Late last year I wrote a column about women shaving their pubic hair. There was some interesting response to it. Some said women shave for sport reasons- it’s healthier and more hygienic to be shaved. I am not sure if it’s necessary. My hair has never got in the way of a run or a swim. But then I’m not an Olympic gold medal winner. There might be something to this.
But most importantly I was horrified – my sensitive liberal PC conscience went into guilty overdrive – to find out that shaving pubic hair is a Muslim tradition. Had I been religiously insensitive by suggesting that this fashion is driven by a male paedophilia fantasy? No says my Muslim friend. She believes her religion’s tradition possibly comes from the same place. I felt better after that conversation.
But I was further comforted about my rant when I read Caitlin Moran on the issue in her hilarious feminist book, “How to be a woman”. She writes:
“I can’t believe we’ve got to a point where it’s basically costing us money to have a fanny. They’re making us pay for maintenance and upkeep of our lulus, like they’re a communal garden. It’s a stealth tax. Fanny VAT. This is money we should be spending on the electricity bill and cheese and berets. Instead we’re wasting it on making our Chihuahuas look like a skanky Lidl chicken breast. God DAMN you, mores-of-pornography-that-have-made-it-into-my-pants. GOD DAMN YOU.”
The kind folk of the FNB Joburg Art Fair have made a block booking at the Market Theatre for Dancing with Dada this Saturday 17th September. The work is the play part of the Wiliam Kentridge Refuse the Hour festival. And it is a collaboration between the artist, choreographer and dancer Dado Masilo and composer Philip Miller. According to the programme, it “wrestles with our changing ideas about time, the history of the standardisation of time, and resistance to a linear construction of time and space. It includes dance, live music, strange machines, and projection.”
To learn more read this.
Tickets are available at a reduced price.
To buy tickets, click on the information on our website www.fnbjoburgartfair.co.za, or go straight to https://www.webtickets.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=3762123
What a strange day. Talk about the surreal nature of the tragicomedy that is South Africa. Christopher Hope, the novelist, recently told me in an interview how he is interested in “the surreal quality (of Brett Kebble’s life). It was this quality that seemed to be most like us.”
Today, I think, would have fascinated him. There were ANCYL leader Julius Malema’s supporters creating chaos in town juxtoposed with a gentile brunch with the young and dashing blogger, Bryan Boy.
When I left the office today to join bloggers and journalists at The Salvation Cafe, Stanley Avenue in Milpark, to meet Bryan Boy, images of youths trashing Johannesburg city centre were hogging the flat screen TV. Malema had bussed in supporters from wherever for his disciplinary hearing at Luthuli House. An interesting show of support. Read More…
Last Friday in the Jewish Report I saw an ad for Glenn Beck’s appearance in a synagogue in Cape Town last night (Thursday). This is the man who once had a TV show on Fox and is well known for his controversial views, and his “classic anti-Semitic tropes.” He recently attacked George Soros as a manipulative puppet master who is deliberately destroying America’s economy so as to impose a totalitarian one-world government.
Fresh from a trip to Israel where in the newspaper Haaretz, Yossi Sarid called him a “charlatan-entertainer-mediaman”, he came to SA to deliver an address called “Why I stand with Israel”.
In Israel he held three rallies designed said Michelle Goldberg in The Daily Beast to recast himself as a great champion of the Jews, united with Israel in a coming global war with the Islamist and socialist hordes.
Did anybody attend the Cape Town event? Can somebody report back on his content, delivery and integrity? I am curious.
On his website he was quoted saying:
“We are in Cape Town, South Africa. South Africa, unfortunately, in the past, probably best known for Apartheid over the world. No longer. They have corrected the mistakes of the past and are moving forward as a new country united and they shook this evil without revolution, a remarkable people and a remarkable land,” Glenn said.
“Apartheid is going to play a role in the conversation of the world again, but they’re going to blame Israel for Apartheid and we’re here to set the record straight on what Apartheid was and what it is and is it happening in Israel or not. That’s why we’re here and then tomorrow we’re going to be in South America.”
“By the way, Apartheid solved in South Africa peacefully,” he added. “We should figure out how South Africa did that. Huh? People classified into population groups including skin color, their classification determined their wages, their pensions, their jobs, their schools, and their living area. That was South Africa.”
