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Fear Wears a Black Man's Face

(32) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 5:38 PM

The black man has become the signifier for a host of unconscious fears that lurk within the white psyche.

My 12-year-old son has a taste for hoodies, rap and hip-hop clothing. He carries a BlackBerry in his pocket which he reaches for every so often to text one of his...

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State of Emergency: The War on Women's Bodies

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2013 | 8:47 AM

Women's bodies have been the locale of war since the inception of patriarchy -- a misogynistic trend that saw the female body become the site of restraint, control and oppression. Thus the female body has largely become a meme of violence, suffering and exploitation rather than joy, pleasure and autonomy.

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One Billion Bodies Reclaimed!

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 2:47 PM

In the past few years there have been waves of feminine revolution that have been directly rooted in body, art and the carnivalesque. Not essentialism mind you, but with the clear mandate of deconstructing the patriarchal hold over language and behaviour which defines feminine sexuality and controls, oppresses...

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Lady Gaga: An Avatar for Our Times?

(50) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 9:32 AM

Madonna modelled herself on a sexually unrestrained, powerful and de-sanitised version of Marilyn Monroe and rebelled against patriarchal Catholic constraints of the feminine, using the notion of wanton sexuality as her arsenal. Michael Jackson refused to be categorised according to race and gender and mixed these up in both theatrics...

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