Then there’s the feminism aspect that totally ignored that i’d begun my blog about the overweight officer with, “I don’t believe in being cruel regards weight. For that reason, i’ve cut off the face of the lady involved here. People should live their lives the way they want to.” Enforcement officers were the exception.
I take offence when being falsely accused or one of my posts is hijacked for ulterior motives (whether the commentators are aware of their bias or not).
Is a woman still a feminist if she uses any agenda to foster illogical hate between men and women?
There are women who harm other women by either not allowing them to be the women they want to be or by having double standards. That’s ‘chauvinism’.
Previously, when under attack, i posted ‘Sex, Women’s Liberation, Miley Cyrus and Me’. I’ve also tried to given women’s rights exposure with posts such as Amanda Palmer’s reading in ‘Wounded to Death’. I will never make everyone happy but i’d like to believe that my relationships with women in my town, from shop owners to waitresses, is mostly positive. Most of my subscribers are women.
Was Eddie Murphy meaning to be racist or chauvinistic when he famously played a role as a fat, black woman? Of course not!
This was NEVER about overweight women, ‘African figures’ or racism – it is about overweight officers, male and female, not being able to perform their job to the best of their ability. Citizens have the luxury of being overweight. Those in uniform do not because they are suppose to be the best representation of us and are paid by the taxpayer for their service. Good health is a legal requirement for them to apply for these jobs.
In Durban, the DA’s Gareth Morgan has said that 30-50% of SAPS fail the fitness assessment test. At least, there, they have reviewed more than 700 officers and are trying to get them into shape. New police stations will include gyms. The key is being proactive. What if there were a Knysna gym for all of those in uniform? The cost would be low as it’d be divided between many departments and Knysna would have one less empty building.
What about foot patrols (which are so uncommon in Knysna so as to almost not exist despite the big surge in crime)?
After i was attacked, the Knysna SAPS told me that it would be quicker if i went to the hospital and sorted the forms they needed which they’d then fetch. Diligently, and in some pain, i walked the kilometre there and back to have the policeman i was dealing with tell me he couldn’t fetch the form as there were no police vehicles available (i was later told that 8 vehicles were out of commission which, added to his attitude, explained why there was insufficient visible policing).
This was never about fat, ‘African’ women or white people versus black people! This was about upholding the fitness requirement for law enforcement officers. But, again, the response shows us how much hatred South Africa has to overcome. On comment sections across the internet, it’s obvious that many choose to feel momentarily self-righteous over bothering to seek the truth.
I can hope that sex will one day make us all coloured, curing, at least, the racism aspect. However, South Africans will undoubtedly find another excuse to criticise.