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Black lesbians in South Africa endure ridicule and abuse in schools, workplaces and churches, sometimes being accused of witchcraft, a Human Rights Watch HRW investigation has found. The research, We'll Show You You're a Woman , was based on interviews with lesbians, bisexual women and transgender men over two years in the impoverished townships where most South Africans live. Graeme Reid, director of HRW's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights programme, said: "It's a grim picture. It's a picture of fear and intimidation. A segment of South African society lives in terror and feels it has no one to turn to, including the police. Same-sex marriage is legal in South Africa , and the country has some of the most liberal laws on sexual orientation on the continent. But cultural attitudes do not always match the constitution, approved in One woman told HRW of a series of rapes by her cousin, her coach and her pastor. Another said a female cousin spiked her drink so that the cousin's boyfriend could rape her.
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The research reported here is part of a larger study which, to date, is the first and only in-depth study that focuses on the lives of Black South African lesbians. The study was located within a feminist social constructionist paradigm. The aim of the research was to explore the positions from which Black lesbians speak, as well as to explore how their discourse s replicate, challenge and contradict the dominant societal discourses on what it means to be Black and lesbian within South African society. The data was collected by means of nine 9 individual interviews and ten 10 focus groups. The total number of women in the study was sixty-three. The data was analysed using discourse analysis. A range of discourses emerged which illustrates how they both replicate and challenge traditional roles and discourses. The discourses explored in this article relate to their views on motherhood and women's roles. Although certain of their "choices" may be interpreted as not falling within a feminist paradigm in terms of western feminism s , this could be viewed as feminist and strategic given the current reality in which they live.