Of "Basters" and "Bastards" : overcoming the problematic connection of race and gender in the Hebrew Bible and its interpretation
CITATION: Claassens, J. 2020. Of "Basters" and "Bastards" : overcoming the problematic connection of race and gender in the Hebrew Bible and its interpretation, in Jansen, J. & Walters, C. (eds). 2020. Fault lines : a primer on race, science and society. Stellenbosch: SUN PReSS, doi:10.18820/9781928480495/08.
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Chapters in Books
During the fallout from the now infamous Sport Science article,1 a colleague of mine in the Faculty of Theology at Stellenbosch University shared an anecdote of some coloured woman who was removed from a shortlist for some position at some company. The reason for this decision: “You know, that study … .” Some coloured woman. Some position. Some company. Like most anecdotes, this one is not easily verified. However, what rings true about it is what everyone knows who so fiercely critiqued this study portraying some coloured South African women as somehow representing all coloured South African women: ethnic and gender stereotypes, once they are out there, have an effect. And even though the article has been retracted, the stereotypes out there remain out there.