JIGGY SOCIETY IN SYNTHESIS
DANI OREFO ISSUE CONTRIBUTORS
ISMAT ALHASSAN, MAJELLA BRADY, ALASKA ROBERTS-COUPRIE, SHAYLA DIMAANO, EDEN BO DOWER, WILL GARDNER, JAMES GREENHALGH, MALAIKA OBONYO, HISHAM PRYCEPARCHMENT, BELLA ROBATHAM, JACOB SMITH, LILY STONES, FRONT COVER BY FABIO ROVAI
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engages the brain. What is most striking about it, however, is its relevance to the socio-political JACOB SMITH situation today. From the themes of racism in We’re all pissed off. We’re leaving the EU, due to “Killing In The Name”, to the warnings of the power of ignorance in “Township Rebellion”, the the lovely cocktail of shit Tory rule resulting in a mass protest vote and, you know, racism (here’s album perfectly matches the anger that each and every one of us should be feeling at the just looking at you Nige, we see you) – and Donald frankly annoying events of 2016. In short, it is the Drumpf is POTUS. perfect protest album for our time, as I shall now The most powerful office in the world is held by a demonstrate. man who proposed banning Muslims from “Killing In The Name” is probably RATM’s most entering the US, wants to get rid of every illegal well known song, thanks to the campaign in 2009 “alien” in his country like he’s some kind of ‘roided Fox Mulder, essentially called Black Lives to get it to Christmas number 1 in the UK. Basically, it’s about racism, and basically nothing Matter a bunch of cry-babies, wants to pretty has changed. The verse refrain of “some of those much fuck his daughter (!!!!!!), and who’s rightthat work forces, are the same that burn crosses” hand man believes that the LGBTQ+ community is in obvious reference to the fact that members can be converted to straightness. of the KKK held positions in the police, politics, The good news is that Drumpf won’t be as bad as and the justice system. Guess what, it’s still pretty everyone thinks he’s going to be, he has already much the same. Although the likelihood of them gone back on his promise to make Mexico pay for being part of the KKK is rather low, let’s just say the wall/fence and his Islamophobic policy has that the boys in blue aren’t exactly known for disappeared from his website. However, he seems their fair treatment of black people in America (as to be amassing a true Justice League of arseholes of the time of writing, 221 black people have in his administration, there are still hopes that the been shot and killed by policemen in America in House and the Senate will keep him on a leash. 2016). The bad news is that unless something is done The unjust use of the badge is highlighted in the Drumpf, and others like him (again looking at you song’s chorus, “those who died are justified, for Nigel, you frog-cunt), will become the new norm. wearing the badge, they’re the chosen whites”, That is why this article is titled as it is. We, as the not only does vocalist Zach de la Rocha show the generation with the most to lose, need to fight misuse of power, but he also highlights the whitethe war and fuck the norm. And it starts with dominated nature of the police force, relating to Rage Against The Machine. the allusions to the KKK in the verses. I’d like to
Fight the war, fuck the norm
RATM’s self-titled debut is their best album (I will fight thee). No other record in their discography manages to be such a searing indictment of the Western world and its culture, while at the same time delivering some of the best riffs of the 1990s. The album both melts the face, and
remind everyone that this song was written way before the current police crisis , yet it talks about exactly the same problems with the police today.
“Wake Up” (the one from the end of The Matrix) has one line that I think is especially relevant to today. “Ya know they murdered X/ And tried to blame it on Islam”. Although this has a slight conspiracy theory-esque tone to it, as Malcolm X was actually killed by members of the Nation of Islam, the blaming of Islam as a whole is on display here. The Islamophobia that we are seeing today; Drumpf’s promise to ban all Muslims from the US, “The Sun” and “The Daily Mail” preaching racist anti-refugee sentiment; all this was highlighted in a song released 25 YEARS AGO. That’s where the true anger lies, for me; that a song released almost a quarter of a century ago is discussing the same problems that we see so regularly today. It just shows how nothing has changed.
