The idea of black women who willingly choose not to have children or are unable to have children are a unique source of information for ongoing research in South Africa.
Sizakele Marutlulle's research focuses on issues of diversity, identity, stigma and choice in relation to the experiences of black female professionals who are child-free.
702/Cape Talk's Redi Tlhabi spoke to the PhD candidate from the University of Witwatersrand's Centre for Diversity Studies regarding the matter.
Marutlulle said she focused on black women particularly because white women don't have the same pressues on them in comparison to black women and it's important to debunk stereotypes around black people and sexuality.
Listen to the conversation below:
Childless implies a sense of lacking, child-free says you are exercising the choice not to have a child.— Sizakele Marutlulle, Wits Centre for Diversity Studies
There's this narrative about black people who breed like rabbits when people are being unkind, which has been repeated over time without substance.— Sizakele Marutlulle, Wits Centre for Diversity Studies
This article first appeared on 702 : Wits researcher challenging narratives on black child-free women