Saturday, 23 February 2013

Her Name is Reeva

Her name is Reeva
Reeva Steenkamp
Not ‘Oscar Pistorius’ girlfriend’
Not ‘model’
Not ‘reality TV star’
Her name is Reeva

Her name is Reeva
She was not just a model
But also a campaigner against violence
She was not just a reality TV star
But also a law graduate
The story is about her killing
Not about his fame
Or it should be
Her name is Reeva

His name is Oscar
Oscar Pistorius
And every news report calls him that
Her name is Reeva
Sometimes mentioned
But only after ‘his model girlfriend’

He slept with guns
She is one of fifty victims of homicide every day in South Africa

Her name is Reeva
She is a woman
A person in her own right
Not the appendage of the celebrity who killed her
Even now she is dead
She still has a name
Use it please

© Janine Booth

Oscar Pistorius sobs in court describing how he shot his model girlfriend thinking she was a robber

Janine is a socialist feminist, executive member of the RMT trade union, writer and activist, former Stroppyblogger, and supporter of Women’s Fightback.
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