these people, these horrible, grotesque, bigoted, racist people. We need to get angry, angrier than you already are. We need to listen to RATM and get pumped, get angry, and get active. And I don’t mean write a sign and walk around on the street shouting at people, or sharing a Vox video on Facebook, or writing an angry tweet. I want us all to get educated, fill our brains with the knowledge to upset and undermine the Right, because as we’ve seen, calling people bigots does fuck all. The Left won the culture war (thanks to bands like RATM, who I now slightly blame for this mess) but we’re now losing where it matters, and we can’t have that. We need to channel the anger that we are feeling, the anger of RATM and put it into the political process; join your local societies, start writing for independent magazines, become a Finally we come to “Township Rebellion”, the chorus of which is shared in the title of the article. member of a politically conscious rap-metal band, The song acts as a warning for inaction, and is the start a dialogue, spread a message that racism, bigotry, homophobia, xenophobia, Islamophobia, most lyrically potent song on the album (again, I and general intolerance will not be tolerated. will fight thee). De la Rocha raps that “If your mind’s in a somewhat complacent state/Get a If you’re going to take anything away from this check up”, he wishes he “could be peaceful/But article let it be this: if everyone gets angry, there can be no sequel/Now freedom must be whether they do this by listening to RATM or not, fundamental”, we “Gotta get wreck/Till our necks and makes their voices known on the political never swing on a rope”. He is asking, no he’s landscape, then we cannot be silenced. pleading, for action. Action that we still haven’t And in times of doubt, when the spirit is waning seen. The song’s breakdown features bellowed and it all seems too much; remember that the lyrics that are a warning that we did not seem to spirit waned at some point between 1992 and heed- “When ignorance reigns, life is lost”. Well, as 2016. We cannot give up. One day I hope to revisit of the 8th November, the embodiment of whiteRATM and think to myself that that’s a nice nugget male ignorance reigns. Because people did not do of history from a darker time, not to be reminded enough of what de la Rocha demanded. He of the dark times that we live in today. demanded action against the oppression of rightFight the war, fuck the norm. wing fuckery. What did Britain and the US do instead? They voted for the fuckery. Drumpf, Brexit, Le Pen, Farage (we still see you), the refugee crisis, this is becoming normal. It cannot become normal. We cannot see more of
JAMES GREENHALGH A collection of photographs
AS I WENT As I went through the dead city at night, I saw; Shoes of people more interesting than themselves, Alcoholics downing whisky in despair, attempting to raise themselves to a higher domain, protesting they weren't alcoholics, Old men pissing in urinals, only to spray their waste onto the shiny industrial floor, Businessmen striding, chained into their straightjackets of conformity, all smiles and silent, but with their brains screaming and banging on the shackles of the skull,
Young girls running for the bus fearing the stern hand of their overprotective fathers, frantically taking off
Middle aged people realising the tedious monotony of their life, and so buying garish new cars and planning
their makeup and lowering their dresses,
their trips with the globe on their backs, Widows weeping in parks, their only consolation being in the solace of the ducks feeding them pieces of bread, Empty beer glasses having been placed there by empty men,
So many lonely people desperate for a friend, but scared of the animals surrounding them, and so put in their headphones, Downcast tramps longing for a conversation or a fag or some soup, High twenty-somethings drinking to maintain their facade, behind their masks lying smeared makeup and damp eyelids, Water being drunk in a desperate attempt to revitalise their soul and fill it with purity once more, Gay men dressing flamboyantly to draw attention to themselves, Italians looking through their photos reminiscing about events gone, and trying to tell themselves that the best-is-yet-to-come, Glasses scanning newspapers looking for a life worse than their own, Fitness freaks skipping back to earlier parts of the song, they missed the best part, not again, and in this endless loop, People looking at their watches waiting for death, Redundant graduates channelling their despair and depression into cakes, Elderly UKIP voters humming loudly through Mahler scores, will they find redemption?, Virtuous pastors in garish white robes protesting their
innocence, Artists thinking of the best way to express themselves through paints and the best way to kill themselves, Smokers fucking up their lungs for joy, Heroin addicts craving the supernatural ecstasy of the needle, Policemen wondering who they can begin oppressing next without the meddling eyes of the press, Women married to older, richer men holding their designer handbags and hiding their slit wrists with a designer blouse, People waiting for a tram that will soon come and for a life that will never come, Solicitors who hate their job but need money to support the private education of their three children,
learning how to oppress from an early age, Lawyers jovial because they have just convicted another black man of a crime which they themselves have committed, Laughter becoming tears and smiles fading under the eyes of truth, Marxist thinkers complaining about the Capitalist oppression, longing for the revolution that they will never help create, Teachers marking essays, telling themselves they are helping children learn and educating them about this thing called life, but terrified that their students will take the path they have, Heterosexual teenage boys doing up their flies from the secret blowjob they got from their male friends,
