On Pornography

Recently a good friend’s family was implicated in a scandal involving pornography. I have felt a great deal of empathy for this family, the children of the couple, my friend and the person implicated as well. This has caused me to do some thinking of this phenomenon we call pornography, how it comes about, its place in our world, and the ways in which it affects us amongst other things.

What do we know about pornography? That its taboo, somehow dirty, implicated in prostitution, implicated in child abuse, the abuse of women, implicated in degenerating our morals and ethics, that it is responsible for a great deal of internet traffic, that it is big business etc. How much of the above is true is of course open to speculation because it’s mostly just that, speculation. And this is so because pornography is essentially underground, meaning that it is beyond the pale and therefore not open to investigation. It is elusive. Continue reading

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Johannesburg’s Rebirth

The period following the release of political prisoners and the un-banning of political organizations in 1990 and the advent of democracy in 1994 brought unprecedented changes to the country in general and the heart of the city of Johannesburg in particular.

The inner-city of Johannesburg was designed by and for the exclusive use of white South Africans. Blacks were to visit by day from their far-flung townships to labour for the white owned and run economy. Continue reading