Miss Behave



Upon encountering historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich’s quote, ‘well-behaved women seldom make history’, Malebo Sephodi knew that she was tired of everyone else having a say on who and what she should be. Appropriating this quote, Malebo boldly renounces societal expectations placed on her as a black woman and shares her journey towards misbehaviour. According to Malebo, it is the norm for a black woman to live in a society that prescribes what it means to be a well-behaved woman. Acting like this prescribed woman equals good behaviour. But what happens when a black woman decides to live her own life and becomes her own form of who she wants to be? She is often seen as misbehaving. 

Miss-Behave challenges society’s deep-seated beliefs about what it means to be an obedient woman. In this book, Malebo tracks her journey on a path towards achieving total autonomy and self-determinism. Miss-Behave will challenge, rattle and occasionally cause you to scream ‘yassss, yassss, yassss’ at various intervals. 


• One woman’s quest to break the stereotypical roles set out for her by society.

• Introduces the concept of feminism in an easy-to- understand way.

• Allows discussions about identity and gender issues.


Malebo Sephodi is a development worker and social commentator on development, identity and gender issues. She goes by the name of Lioness and describes herself as a life nomad. She is the founder of Lady Leader, a platform that allows women to just be. 


1 Misbehaving The history story of the quote and Malebo’s encounter with it. 
2 Patriarchy is such a trip though Cases of masculinities, how they are normalised and how women are defined by masculinities. 
3 How about I think like myself Malebo’s response to ‘act like a lady, think like a man’, ‘fascinating womanhood’, and the whole culture of ‘fixing’ the black woman. 
4 Image Distortions From being made in the image of God (male God) and Malebo’s long-time obsession with her body to society and body image issues. 
5 Jezebel Addresses this oversexed trope of the black woman, where it comes from and how this culture has developed till today. 
6 You may now kiss your husband This chapter looks at traditions, such as lobola and ukuthwala, and how they don’t necessarily mean cultures are correct. 
7 Beyond the Quotas Agency for black women – and not just cheerleaders or gatekeepers. 
8 Having it all – The art to leaning in Not caring about balance. 
9 Self Care as Warfare Why it’s warfare to self-care. 
10 Just Be What having agency looks like.

ISBN 978-1-928337-41-6 
GENRE Non-fiction/Memoir
FORMAT Paperback
SIZE 210x148mm
EXTENT 200pp
RIGHTS World Rights
RELEASE May 2017