I made some photographic montages to display images from places I've travelled in the last few years.
At some point during the night on New Year’s Eve, a group of vandals forced their way into Musik Bading and set off some fireworks which turned quickly into a real fire. The apartments above the shop were evacuated and the fire department contained the blaze before it could spread to the rest of the building. But the shop itself was gutted and its stock destroyed. After ninety-nine years in business, a few moments of malicious pyromania brought a sudden and decisive end to a much loved neighbourhood institution.
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Everyone who follows my blog knows that my best work is written in rage, or port. But Christmas has gone now so no more port.
Well, at least I still have rage. So back to that.
Recently I have been getting increasingly frustrated with ‘whataboutery’ every single time I write or speak about women or girls.
For those of you who don’t know what that word means, ‘whataboutery’ is when someone responds to a difficult issue or question with a counter issue or question that completely derails the conversation.
Mai: My research focussed on the murder of women in Yemen
Randomer: uh, this is a bit sexist. What about the murder of men in Yemen? Don’t you care about men?
Pam: I’m really upset with you for stealing from my purse
Mel: What about that time you stole from the local shop? You’re not innocent…
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Today, I did something. Something important, because talking about the things that matter *is* one of the most important things we can do.
Normally I try to stay away from controversy, so I’ve been sitting on this for a while, trying to find the right words, or the right way to approach it. But eventually, you have to just speak from your heart and hope it’s enough. Problems don’t get better by ignoring them. They don’t improve with silence.
Hopefully, after giving this a read, you’ll have a little more insight into how nuanced inequality, in it’s various forms, can be. Hopefully, you’ll feel inspired to ask yourself, “What can I do?” and have some difficult conversations.
This article is published in an iOS friendly digital magazine, called Light & Landscape, and I *highly* encourage you all to read it there if you have an iPhone or iPad. I…
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