Sis­ter to sis­ter

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We’re all aware of the strug­gles women face ev­ery day: jug­gling the pres­sures of fam­ily, work and friend­ships while also faced with a range of com­plex­i­ties, such as rape, so­cial and me­dia pres­sures, gen­der in­equal­ity and the like. They are is­sues that are not ac­knowl­edged and dis­cussed in our so­ci­ety nearly as of­ten as they should be.

It’s with this in mind that shows such as Rise are gravely im­por­tant in our de­vel­op­ing so­ci­ety.

Tak­ing the for­mat of popular US talk shows like The View, Rise is giv­ing South African women a space to en­gage.

The show’s abil­ity to share di­verse points of view takes it from be­ing a generic talk for­mat to some­thing like a women’s guide to self­ac­knowl­edg­ment, re­flec­tion and em­pow­er­ment.

Although four or five women sit­ting around a ta­ble talk­ing has be­come a talk TV sta­ple, the show’s raw hon­esty and abil­ity to tackle im­por­tant is­sues makes it a bit dif­fer­ent.

Ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer and host Kgomotso Mat­sun­yane’s re­turn to tele­vi­sion will be well re­ceived in a show that de­liv­ers ex­actly what it prom­ises and then some.

Let’s just hope she and her co-hosts can re­sist the al­lure of scan­dal, and the need to talk over each other and ex­ag­ger­ate cat­ti­ness and dis­agree­ment, as we’ve seen on The View and other shows.

It’s com­fort­ing how the women in front of the cam­era present them­selves as friends and real women deal­ing with real is­sues. The is­sues cover ev­ery­thing from beauty stan­dards to sex­u­al­ity and per­sonal strug­gles.

Hav­ing said that, what Rise isn’t is a Fem­i­nism For Dum­mies class, and shouldn’t be seen as such. – Them­bisile Dzonzi

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