i heard a very disconcerting piece of info the other day regarding the old stellenbosch university tradition, ‘soen in die laan‘. to explain briefly, soen in die laan is when a group of boys and girls get together in some lane and kiss each other.
let’s look at that sentence again: when a group of boys and girls get together in some lane and kiss each other.
in 2010, two crazy MEN caused a ruckus when they KISSED EACH OTHER.
according to mamba (in an article about the two protagonists’ terrible deaths a month later … which is not at all suspicious …):
‘Brown and Czepan made international headlines last month when the image, snapped at the annual university ‘Soen in die Laan’ kiss-in event, became the subject of controversy on the conservative campus.
‘The photo, taken by The newspaper’s photo editor, Vanessa Smeets, was both welcomed and criticised by students, some of whom destroyed or defaced copies of the newspaper.’
weirdly, the years-old ‘tradition’ was cancelled and replaced with something less provocative to those crazy poefs and queers who just want to ruin hetero fun.
so that was, like, four years ago. which is, well, just fantastically depressing if you consider some of the stats that came out of that Student Village Sex Survey I did last year.
before you go off into the abyss of despair for our future and its capacity to evolve beyond 19th century patriarchal structures, you’ll be happy to know about festivals like Wits University’s DramaForLife’s Sex Actually gig, which is now in it SEVENTH freaking year. i use caps because i find most good festival ideas (music festivals being exempt from this observation) fizzle out in south africa because we’re lame and lazy.
‘it is essential to promote dialogue as a means to challenge stigma and related discriminatory challenges’
festival director Tarryn Lee says: ‘The Sex Actually Festival is a unique cross-community project that promotes practical information and perspective-sharing in relation to healthy sexual attitudes. It is essential to promote dialogue as a means to challenge stigma and related discriminatory challenges… The creative arts is an excellent vehicle for dialogue.’
sure is. there’s a lot going on at the festival and i’ll be posting some pics on twitter, facebake and prolly instagram … with another update here. it would be nice to see other major universities bringing these conversations centre stage and under the spotlight. certainly beats hanging out in the dark ages.
check some linkages…
- Drama For Life site and facebake page
- The Sex Actually Festival programme (it’s pretty awesome)
- The Student Village 2013 Student Sex Survey