Monday, May 30, 2011

Belgium to ban Burqa

Another Country has jumped on the "Let's ban Burqas and therefore end terrorism" band wagon. Belgium has put through a bill that will ban burqas or a full body veil. The first country to ban burqas was France. The reason they are able to get away with this is because the Islamic community in these countries are a mere fraction of the population. And not even all practicing Islamic women wear full veils. In Belgium there are only a few hundred women who wear a full veil that covers their face.

Their reason for the banning is to protect women's rights. Though I'm all about equality between men and women, I'm also a firm believer in people choosing what religious views they want to have. I'm not religious in the least but I respect others' beliefs. So by protecting their "rights" they take away their right to practice whatever belief they have. In France any women defying the ban will receive a €150 fine or a course in "citizenship" lessons. Are they saying by defying this law it means they are not true citizens and therefore they should attend classes in order to "re-educate" them?

Who are Belgium and France to say that people can not dress according their religious laws? Sometimes I wish I could make a law encouraging more clothing. Its winter people... you no longer need to wear shorts or mini-dresses. You can still be pretty and dress modestly. Who is next? Is no one safe?

In Memoriam

J.D Van Rooyen 12.02.1988 - 05.05.2011

Creep - Radiohead

When you were here before,
couldn’t look you in the eye.
You’re just like an angel,
your skin makes me cry.
You float like a feather,
in a beautiful world
I wish I was special,
you’re so fucking special.

But I’m a creep, I’m a weirdo.
What the hell am I doing here?
I don’t belong here.

I don’t care if it hurts,
I want to have control.
I want a perfect body,
I want a perfect soul.
I want you to notice,
when I’m not around.
You’re so fucking special,
I wish I was special.

But I’m a creep, I’m a weirdo.
What the hell am I doing here?.
I don’t belong here

She’s running out the door,
she’s running,
she run, run, run, run, run.

Whatever makes you happy,
whatever you want.
You’re so fucking special,
I wish I was special,

but I’m a creep, I’m a weirdo.
What the hell am I doing here?
I don’t belong here,
I don’t belong here.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Eve Ensler talks to Marie Claire

From the activist author of Vagina Monologues comes I am an Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls around the world. This book is Eve Ensler call to women around the world. “a call to girls, about girls, for girls, around the world, to be their own authentic selves”. We spoke to her about her new book, the girl revolution and how South African women fit in.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish with your book “I am an emotional creature: The secret Life of Girls around the World”?
Eve: It’s a basis of the theatre production, which we’re doing in South Africa soon. Also we want to create the next wave of V-girls and launch a power movement. V-girls empower themselves and one another in order to change the world they imagine. We want to create the next revolution. The girl revolution.

Q: At the moment South Africa is dealing with controversial “corrective rape” where some men rape lesbians in order to make them straight. How do you think this will effect your stage production of I am an Emotional creature?

Eve: I’ve been thinking a lot about this. I was thinking “Can I address it and write about it for my play?” I find these stories of corrective rape utterly appalling, grotesque and disgusting. What message is it sending to women that there can be such a things as corrective rape? As if its something that needs to be corrected or even can be corrected. I’m hoping that this allows women a platform to be enraged and outraged and to know that they can be powerful as a community

Q: In your book you deal a lot with violence against women, a subject very close to home here in South Africa where we have a the highest record of rape in the world. What message do you want to put out there for women in South Africa?

Eve: I’ve realised that South African women are powerful, giving, and envisionary and they are living in a patriarchal violent world. I want to empower girls, women and men and make them realise that women need to be protected and that there can be no future for humanity without this. We all need to collectively do something significant to pass laws and bills so that rapists and violators are held responsible.

Q: Where did the inspiration for the stories in your book come from? Are they bases on specific people you’ve met in your life?
Eve: It’s from all different experiences around the world. I travel a lot and I meet people with different stories to tell and I also try to imagine girls in different situations and how they would feel or act. For example I have never been to China but in my book I write about a Chinese girl who works in a factory making dolls. It’s a combination of fantasy; over hearing others and drawing on my own experiences. I think that’s what fiction writing is, really.

Q: You talk about the “girl self”. What do you mean by this?

Eve: When I speak about “girl power” myself its that part that is relentless, devoted, open, intimate, emotional, wild, fierce, intense, passionate, compassionate, connected to the heart, intuitive

Q: I love that you say the power of girls are the “greatest natural resource”. Can you talk more about this and how girls can empower themselves?

Eve: If you look at teenage girls they have an electric energy about themselves, you can imagine Southern girls at a slumber part- they’re wild (she laughs). Everyone is taught not to be a girl: boys are taught not to be girls, men are taught not to be girls, girls are taught not to be girls. It must be pretty powerful to be a girl if no one wants us to be like girls. I want this book to show girls to have an authentic voice to speak up and empower themselves.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Great and Mighty Eve

For once I am doing an article for Marie Claire that I'm very interested in... I will be interviewing Eve Ensler on Monday, 9 May! *does a little jig*

The activist and author of Vagina Monologues is in South Africa to promote for new book I am an emotional creature as well as start work on the play based on it. Eve Ensler is all about girl power and how women need to unleash their 'girl self' which has been restrained in our macho world.

I feel like a high school girl who is about to meet their favourite pop singer. Its also made me realise that the fashion world is not for me... so as of next month I will no longer be working for Marie Claire. Sad but true.

Look out for my interview of Eve Ensler on Monday!!!!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

I missed Star Wars Day!!!!!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Lindsay Lohan's sexy siren shoot for Blank

Lindsay Lohan definitely showed she still has it going on and is still a commodity in LaLa Land in her photo shoot for Blank Magazine.

I realise her life might be spiraling out of control and yes she's a bit of a train wreck with a good ol' fashioned dysfunctional family, but there's something about Lindsay. I was really disappointed when they dropped her from the Linda Lovelace biopic, Inferno. She would have been perfect and the press shots she did proved it. Now that Marlin Akerman has signed up for the project, I'm just not sure if she has the same sex appeal to pull it off.

And now that she's been dropped from the John Gotti Mafia flick as well as from the Superman reboot, I don't think we'll be seeing her on our big screens for some time to come, especially with her court date looming around the corner.

I think my fascination with her is on the same lines as ones fascination with a car crash, you don't want to look but you just can't take your eyes off that crazy mess.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

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My new girl crush Heather Morris, shakes what her mother gave her

Best known for her role on Glee has the ditzy blonde cheerleader, I can't but help fall in love with her dead-pan one liners. Especially her dream sequence where she does a mash up of Britany Spear's "I'm a slave for you".... yum.

I came across this video of her for Esquire magazine doing what she does best; dancing. Its for 50 songs they feel every man should be listening to. The question being: But can you dance to it? I foresee only good things for Heather Morris! check it out