Month: February 2014

Paper and Ink, Series

Paper and Ink: Femme Aimee (14)

By Emmeline Bisiikwa, Uganda: All dangerous words originate from French; for example debacle, assassin, and catastrophe. Maybe it's a lethal language, who knows? I always knew there was a jinx when you over anticipate something but somehow you just can't stop yourself from playing scenarios of something you are looking forward to so badly in your head. Then somehow things […]

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Poetry, Tale Africa

Amid a Traffic Jam

By James Scott, Uganda: This journey, Moderately loud sound No sound from lips Pairs of earphones in a few ears Engines roaring all about us Some eyes closed but open yet again As buttocks vibrate at the start of the old engine. Six female, The rest male, Strangers brought together by destiny Only to part as strangers still. The radio […]

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Reflections

“No Fems!” – Gay men and prejudice

By Matt Beetar, South Africa: This week I read an interesting piece by Brandon Ambrosino called “The Tyranny of Buffness”. It explores the seriously high pressure within the 'gay community' to acquire a godlike body, and the shame felt when one does not match up to the expected standard. It's a very real account of anxiety and insecurity – something I can […]

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