and so content themselves with writing forever unpublished sitcoms,
Unemployed mothers wondering where their perfect children are, thinking they are coming back from a String Quartet concert, when really they were smoking marijuana with their friends,
Teenagers pretending they would care if their friends died,
Babies crying because they do not want to live in a world which will soon crush everything,
But all they care about is their image - would they grieve enough?,
Literary junkies reading Ginsberg believing they have solved the riddle of Capitalism, will make this proclamation from viewing points, but then become solicitors,
Lovers pretending they are in love, almost fooling themselves, but not quite, Unemployed men chewing on gum attempting to find some sort of pattern to their unstructured lives,
Musicians carrying their double basses home having come from a wedding, wondering where their next meal will come from and consider becoming a secondary school teacher,
Veterans traumatised by what they have seen and so cover it up with unabashed and aggressive masculinity,
Students disheartened and lobotomised after their school deemed them intellectually arrogant,
Old Irish Paedophiles giving their numbers out to young angelic boys, who will laugh it off with their friends,
Conglomerations of dead people in graveyards laughing that they have escaped the rat race of humanity,
but secretly give the men a call, Acne ridden pubescent gaming freaks wanking to lesbian porn, desperate for another woman to touch them,
Corner shops owners watching films as they wait for their next teenage customer to steal some sweets, Polite well mannered bourgeois boys apologising to lampposts, And all delude themselves into the joke of living, whilst really, being dead.
University students looking forward to settling down in a middle class suburb with a wife and children and a five figure salary job in the city, Teenagers eating chips and laughing with their friends but who will go home take 20mg Fluoxetine in secret and cry, White male toddlers stamping on slugs and scaring away pigeons, being ushered home by their nannies,
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Honestly I still feel like even now, in 2016, women are still just supposed to be sex objects in the media. In advertising, music videos, and movies & TV you see these women in impossible poses, with terrifying proportions. I remember being 6 or 7 years old watching the pussycat dolls, and believing girls were supposed to look like that. On the tube you see adverts for Calvin Klein or whatever showing these mostly naked girls and you judge yourself based on them. Looking at beauty standards over time, the female body is always supposed to be something else, the female body canâ€™t just be. -Lily Stones
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by Miles Jezuita 54 JIGGY
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The definition of masculinity is possessing qualities or appearance traditionally associated with men. But, what does it mean to be a man? And what are the issues around masculinity? Too often the lines between sex and gender are blurred. In viewing both as two separate ideas, you are then able to understand that sex is a matter of biological truth and gender is a socially constructed means of identification. This means all characteristics associated with gender are tactful and purposeful, but also (and often overlooked) fluid and interchangeable. Once you are able to distinguish the two, you begin to understand the problem with masculinity as a concept. The term pathological masculinity best describes a conduct by which is established by bullies or ‘typical macho males’, who seek to establish their male credibility by preying on those weaker to them.
A harmful social code of masculinity that insists that boys are captive to a ‘guy culture’. From birth, men are discouraged from displaying emotion, which is too often seen (and mistaken) as a feminine trait- boys don’t cry, right? Without a culturally approved outlet for their feelings, this stifling of emotion has led generations of men to turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms such as alcohol abuse. One of the four core features of suicide amongst men was ‘unhelpful conceptions of masculinity’ one study shows. Men’s mental health issues are widely understated and still seen as taboo. It is of my opinion that the concept of masculinity is fundamentally destructive and backward-thinking. It has no place in society in 2016.
Boys can be effeminate. 60 JIGGY
To riot against the foundations of patriarchy and gendered stereotyping is the profession in which this generation should seek to be employed. It is up to the boys reading this to protest against pathogenic masculine attitudes and approach gender with an openminded reality. A reality that is accepting of all others, including boys who aren’t typically masculine. It is up to the boys reading this to reject all ideas of “manning up”. It is up to the boys reading this. It is up to the boys reading this to know that such concepts are damaging and we should encourage our brothers to help destigmatise. It is up to the boys reading this to lead by example, in deeds not words. It is up to the boys reading this to know that they don’t owe it to anybody to live up to some construction of Man is key. It is up to the boys reading this to incite rebellion against how we’re meant to act, and instead focus on how we want to act- how we should act to inspire, to love, to respect, to coexist with others around us. It is up to the boys reading this to decide whether our quality of life should be reduced to a man’s masculinity or whether it’s okay for boys to cry. It is up to the boys reading this to know that you can be dependent or emotional, soft or nurturing, quiet or passive or even sexually submissive.
