Not quite the "Praise Singer's" speech I was looking for, but on the Omo valley nevertheless.
From the reality show "Last Man Standing" in which young Western male athletes compete in tribal sports around the globe
Here they engage in the "Donga", or stick-fighting ritual.
The ManCode dictates that the man using the term must be in some recognized position of authority to do so (such as a drill instructor, a boss, a
coach, etc.), and this term is used to reinforce the alpha male status of said individual. Other acceptable terms are girls, maggots, and other
derogatory nicknames that help the other males feel part of a group. It also inspires them to "rise above" such a label, and perform well, so at the
end of the activity/game, etc., the Coach can refer to them using terms for men (unless they lose, and then they are Ladies again..)
A man who uses the term and is not in a recognized position of authority is assumed to be gay and is urged to then go home so he doesn't miss an
episode of Sex and the City or something....
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Does the last sentence imply that "gay men" are sent home?
Isn't that homophobia?
In any case, we have more of a race discourse in SA.
For example, if I had to say "let's go boys" to a mixed race team, that could be misinterpreted.
We come from a colonial/apartheid discourse where whites spoke of blacks as "boys" or "girls" no matter what their age.
So a 70-year-old black man would remain a "garden-boy".
A maid would remain a "girl".
That was a long time ago now, but the power that was inscribed into language remains.
Similarly I would say that gender patriarchy is inscribed into language, and such inversions actually support masculinity, mainly because they point
to the weakness of the "Other".
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We were referred to as "manne" (Afrikaans for men) from a very young age.
For various reasons (mainly politics) that term annoyed me very much, and I would try to subvert it.
I felt that gender was being misused for political means.
Now I see something different going on.
A kind of sly inversion that remains.
Take the following clip (warning, some swearing).
I take it these US soldiers are filming a joke.
Nevertheless, a joke based on real discourses, I assume.
Here they ask a man whether he had been impregnated by another man and carried his child.
Why would one man ask another man such a stupid, rhetorical question?
Once again power through inversion (made possible by the semiotic array of available gendered meanings).
Of course the effect is ultimately to cause subdued internal agency, rather than lashing out.
So, in effect using language (parole) like this is not just for personal reasons.
It is carefully constructed and reproducible (just like I think the soldiers here mimic their instructor?).
So language creates a sharp division between rank and power - but why does it do this?
Who can use what language(s)?
Nobody says "ladies" quite like the Red Guy from Cow and Chicken, especially when he performs male authority figures (the warden and the drill
Unfortunately the only clip to introduce a mix of his behavior focuses more on his other habits, like butt-walking and his mood-swings.
"Hello ladies, it's me!" (whosoever that may be):
The Red Guy really outdoes himself as a conservative authority figure in the Orthodontic Police.
My favorite lines: "These teeth are an abomination" and "What are you people, communists?"
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