Braamfontein | (up)settting the status quo

Braamfontein

Cited by some as a model of the kind of free-thinking, free-roaming, freely interactive non-racial South Africa of Mandela’s promise, Braamfontein, Johannesburg is a throng of culture, fashion and enterprise. Yet below this model exterior, argues MR LEE MOLEFI,  lie patterns of inequitous cultural and material ownership. Car hooters blare. Spirited movement in every direction entraps your…

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Lusting for diversity

Porn

Pornography is not a swearword, it can be a great thing, but because of the lack of nuanced storytelling and positive, women-friendly and racially diverse content based on realistic experiences, MS ALUWANI RATSHIUNGO fears that women are doomed to enduring bouts of relentless, one-sided sex as performance.     I have often found myself, in the…

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Man Walks Into a Bar | Buck and Breck, Berlin  

In the first of a bar review series teeming with tales of mirth from far-flung watering holes, a professional nomad (barely) recalls a night in Berlin when even the powers of James Bond and a Pick-up Artist’s handbook could not help him quite remember a night out at one of the world’s best cocktail bars. …

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Fe-MEN-ism | suspicion and the benefit of the doubt

Male feminism – while a popular and welcome trend in recent years, with movie stars and r&b singers nailing their colours to the mast – is still  fraught with complexity, insincerity and suspicion. MS. ALUWANI RATSHIUNGO argues that while some men use feminism for their own gain, the benefit of the doubt goes a long way.  Male advocacy of feminism has, for a…

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