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Learning about Masculinity, Sexuality and Fatherhood from Vbyz Kartel

I have been thinking seriously about Vbyz Kartel for about a year now. My initial discovery of him was in the  song “Yuh a mi baby”. This song started a reflection about the “erotic Vybz kartel”, our relationship to male sexuality and sexual expression, love and sex, the importance of kete pa (the good marriage bed and the erotic as African.

Since my discovery, Vbyz Kartel has been convicted of murder and has been sentenced to life in prison. I have continued to be interested in Vbyz Kartel, primarily trying to understand him through his relationship with women, that is the expression of his sexual self and how he shares that and is powerful through that.

My interest in Vbyz Kartel has given me insight into art and the artist and dancehall music as a legitimate space for creating complex identities which present us with critical ways that we need to question and understand ourselves.
My interest has led me to discover Adidja Palmer. Carolyn Cooper has also tried to show the two Adidja Palmer the creator and Vbyz Kartel the character.  I recognize Vbyz Kartel as the creation of an identity, a character.
What is it about Vbyz Kartel that makes him resonate so deeply with several youth, men and women and even older men and women?  My discover of him and his resonance within society makes be believe this is an important exploration.
On Monday September 7 at 6pm at the Di Institute for Social Leadership Marescaux Plaza, Marescaux Road we will have a reasoning about Vbyz Kartel, masculinity, male sexuality and fatherhood. Dr. Ana Perkins will be the main presenter and will speak on Vbyz Kartel masculinity and fatherhood.
I hope you will join us for this first in a series of conversations. If you can’t make the event tune in to ZANJRADIO for the live stream. Bless and love. afifa.


Sexual activity, Awareness and Health among boys in Low income families in Jamaica

This post is based on a conversation with two boys who came to visit the ISL on Thursday February 5 2015. The conversation started when I tried to stop the two boys from calling another boy a “batty boy” (homosexual). They were shouting at him in a threatening manner. I stopped them and also asked them why they were calling the boy names. The conversation raised the following issues;

  • boys 14-16 believe that men must be aggressive and women soft
  • football is a boy sport and netball is a girl sport
  • boys should not play netball
  • boys who act like girls are gay
  • boys who act like girls can be straightened out
  • straightening out includes the use of violent methods such as beating and chopping
  • they know boys have been straightened out
  • boys and men should have many girlfriends
  • boys and men can hit women if it is necessary to teach them a lesson
  • They have hit girls several times already
  • They are having sex with many girls
  • they don’t think the girl can get pregnant
  • they think that nothing can go wrong with the condom
  • They play football when they feel sad
  • They don’t cry
  • They would only get married if the woman was a “white woman who could take care of them

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