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The dangers of eating disorders

Katherine Atkinson

Eating disorder awareness week will take place from 26 February to 4 March 2018. February is therefore dedicated to creating awareness of and breaking the stigmas which surround eating disorders.

The National Eating Disorders Collaboration (NEDC) say that eating disorders are “serious mental illnesses” and are not simply “diets that have gone ‘too far’.” Hanlé Kirkcaldy, a clinical psychologist at Student Support and Counselling at the University of Pretoria, says that academically speaking, “an eating disorder is when an individual displays a persistent disturbance of eating or eating related behaviour”. This includes Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating and Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS). Kirkcaldy says that eating disorders are not only about “eating and dieting” and can more accurately be thought of as “a way for someone to [express] unhappiness about themselves and who they are”. This unhappiness then reflects through “the way the person manages food and eating.”

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Inxeba controversy splits population

Lorinda Marrian and Una Mudimeli

The nationwide release of Inxeba (The Wound) was met with mixed responses in parts of the country for its portrayal of Xhosa rituals and culture earlier this month. The movie follows the story of a closeted homosexual couple during the Xhosa initiation of ulwaluko which sees the sacred transition of boys into manhood.

Upon its release, various complaints and threats have been launched against its cast members and local protests from the Xhosa community in the Eastern Cape have caused certain cinemas to stop screening the film. The complaints centre around what many say is an incorrect portrayal of the initiation ceremony which should only be known to those that have taken part in it.

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2 minutes to midnight: Doomsday closer than ever

On 24 January The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced that the Doomsday Clock has been moved forward to 2 minutes to midnight. The Doomsday Clock is a symbol which represents the likelihood of a global, man-made catastrophe, and is maintained by The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, a non-profit research organisation that emerged from the Manhattan Project. The Clock represents the threat of a global nuclear war, with “midnight” being the hypothetical global catastrophe. As of2007 it has also reflected the threat of climate change. 

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Superstar Hugh Masekela’s legend

LORINDA MARRIAN

Legendary Afro-jazz musician Hugh Masekela passed away last month at the age of 78 after a long battle with prostate cancer. The talented trumpeter, flugelhornist, composer, singer and anti-apartheid activist was one of South Africa’s most successful and influential musicians. Often called the “father of South African Jazz”, the musician’s illustrious career spanned over five decades and his combination of American jazz and traditional South African and African styles inspired thousands.

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The Global Women’s Movement

 

GEMMA GATTICCHI

On 20 January the reprise protest of the Women’s March against inequality, sexual violence and various administration policies was held. Hundreds of thousands of participants were involved in the rallies which were conducted in hundreds of cities and towns across the United States, as well as in sister rallies in other countries such as Canada, Australia, the UK, India and Togo.

Many A-list celebrities led the march, speaking out about their own encounters with sexual violence.

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