Thursday, 7 January 2016

Rethink Archaic Notions of Manhood

The recent awkward incident involving Jamaican cricketer Chris Gayle and a female journalist is probably a good launch area to have a discourse on Caribbean masculinity. The construction of Caribbean masculinity needs to be re-examined in light of the Chris Gayle incident involving female Australian journalist Mel McLaughlin.
Gayle’s sexually coded comments were inappropriate. He was fined for his sexually suggestive remarks to the journalist who, after all, was only doing her job in trying to get an interview with him.
Historically, the threads of masculinity and manhood are deeply entrenched and linked to the sexual objectification and harassment of women. Alarmingly, not much has changed in the 21st century and the prognosis suggests not much will change any time soon.  This toxic notion of masculinity is very much celebrated throughout the society and is being eagerly passed on to our boys, especially when juxtaposed with our homophobic culture.
Disturbingly, our education system offers very little to counter this skewed notion of masculinity, which is negatively impacting gender relationship and the academic achievement of our boys. Gender relations are at an all time low. This is evident in the increase in domestic violence in the society. Strangely enough, many of our women still gravitate towards males who display this sort of primitive notion of masculinity. I hope this will incident be a learning moment not only for those who were directly involved but to the wider society. As a society we need to confront the relentless sexist remarks which are allowed to escape daily. It is obvious that many males are unaware of the distinction between giving a lady a compliment and resorting to sexism. This tells us that much more work is required in the areas of gender and development. The hegemonic spell of this crude notion of masculinity must be broken if we are to encourage harmonious gender relations not only in the workplace but the wider society.
#manhood #masculinity #sexist #discrimination #gender #development #patriarchy
Wayne Campbell

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Say No To Vain Living

New Years Sunday Sermon
Bible Verse- Psalm chapter 127 verses 1&2
Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman watcheth but in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.
Theme: Say No To Vain Living.
Many of us are currently living a vain life. A life without God is an empty, fruitless and useless one. We can and should examine our own lives to see whether or not we are living an empty life. If our life is primarily concerned with superficial issues while excluding God then we are guilty of such. Are you concerned with how many followers you have on Social Media? Are you concerned with your looks? Are you spending less and less time reading the word of God? Are you spending less time in worship to God? If you answer in the affirmative, then you too are guilty of this. I know it is not easy in this world to remain focus. However, we can only pray daily to God to ask for His help to stay focus.
For 2016 let us recommit ourselves to worship God in order to escape vain living. Let us work towards living a God-centered life in the name of Jesus. 

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Happy New Year

May you soar like the eagle. May joy, prosperity and good health be yours. May you find spiritual renewal as you journey through 2016. May the Lord bless and keep you always. Wishing everyone a happy New Year.