October182014

Questioning Caribbean media’s response to Ebola

Dear Editors:

Should we not be at the point where editorial and journalistic responses to ebola focus on the provision of useful information so that we the public can make decisions and take actions to safeguard each other and visitors to our shores? I fear a call for political parties not to see this as an occasion for social division, and headlining a caution in respect of Barbados regarding…

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October52014
Jamaican principal mandates a hemline of 11 inches below the knee for girls.  Click here to learn about how the sexualization of girls bodies and anxieties over girls’ sexuality is contributing to rape culture in the Caribbean where we’re getting it wrong on rape. 

Jamaican principal mandates a hemline of 11 inches below the knee for girls.  Click here to learn about how the sexualization of girls bodies and anxieties over girls’ sexuality is contributing to rape culture in the Caribbean where we’re getting it wrong on rape. 

July102014
July22014
So it was never about truth all along. Or science. Or freedom of speech. Or the children. It was and is about being able to publicly express bigoted anti-homosexual views without social censure or professional repercussions. Stirring up hate while professing Christian love.
From No Science is Neutral: A Long Hard Look at the Bain Affidavit and the Aftermath

So it was never about truth all along. Or science. Or freedom of speech. Or the children. It was and is about being able to publicly express bigoted anti-homosexual views without social censure or professional repercussions. Stirring up hate while professing Christian love.

From No Science is Neutral: A Long Hard Look at the Bain Affidavit and the Aftermath

June302014

Pride Mubarak

Guest post by Lina Free

So does Ramadan mean no sex for the whole month? Hello- I’m not that kind of Muslim! Ha ha, I just troubling u girl; I kno the thing- my father was Muslim. Eh heh? Yes, Salahuddin was his name. But is only me outta my brothers and sisters get that name. How come? He was always drunk, never had time for us. But I was the last chile; my mother said he felt sorry by then.…

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June252014

Calling Caribbean Feminist Bloggers!

It will take you less than a min to join the #CatchAFyah Caribbean Feminist Online hub & share your blogging with a pan-Caribbean community of activists, artists, feminist and social justice workers from the region & diaspora!

Sign on! Re-blog! Share!  This is our space!

http://redforgender.wordpress.com/2014/06/25/catchafyah-caribbean-feminist-network-needs-you/

2AM
May112014

Mama’s Day Poetry Playlist

Mama’s Day Poetry Playlist

If mothering is the kind of work that makes all other kinds of work possible why are mothers and grandmothers turning to the media as a last resort to plead for jobs and housing for themselves and their families? Why have we not figured out a way to nourish and support mothers in the work that they do? Why is motherhood often impoverishing? Why do women as group earn less than men as a group…

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May102014

New Fence

divineanddemonic:

no angels here
just girls with problems
lying
crying rape
running
from their
fenced in freedom

new fence
guvment money spent


is not a prison
more like school
inmates run free
too free
if you ask me
and fass

new fence
guvment money spent


Bring proof
official report
truth
facts
that can stand up on their own

dem gal en no saint
not one file official complaint

new fence
guvment money spent
and dey running
from their freedom

poem found in the words of a callous politician

copyright Tonya Haynes 2014

4PM
Practical, Tactical Tech with Tonya Haynes

ICT and Social Media workshop for activists in Barbados. Will take place during the Crop Over season.

Practical, Tactical Tech with Tonya Haynes

ICT and Social Media workshop for activists in Barbados. Will take place during the Crop Over season.

April232014

Take Back the Tech, Don’t Take it Away

Take Back the Tech, Don’t Take it Away

Here’s a video clip in which a Trini mom explains that after observing changes in her nine year-old son’s behaviour she became worried that something was wrong.  On attending a PTA meeting she heard teacher express concern about boys performing oral sex on each other at school.  She then states (quite matter-of-factly, in my opinion) that only after she beat her son, to get him to talk, she…

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April212014

Performing Good-West-Indian-Discipline Online

Today I posted this video of a Caribbean mom beating her 12-year-old daughter with a belt for talking to and sending photos of herself to a man online.  In the comments which followed on the CODE RED facebook page two persons wrote that they were unable to watch the video as they felt sick to their stomachs.

I was taken aback by their comments. Or rather, I felt their comments were dishonest. 

I…

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6AM

Who’s next?

Who’s next?

Guest post by Colin Robinson

Who’s Next? is a free noon event on Thursday at NGC Bocas Lit Fest at the Old Fire Station in Port-of- Spain. Seven intriguing new voices offer a tease of T&T’s writing future. The literary festival is overflowing with treats. I’d promised to unwrap more today, but life has overtaken literature. There’ve been resignations, and calls for resignations: independent…

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April182014
No Laughing Matter: Stories of rape and sexual assault in Caribbean media this week

Laughing at boys who are raped The Jamaica Observer treated readers recently to the most crass and reprehensible of cartoons which pokes fun at the rape of boys in institutionalized care.

No Laughing Matter: Stories of rape and sexual assault in Caribbean media this week

Laughing at boys who are raped The Jamaica Observer treated readers recently to the most crass and reprehensible of cartoons which pokes fun at the rape of boys in institutionalized care.

March312014
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