*Editor’s Note: This weeks Chatterbox column has been hijacked by the champions of the children are our future aka the youth. Barney Diego, and Dora Dinosaur, Caricom Youth Ambassador
Adulting Ain’t Half Bad Now Is It?
BD:Adulting that oh so sweet word that adults use to bemoan how bad they have it now. How they were conned into wanting to be adults because it was so cool and now all it is is a shit pile of responsibility AND BILLS
DD: Total dumb asses to say the least. Forgot the first rule of life, don’t believe the hype!Well reporting here in the Caribbean we can tell you how incredibly ridiculous it is. Youth are plagued with many issues such as high suicide and unemployment rates,increased crime both as victims and perpetrators including rape and sexual assault.
BD: Nah forget ting like HIV and other health issues plus politicians treating us like the fine china your mudda take out during Christmas or your birthday and never again.Boy them kinda ting so rough and my pops keep ‘ oh you young folk got it easying me’. He so wrong he could be a broken clock.
DD:Right about now you probably gritting your 50 year old dentures and chiding us yout for trying to bamboozle you about our problems. To be young , wild and free, to smoke weed, do lines of coke and have wild uninhibited sex anywhere, anyhow and with everyone? Right?
BD: Right. That sex ting so dangerous there have a curse now. Young girls feel they can look how sexy and ting in booty shorts and crop tops and not pass the ting? Your bum bum in leggings all the damn time but I must not touch, squeeze or grope without yourconsent? You see how easy it is for a man to take jail? So what you were to drunk , I tell you get drunk? Me that tell you wear that too tight black dress and flirt with every man?Something eh tell you eh wear that. Now you crying and want to call police! For that awah awah.
DD: We women too dangerous talking about consent and saying no! And is the young women that pushing that.Saying that cat-calling and asking them to smile and ting while you follow them to get their number is a dangerous practice and is sexual harassment.You ever hear such nonsense, they talking about a rape culture oh how women getting street harassed daily by men and they feeling unsafe! Unsafe from a man? Aren’t men our protectors!
BD: Ding!Ding! We protect you. There are no need for #lifeinleggings hashtags or revenge rape laws or sexual harassment seminars in the Caribbean. Them nasty tings nah happen here and if they do is them young woman fault for dressing like whores during Carnival season and gyrating on any kind a man for two days ‘pon di road.’ How you are going to stop me from touching op pon you the day after I see every little piece of heaven including the sweet honey pot eh?
DD: Boy and they will say oh how they pay their money to jump and how they must be treated well. Even some fellas get in that too like I just cuh touch their pecs or try to grab them and cuddle their organ. Wat life turn to uh? Is like the yout feel they need to be protected from tings their parents weren’t. Madness!!
BD: So how we go solve that Dora? Admit there’s a pervasive sexual and cultural problem in the region and teach young boys and girls consent and the vibe?
DD: You feel the region ready for that, to show women in charge of her body and ting and that male youth need to learn what no means no or ready yo learn they too can be harassed and be victims.(Bursts out laughing) Barney you and your jokes eh!
20 year old Youth Development Student at UWI Open Campus St Vincent
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