Wednesday, April 18, 2018

it's that simple

The following is an excerpt from Afrikaburn's Survival Guide, an official Burning Man regional event held in South Africa:

Nudity, skimpy clothing, or even raunchy behaviour is not an invitation to have sex or any form of intimate physical contact. The only invitation is a clearly spoken invitation. Ignoring someone’s inability to consent contradicts the spirit of our AfrikaBurn community completely.

Simply put: yes means yes, no means no, maybe means no and silence means no.

The standard for consent in our community is an enthusiastic Hell, YES!!

UNABLE to consent means:
- too young,
- too intoxicated,
- too asleep or unconscious,
- too scared or intimidated,
- too ill.

Photo credits: Jan Verboom,, 2017

Sunday, April 15, 2018

quote of the day

Tim Minchin is an Australian comedian, actor, writer, musician, and director. He is very outspoken, controversial, and provocative with his satire. For instance, in 2010 he wrote The Pope Song, inspired by Pope Benedict and the abuse controversy that resurfaced that year. Given the lyrics of the song, it is astonishing that he performed it during a live show at the Royal Albert Hall with the Heritage Orchestra.

"In 2013, the University of Western Australia awarded Minchin an honorary Doctor of Letters degree for his contribution to the arts, recognising his outstanding achievements and worldwide acclaim as a composer, lyricist, actor, writer, and comedian" [Wikipedia]. In his address, he presented 9 life lessons:

Eight. Respect people with less power than you. I have in the past made important decisions about people I work with---agents and producers, big decisions---based largely on how they treat the waitstaff in the restaurants we're having the meeting in. I don't care if you're most powerful cat in the room, I will judge you on how you treat the least powerful

See here and here.