Art, Carbonated critique

Perceiving anything but freedom

About a week ago a Mandela tribute sculpture was unveiled: stainless steel Ray Ban Wayfarer glasses titled “Perceiving Freedom”.
A few days after that, these massive glasses ignited the grass it lies on because physics did its thing of refracting light through the lens. Quite honestly, it should have just burnt down. Continue reading

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Carbonated critique, Politics

When politicking triumphs politics…The saviour complex is holding us back

In a series of my tweets last evening, I pin pointed why we, South Africans, have reached these dire straits in our democracy. Playground fighting and high school petty bickering in our Parliament is common place, reaching a pique in last night’s heated events. The riot police was called in, manhandled a few MPs and forcibly removed them from the National Assembly.

That’s what it has come down to: politicians, whose jobs as MPs is to discuss and argue matters concerning our country resort to using force when it gets too heated. All of that… In defence of one man, our president.
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Brief

Firstly, the core of the matter is consent. Private parts are that: private. At such a young age of one, the generally acceptable person to touch their private area is their primary caretaker, and even then such touching needs to be done sparingly in a non imposing manner for a specific purpose.

At the time, her sister was one and generally we regard children that young too young to grant consent. Again, the only valid consent is affirmative consent. Just because her sister didn’t resist Dunham’s probing, doesn’t mean Lena’s actions were “alright”. We must also think about the implications now: what is Dunham’s sister feeling that this anecdote has been shared? Perhaps she sees it as a violation and must now deal with the psychological fallout of it as an adult.

Even if we accept this as simply “innocent child behaviour”, reportedly this 7-year-old-Lena, 1-year-old-sibling story is one of many similar shared anecdotes in the book. This means this kind of probing of her sister was frequent… Frequent enough for her one year old sibling in this particular anecdote to anticipate that Dunham would look into her vagina in order for her “prank” to be “successful”.

If stories of this nature are often told in this book, it means that Dunham is older in other instances of a similar nature and we expect older children to understand to keep their hands to themselves. The “innocent child behaviour” argument starts to slip…

Also, Lena is a writer as an occupation. She considers language and words. She was (is) an adult when writing her book. I can’t accept that she didn’t consider that her arguably innocent actions of youth would be okay to publicise now.

Briefly: why Lena Dunham’s book anecdote is possibly sexual molestation

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Carbonated life, Queer

“Real men don’t do those transgender things”

I’m sitting in the back of a math classroom during a grade 10 class’s lesson. My formal timetabled days of school are over; I make a day visit to prepare for my AP exam the following day – calculus questions are opened in front of my desk.

Coldplay plays softly in the buds of my earphones. They’re learning about probability. God, I don’t miss those early days. I consider blasting Amsterdam to drone out their lesson and focus on my practice exam, but something tells me to do the opposite; I remove one earbud. Continue reading

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