Mental Gymnastics

If you’ve read any of my previous blog posts (or even just a few of my tweets) you probably have a pretty clear idea of where I stand on the matter of gender politics.

My stance (about which I’m not remotely shy) has earned me all sorts of supposedly derogatory names, from SJW to lesbian to – yes – the dreaded F word:

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Oh shit, I forgot to tag this post NSFW.

The one thing I’ve never been accused of being, however, is sympathetic to abusers. Never, that is, until a recent Saturday morning, when I encountered someone so determined to avoid addressing patriarchy’s widespread detrimental effects that she (yes, SHE) somehow interpreted my suggestion (that we stop teaching men that anger is the only appropriate emotion to feel and holding women responsible for what others do to them) as an effort to excuse men who abuse women. Continue reading “Mental Gymnastics”

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Lenten Lacaray

It would seem that T&T has decided to forgo decorum for Lent 2016.

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This… is not what I expected [IMG: memegenerator.net]
In the past three weeks, we’ve seen an epic amount of shenanigans, including, but not limited to:

  • Sexist remarks from the mayor of our capital city  (who then made a painful and lingering exit rivaling that of Romeo and Juliet, for whom parting was infamously sweet sorrow).
  • domestic abuse case blown wide open on the internet, which somehow ended up leading to the arrest of a populist hero, who has since been caught red-handed lying about his innocence. Worst of all, he ultimately managed to overshadow the aforementioned brutal domestic abuse case with his antics.
  • The sudden appearance of topless photos of, not one, but TWO of our local gymnasts who, coincidentally, are currently vying for the right to represent T&T at the Rio Olympics (which, according to the metrics originally set by the local governing body, one of them has already won).

*phew!*
Continue reading “Lenten Lacaray”

The Sound of Social Media Silence

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In my last post, I posed a somewhat tongue-in-cheek question that’s been ringing in my head ever since:

If a crime happens in Trinidad and Tobago and no one films it, did it happen at all?

Turns out the answer is… nope. Continue reading “The Sound of Social Media Silence”

Legal Absurdities

Not pictured: the final red arrow leading to police action. [Image: techtage.com]
Not pictured: the final red arrow leading to rapid police action. [Image: techtage.com]
If a crime happens in Trinidad and Tobago and no one films it, did it happen at all?

I’ve had occasion to ask myself this question several times over the last few weeks as viral video after viral video emerged to prompt the police into uncharacteristically swift action. After all, in a country where a video wasn’t enough to prompt an investigation into a government minister, how is it that things are suddenly moving so smoothly? Maybe we were turning a corner here.

Then came the video of the woman being brutally beaten by a man in an Arima bar. Continue reading “Legal Absurdities”