Alan's beef on women unwarranted.
I think Alan Barnard's comments on the New African Woman magazine cannot go unresponded to. New African Woman is not a glamour magazine, it is a celebration of the African Woman. Just as the New African is a celebration of Africa, a media platform that is giving voice to Africans, celebrating our history and painting possible alternative futures, because in the past others did that for us and did it badly, NAW is celebrating the goddess that the African woman is, for she has often been marginalised and silenced.
As men, it behooves us to laud such efforts rather than stand aloof and make discouraging comments. The articles NAW carries do not overaggrandise the woman to the point of gloating-I find them well-balanced. Who can read the piece on Ariel Levy's discussion of the 'Raunch Culture', or Sophia Mwangi's Parenting column or the celebration of Indie Arie's music and Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe, and fail to pass the magazine on to others?
The New African Woman is a magazine for those who know and those who want to know. I believe it is not trying to be all things to all people, but strikes a nice contrasting balance.
Our women need to see and hear from fellow women who are achieving great things.