EVEN the women bashers and and chauvinists became gender sensitive activists. That's what Women's Day did to some people. Soon after the holiday - or long weekend - these bashers would return to what they know best.
As South Africans we are typically hooked to events-driven messages - temporarily.
The messages we preach or receive from others vanish after those commemorative or celebratory days have gone.
On World Aids Day many good things are part of the annual sermon about the importance of fighting the scourge. Battling the stigma attached to those infected with HIV, and the ABC campaign become a chorus sung inunison by almost everyone. Soon thereafter, the momentum is lost and we retreat to the troublesome spaces.
Workers Day is no different. All the right things are said at rallies: workers' rights are human rights, workers have a right to strike, but non-striking workers have rights too.
Soon thereafter, many employers retreat to their ways of treating workers like slaves and using child labour. Striking workers intimidate those not involved in industrial action.
Same with sporting events. When our teams compete with other nations we develop a sense of national pride and put race issues aside - temporarily.
Now, having honoured women yesterday, many of those who participated in these activities will be silent when gays and lesbians are raped and killed on another day.
Unless important days and events have a lasting effect, we are fooling ourselves.