I’m cheesed off with your bloody makeup

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I’m sorry to say that the views you’re about to read can be extremely abhorrent and borderline unsophisticated.  I am an exception in a world where beauty and advancement in women is gauged by the quality of nails, hair, eye lashes and the powder put on their faces.  Instead, I appreciate exquisite beauty and I love simplicity.

It’s in my constitution to treat every woman with respect and tact.  And despite my views on this particular topic, I don’t and will never treat women as subjects of my indecent judgement.  I don’t think anyone should look good “for someone else” but as a human being I just happen to find a thrill when I see unblemished natural beauty. When I can’t see any of that around, I fret, which I guess is the reason for me to talk about this.

I love my African sisters.  They are amazing in so many ways.  Most of them have luscious lips, appetizing eyes and drop-dead fine faces.  But I think most often that glamor is defaced by all these cosmetics.

I am not expecting ladies in 2016 to be backward dinosaurs but I always feel a burr in my chest when pure allure is buried beneath some insipid make-up, creepy lipstick, excessively weird nails and a weave.

We are being starved of black beauty by our black sisters who seem to have adopted in their minds an epitome of how a woman should look in contrast of true attributes of natural black women.

It’s basic common sense that you don’t tinker with something that needs no fix.  I’m left wondering why you’re tampering with such beauty with your makeup.  Part of the reason, I think, we were talking about draconian rules on black hair in former Model C schools two weeks ago is because whites have gotten so used to black people wearing weaves that it almost feels eccentric when a black girl embraces her uniqueness.

Those rules were wrong on at least two counts.  One, they’re racist and secondly that they throttle nature and uniqueness.  Dare I say that in my life I see only a few dozen black women with their natural hair.  For many the experience of having “black hair” has become foreign.

In my opinion, genuine beauty is such a rare jewel.  When I spot a beautiful, natural black woman, I don’t think twice about a compliment. Sometimes I compliment originality because originality nowadays is like finding the proverbial needle in a haystack.

There is a television commercial that speaks about character and to a broader extent genuineness.  Towards the end of this advert, there is an important question that goes “take away his award, his car, his girlfriend. What does he have left?” and that’s the question I wish to ask every woman with bogus stuff all over her body.  If you take away your artificial nails, hair, eye lashes, and lipstick.  What do you have left?

I believe that perfection is when there is nothing to take away yet you almost feel like there is nothing more to add.  Being beautiful is being yourself.

“Yebo Gogga” gets some surprised faces

CREEPY CRAWLEY: Robin Cook third year BSc holding a venomous centipede. Photo: Prelene Singh

CREEPY CRAWLEY: Robin Cook third year BSc holding a venomous centipede. Photo: Prelene Singh

If you want to see the most amazing bugs ever, then you have to visit the “Yebo Gogga Yebo amablomo” annual exhibition at the Oppenheimer Life Sciences building on east campus. It’s open till this Sunday, 12 May.

From cockroaches, slimy worms, snails, enclosed animal embryos to even and rhino poo these were all on display in the Life sciences museum to much awestruck school children visiting.

This is an environmental and educational exhibition held by the School of Animal, Plants and Environmental Studies.   “Yebo Gogga Yebo amablomo” annual exhibition aims to educate the youth about the natural world and to increase awareness of nature conservation.

“Yebo Gogga aims to enable as many children as much access to as many interesting species in nature,” said Cheryl Dehning, the exhibition organiser.

Bugs, worms, animal skeletons, rocks and insects of all species were all on display at the Oppenheimer Life Sciences building on Wednesday morning.

“Today there are ten schools and about 700 children attending the tour. We expect over 1 000 children tomorrow and some nature groups and party groups over the weekend,” Dehning said.

Children came from different schools and arrived at the university where they were assigned guides who took them on 20 minute tours across all the stations set up by the different organisations.

The tour guides were all Witsies who study BSc or Master of Science in Medicine at the university.

“The guides receive a t-shirt after six hours of volunteer work at the exhibition and they can also get a certificate of community service which will aid in their credits,” said Donald Mccallum the exhibition director.

The organisations involved in Yebo Gogga are external and internal members of the expo. There were student representatives from Wits to help. The science and geology departments had exhibition stands on display. Also in attendance to display their wares, were the spider and butterfly clubs, Rand Water, Adler Museum and Joburg Parks and Zoo.

“This is the 14th year Yebo Gogga has been running and the day is going okay, the children are quite excited by what the exhibition has to offer,” said Mccallum.

All the children were given workbooks which had questions they had to complete in order to get them thinking critically about what they were learning.

Michael Snodgrass, a grade seven pupil from King Edward Preparatory School, said, “The expo is fun, except for the work.”

In the coming year Yebo Gogga “aims to reach and get into contact with township schools […] these schools are not able to come to the expo because of financial and transport issues,” said Dehning.