Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Exquisite Slave : Popsy : Popsie

Exquisite Slave, Popsy, Popsie. (front above and back below) Earthenware fired, slip cast Ceramic sculpture with ceramic decals and gold lustre.

We are all criminals in here and if I say you are a criminal that means I respect you. But if you have (had) sex (done to you) it's obvious that they will (see) you differently. Even the criminal in you is now gone and you are now a "wyfie" (someones wife). There is nothing we can do for (a person who has been raped) and we don't care.

If I allow myself to become a lady, I am going to be a "wyfie" until I finish my sentence. That's definitely sure and that's the truth. Even if I can be transferred to (an) other prison the guys there will know that where I come from, I was so-and-so's "wyfie" (wife) and will make sure that I become a wife there. Two quotes from prisoners as captured in a South African correctional services report on rape and violence in our prisons.

This sculpture comments on rape and violence in South African prisons - especially the impact it has on the inmate's masculinity. Sex is never discussed or even spoken about and when it is mentioned, it is referred to as "Daai Ding" (that thing) in Afrikaans. Attractive young men that commit a crime and get sent to prison will have to defend their masculinity by stabbing a warden or another inmate, if they don't, they will require protection and through subtle favours will become someones wife / "wyfie". Should they refuse, they could be raped and then their masculinity and respect as a criminal is gone forever anyway. One cannot imagine how it really affects such inmates, especially when they return home to their real wives and kids on release from prison.

Exquisite Slave : Popsy : Popsie. (Detail of base) Earthenware fired, slip cast Ceramic sculpture with ceramic decals and gold lustre.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Church paid $436m to 800 victims for abuse in 2008.

Ballpoint pen drawing (detail) for digital art work titled Bully Posted Wednesday 19 January.

The Number of new claims of sexual abuse against US Roman Catholic priests rose by 16% to more than 800 last year, a Church report says.
It says the Church paid $436m in 2008 for abuse cases. Most of the money was used to compensate victims. It found that one in five victims were under the age of 10 when they were abused.
The associated Press news agency said 2007 was an unusually high year, when the Archdiocese of Los Angeles began paying a $660m settlement to about 500 people (it's cost the church $2bn).

I wish to remind readers of the Pope's comments in speaking to the US bishops at a national shrine in Washington in 2008. He vowed to work against a recurrence, saying "we will absolutely exclude paedophiles from the sacred ministry", At the time he asked the question "what does it mean to speak of child protection when pornography and violence can be viewed in so many homes through media widely available today." Does this mean that his very own paedophile priests watched too much pornography before committing these crimes - maybe if pornography was made available to his celibate priests they would not have committed these heinous crimes, and the church could have donated the $2bn to poverty alleviation in Africa. Their celibacy (commitment to God and his Church) is suppose to provide a sanctuary for small children and young boys; instead they are abused and sodomised by gods people, in gods church and not by some violent rapist that has watched to much porn and violence on TV in the privacy of their own home.