WE ARE shocked to learn that there are women who would rather die than cut off their cancer-ravaged breasts because they know or believe the men in their lives will reject them.
Breast cancer kills 3000 South African women yearly.
The backward behaviour of these men makes them complicit in the deaths of people they allege to love or are the mothers of their children.
Patriarchy's crimes are numerous. But to make a woman choose death rather than fail to meet the Neanderthal instincts of the man in her life is to hit a new low.
It might be tempting to want to establish the extent of this belief, but that is hardly the point. Even only one such woman is still one too many.
We have no right to call ourselves a civilised society until we refuse to allow practices that condemn women to lives of pain and premature death.