Quote of the week

Over the last 150 days we have learned much about the power of the habitual in post-millennial, post-apartheid South Africa. We have heard it in the grumbling, cavilling, quarrelling and grousing about the logic (or lack of) of government decrees. We have also seen it in the defiance of logic among the many bourgeois folks who mistook their entitlement for rights, whether to go running, do yoga on the beach, surf, get takeaway coffees, or to purchase items subjected to restricted trade… We saw it in the contradictory messages relayed by official government channels, in the conflict between some experts advising government, between government officials and such experts, and in the ways in which opposition parties contradicted themselves as they opposed government proclamations.

Angelo Fick
Johannesburg Review of Books
14 February 2007

Boucher’s bum….

A story on News24 on why so many women go to the cricket these days, caught my eye. The eye-popping quote:

Interviewed on TV, one young woman said she came to watch because she loved the game, her friend came for a tan, and another wanted to see “Boucher’s bum”.

Don’t think the woman would have mentioned Boucher’s bum 15 years ago. Can we say it constitutes advancement in gender equality when men are also treated as sex objects?

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