This is the ad for his Thursday night speech: Read More…
I am about to interview José. Wish I had known sooner that he was in town. I perchance met him last night. I now have a copy of his novel, Blank Gaze, but haven’t yet read it.
In the meantime there’s this. It’s beautiful.
slowly, time turns everything into time
José Luis Peixoto (b. 1974)
slowly, time turns everything into time.
hate becomes time, love
becomes time, pain becomes
the issues we thought deep,
the most impossible, permanent, and unchanging,
slowly become time.
by itself, time is nothing
the age of nothing is nothing.
eternity doesn’t exist.
however, there is eternity.
the moment of your eyes idle on me were eternal.
the moments of your smile were eternal.
the moments of your light body were eternal.
you were eternal until the end.
The organisers (main culprit is Ross Douglas) of the Joburg Art Fair have kept us hanging this year. They delayed their fabulous fair by 6 months, and we’ve had to wait not so patiently. But it’s almost September, and it’s almost time to be treated to a wonderful collection of art, and galleries in one single space – the Sandton Convention Centre. This year the fair has been rebranded the FNB Joburg Art Fair to acknowledge its main sponsor.
FNB will launch its art prize this year, the FNB Art Prize. The finalists have already been selected. They are Athi-Patri Ruga, Cedric Nunn and Nirveda Alleck. And the winner will be announced at the opening night of the fair on the 22 September, and will win the nice little prize of R100 000 in cash.
Over the weekend 23 – 25 September, there will be talks, special projects and lots of fun.
The 23 galleries which will be showcasing work by their artists were selected to “present contemporary African art as it exists locally, on the continent and in the rest of the world”, the fair’s press release states. Besides what will be a carefully curated and selected representation of the best of our art world, another highlight for me will be the special guest speaker from London. The director of the Tate Modern will be delivering the key note address, “Audiences: How much do we really care.”
There is much much more on the programme. Check out www.fnbjoburgartfair.co.za
I am gushing, I know, but it’s truly an event not to be missed.
Yesterday my 8-year-old moaned how she has got so fat. Really I said. That’s nonsense.
She’s grown – her school uniform is getting a bit small. But she’s not fat. And anyway what is fat? I asked her. Being small, bigger or biggest is relative and the only time to worry about being big is if you’re unhealthily large, when it affects your health, when you’re eating very badly and watching TV all day long. There’s a difference to being big and to being unhealthy. There is also one’s natural body size to consider. Some of us are heavier than others.
What upset me is where and she gets these ideas. Not difficult really. Everywhere. It’s blatantly forced upon young girls. Take, for instance, a new book soon to be released in the US.
“Maggie Goes on a Diet” is aimed at ages 6 and up. On the cover is an image of a plus size 14-year-old girl looking at an image of a slimmer version of herself in a mirror.
The book tells the story of how she is teased for her size, goes on a diet and is transformed into a popular soccer star.
The book, yet to be published, has caused an outrage. Critics say that it will “trigger eating disorders in young readers.” Self-published by Paul M. Kramer, he explained in his defense that Maggie just wants to look better. He says, as quoted on Salon.com, that Maggie “does want to feel better and she does not want to be teased.”
His intention seems honorable. He wants to promote healthy eating habits. But the problem seems to be with its packaging, with its storyline, actually with everything. The cover uses the loaded word “diet” in its headline. The picture of Maggie is pitiful. She’s holding up a tiny dress wanting to be smaller. She’s teased at school for being “fat” – fat-shaming is a horrid thing.
I hope my child doesn’t come across this book. Healthy habits can be taught in a far less-loaded way. No need to baggage children with more reasons to feel insecure.
* Is Maggie just an innocent version of Kung Fu Panda? What do you think?
The world’s favourite top model is a married woman. Her stylish celebrity wedding got drowned out by that other large affair in Monaco. Here is a photo of Kate with her man, Jamie Hince on one of their big days this weekend. She’s wearing a Galliano dress. Apparently the wedding was a three-day bash, in true Kate style.
Jim Morrison has been dead 40 years today. In his short life he made an impression on so many…And my young rebellious self.
In 1967 he told Time magazine, “I’m interested in anything about revolt, disorder, chaos, especially activity that has no meaning. It seems to me to be the road to freedom.”
Here’s a sweet reminder of the man:
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