BK’s YouTube Picks: Are you beach body ready?

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This week I’ll be spending some time on the beach. Am I beach body ready? If by ready you mean I’ve got my hoodie and raincoat packed in my rucksack…sure. I may even shave my legs. And I have the hair conditioner packed.

What I haven’t been doing is dieting to get my stomach flatter, thighs less wobbly. I haven’t been applying fake tan to make my skin less pasty. I haven’t been getting waxed to get all the hair off my body. And I don’t expect to walk out the ocean with silky smooth hair flowing down my back. Nope…it’s more like to be plastered across my face and dry with a lot of frizztastic volume.

There’s a lot of pressure put on both women and men to look like photoshopped models – a lot of body shaming into spending a lot of time, money and effort into being ‘beach body ready’.

I love that these two young men attacked this pressure with a great piece of slam poetry. From Brave New Voices in 2012….I give you Beach Bodies by David Faganya and Gabe Barralaga.

 

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BK’s YouTube picks: The Womanhood Hotline

This week in one of my university seminars we were discussing the topic of gender inequality and feminist movements. While searching for a youtube clip to share with some of my classmates I fell upon this fantastic video from the 2014 Brave New Voices slam poetry competition in Cape Town.

I’m not even a conventionally attractive woman, and yet can still list screeds of incidents of having insults, invasions of my personal space, and having guys think it’s appropriate to grab my buttocks or put his hands on my breasts without my permission. I know some of my female counterparts have had it worse. Sadly, sexism is still alive and well, but knowing several feminist dudes out there who believe in gender equality, I hope that this is changing and that one day behaviour like this will not be seen as ‘normal’.

I love the creative way in which Athandwa and Lerato have brought awareness to the issue. 🙂