlier.

What happened to her is very heart-wrenching and I can’t even imagine what her loved ones must be feeling towards her attacker. Most of the stories that women shared about the things that happened to them at the hands of men are as shocking as they are painful to read.

 Still, I will not get onto the ‘Men Are Trash’ train. I will not try to pretend that all men are good and gentle souls.  A man who kills a woman who trusted him with her life and then burns her body can be classified as trash. There are also a lot of unflattering names that I can think of for men who hit, harass, exclude and talk over women.

FULFILLED PROPHESY

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