If I Were the IRO…

The rainy season has officially begun, but things are hotter than ever here in Sweet T&T, where the volume of disturbing issues to be addressed threatens to bury our activists under a mountain of pure WTF IS HAPPENING HERE?

The latest bit of insanity to emerge comes courtesy of the Inter-Religious Organization of Trinidad and Tobago (IRO), which, apropos of nothing, inexplicably decided to go public in support of child marriage.

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You read that right, Coolio. (via giphy.com)

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Enough is Enough

For most of my time here, I’ve been genuinely baffled by people who insist that, given the chance to live abroad, they would never have returned to T&T. Having spent half of my life elsewhere, I honestly couldn’t understand their perspective because, underneath all the inefficiencies, corruption and, yes, crime, T&T isn’t actually the worst place to live.

At least, that’s how I felt until very recently. You see, it’s one thing to know deep down that you’re living (and raising your child) in a deeply patriarchal society, but it’s another thing to have that fact declared by a public official who, apparently, sees nothing wrong with it. Continue reading “Enough is Enough”

Carnival Bacchanal

I posted that tweet at 12:15 this morning after scrolling through yet another thread of sanctimonious Trinbagonians eager to condemn women (it’s almost always women) for daring to bare their flesh during an annual national festival that has long been associated with that very thing.

Imagine my surprise (but not really) when I awoke hours later to the news that the Mayor of Port of Spain responded to questions about the death of a masquerader by referencing an earlier statement about the “vulgarity and lewdness” of some women during the Carnival season. Continue reading “Carnival Bacchanal”