It is up to the boys reading this. 61 JIGGY
An informal interview on Asian culture and it’s norms and values—what’s considered acceptable, and what isn't.
So let‟s start with the question most people with ethnic backgrounds hate being asked, myself included, where are you from? Tell me about your cultural background. Shayla: Oh I do hate this. I was born here (in Britain) but my parents emigrated from the Philippines, I am Filipino. Do you regularly get the classic “what kind of Asian are you?” Do people always assume that you‟re Chinese or Japanese? Shayla: Yeah, urgh it’s especially bad when it’s a stranger trying to move to me, like they try to guess where I’m from and it’s so annoying. In year 9, a guy in the park walked past me and said “Konnichiwa,” and I didn’t know how to react back then because I was only 13/14, but it really angered me. When I contacted you to arrange this interview, you said that you were glad because you felt like Asians are usually ignored? Shayla: Growing up in South London, as a kid, I remember feelings so happy when I saw another Asian or just like when I’m walking on the street and I’d hear someone speaking Filipino. I didn’t feel alone. So when you asked me to do this interview, I was really happy, because I use social media a lot and I see progress in Asian representation in the media but it’s not enough and more progress needs to happen, you know, people need to understand how we (well I can’t speak for the whole race) and understand that calling out “Konnichiwa” to every Asian you see on the road isn’t acceptable, it isn’t cool. On the subject of representation, I remember seeing this video on Facebook about Hollywood and how Asians are represented in the industry and I’m just sick of hiring white actors for parts Asian character parts instead of Asian actors, and I’m tired of white-washing. On the flip side of that, how do you feel about Asian characters in plays and movies being the stereotypical nerdy kid who‟s good at maths, the quiet friend, etc.? Shayla: To be honest, it’s gotten to a point where you see it so often that you become used to it, you become desensitised. When I see it, it’s like, we’re not all like that. Just because I’m Asian doesn’t mean that I’m super good at maths, or that I can fix your computer. It’s just really annoying, especially the way Asian men are portrayed, and how they’re always portrayed as the short, geeky, unattractive guys. The love interest in Mulan is literally the only Asian leading guy I can think of. The leading male roles in most movies are usually white guys with six-packs, like Chris Hemsworth, I don’t know. Like where are the Asians? Where are all the other people of colour? And as for us Asian women, we’re always overly-sexualised, we’re always the “exotic” Bond girl, you know. The Asian men are not attractive enough, and the women are just too attractive that they’re exotic. Leading on from that, what are your thoughts and views on the fetishization of Asians, Asian women especially, and hyper-sexualisation? Things like „yellow fever,‟ and the “I only date Asian women because they‟re sexy yet submissive” bullshit narrative. Shayla: I mean personally, I wouldn’t call myself yellow. I’m more of a…I don’t know, caramel-y, brown colour. I mean I can understand, to an extent, we’re exotic or whatever, like stuff you don’t see normally (because of lack of representation). Sure, you’d rather have jasmine rice than a jacket potato, I get it, I understand, I really do. But you’re attracted to be simply because I’m Asian and not because of the kind of person I am, like not because of my personality, and that’s just fucked up. I guess that’s why I feel a bit apprehensive when a guy approaches me in an attempt to make moves and the first thing they ask me is “where are you from?” Like, why is the only important fact that I’m Asian, why is that the only thing about me that interests you? What is your motive? But I mean, that’s just a personal thing, I’m not speaking for all Asians. Maybe some girls dig that. I mean, I’m all for interracial relationships, despite this. Yeah I’m all for marrying another Filipino or another Asian. Another thing, I hate when people would assume that I’m obviously going to marry another Asian, like when I was little. Why shouldn’t I be allowed to marry a black guy or a mixed guy? I really like this Dani; it’s really making me think. Like it’s all just a part of my day-to-day life so I never really consider all this, but now I’m pondering. What would life be like if I wasn’t Asian? I’m just starting to question everything now. It’s nice to talk about all this stuff, I don’t really have many Asian friends around me to relate with. Being Asian feels kinda lonely, personally. The only benefit is the food. Mate, don‟t even get me started. The food is fucking buff. Shout out to your dad Ramon for making the best shrimp tempura in South London.
