Taught by his grandfather to obey traditional culture, Fezile grew up tending cattle and sheep, and spending all day on the veld. Now a young adult, he realizes that a man is defined by the responsibilities he takes on in life, and he challenges strict gender roles by cooking and washing dishes for his family. Though his grandfather expresses disappointment, Fezile knows that he is becoming the man he wants to be.
Key points to consider in viewing Fezile’s story
When it comes to the duties of a man or a woman, many young people have different opinions from their elders. Some young people are under enormous pressure to choose what type of adult they will become. In viewing Feziles story, think about how parental pressures have a real impact on whether young people conform to traditional behaviours or create more balanced gender identities.