It is clear that the subjects, ranging from health experts to television personalities (such as Masasa Mbangeni and Khanyi Mbau) and laywomen, defy any accents of shame or shyness in their interviews, revealing their viewpoints with sincerity and confidence. “Lived experience is its own kind of expertise and its voice is just as important, especially if you consider how few women have access to education,” Montsho says.
These interviews both appreciate and distinguish black women as distinct individuals and critical, intellectual beings. The subject matter moves the perception of black women as passive participants in their sex lives to being progressive campaigners for their own liberation. Montsho has spoken out before on the large gap for content featuring black women. She says, “Fair representation won’t happen without conscious black women pushing for it.” Montsho goes on to say that even when you see a black woman on the screen, what goes on offstage “is still very much white and male dominated … One must first fight to get in before one can even attempt to change things … I can say confidently that if jobs were given based on merit in the film/TV industry, more black women would be in power positions.”
Rather than grinding an axe, the series lays a mosaic of stances that is illuminating to both male and female viewers. “We live with men and the relationship between men and women has to improve. We have to be equal and that starts with being able to listen to and hear each other,” she says.
Women on Sex can be subscribed to on YouTube and followed on both Facebook and Twitter. According to Montsho, “there is a lot of progressive content online that consciously goes against regressive mainstream media ideals. It will challenge television to look into [different] kinds of content in future.”
Illustration by Faith Honey