Would you say that you know a lot about your Asian culture? Being an ethnic minority in Britain, I understand how your ethnic background can sort of begin to “fade away” because you‟re constantly surrounded by British culture and assimilation is inevitable. Do you feel like you‟re not as interested, or as immersed in Asian culture as you should be? Shayla: I was born here, I’ve had to walk a thin line in terms of where I belong and who I am; like is my Asian heritage the most important, or am I fully British, you know. I’ve always had Filipino influence in every aspect of my life, especially as a kid growing up. When I was a kid, I had a Filipino accent, but no one at primary school was Filipino, so I lost that accent very quickly. I could also speak it fluently, but I lost that too. I remember coming into school with an accent and not fitting in, and I didn’t want to stand out, I didn’t want to be bullied. I had to force myself to fit in with the “Britishness” and adapt to British norms and values. To this day, I don’t know how to speak in my mother tongue, and it’s sad. When I go to gatherings with my Filipino family and friends, I’m at a disadvantage because they can all speak the language. It’s weird. As I kid, I wanted to fit in with my British peers, so I ignored my heritage and I lost interest in it. But now, I regret it. Now I don’t fit in with my Filipino peers. I’m constantly trying to balance my identity, be British and Asian. I’m too British for my family, but not British enough, too Asian for my British peers. I have two different accents to use when I’m with different audiences, I have two different identities. Do you think that your British identity sometimes clashes with your Asian? Is there ever conflict between the roles you‟re constantly playing? Shayla: Manners, that’s a big one. You know when you’re in that stage at 14/15 where you’re trying to figure out how to act, and you’re becoming for free in how you speak and voice your opinions and stuff, it was really hard to figure all that out being British-Asian. At school you begin to swear and say stuff like “shut up” but boy, if I ever tried that at home with my parents… I remember trying to tell my dad that I could go out if I wanted to, that like I could do what I want, it didn’t go well. He gave me this killer look and said something like, “WHAT?! No, I’m not one of your friends; you can’t speak to me that way.” There are ways I see my British friends treat their parents or talk to their parents and I just think about how I could never
In traditional Asian culture, is there a stigma around certain things that would be considered rude, or unacceptable, if you get what I mean? Like are there things that you just can‟t do as an Asian girl, despite living in Western society where those things may be normalised? Shayla: Stuff like tattoos. I remember considering getting a tattoo and asking my mum about it and I remember her being SO against it, she was like “don’t do that! It’s ugly!” I think it’s beginning to die now because they’re very exposed to the media; they’ve been here for like 18 years now, so I think they’re beginning to become less bothered about these things. There is still the massive stigma against things lie sex and teenage sex and teenage pregnancy, especially for Filipino women. The expectation is that you save all that for marriage, sex, babies, all that. Bur you have to marry soon. It is more the case for older generations though, not too much now. I think Asian culture is becoming more, I don’t know, westernised (?), like especially in the Philippines where they’re heavily influenced by America, so things that weren’t seen as the norm, are now becoming normalised. There are certain values that would be considered traditionally Asian that I still hold, but I think I hold those because of my faith, not because of my Asian-ness. I’m Christian so my views on things like babies before marriage are a certain way. I don’t really care about the Asian stigma or whatever because I’ve grown up in western society. Finally, are attitudes shifting, especially with the younger generations? Shayla: In terms of being open-minded and outspoken, and being “rude”, yeah, completely. I think primarily because of the media, people are more outspoken about issues such as race, ethnicity, gender stereotypes etc. As society evolves, what we perceive as rude will always be changing. What I consider rude today, will it be the same when I’m old and grey? (Ayy, rhymes). Things are constantly changing.
As I walk through the darkened hallways, the aroma of domestic cigarettes and substandard meretricious lipstick fills my nose. I can see the pseudo sights of postpubescent adolescents singing with the joy of their new found freedom and budding sexuality. By Ismat Alhassan 86 JIGGY
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The smell of hallucinogens and sleeping pills erwhelms my lack of bodily defence, each organ uts down until I can only see the darkness in my soul. 87 JIGGY
And softly we goâ€¦ Poem by Majella Brady
Crystal Palace at Night (pursuit for love)
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THANKS THANKS THANKS So I’m always going to end an issue with a thank you note. Thank you to those who’ve helped me and to everyone who’s read JIGGY so far. Thank you to those who sent stuff in; Alaska, Bella, Eden, Hisham, Ismat, Jacob, James, Lily, Majella, Malaika, Shayla and Will; and a massive thank you to Fabio for the photo used on the cover. Thank you for reading, here’s a photo of the lovely Amber to end.
DANI OREFO @MESSGRIPS 94 JIGGY