Sister to sister
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