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I’m not sure if I mentioned it before but my best friend is getting married this year and I have been appointed the official mehndi artist for her wedding. The only henna tattoos I’ve ever done were on myself and only for fun so needless to say I am extremely nervous. I have spent the last few months practicing and my trip to Pakistan certainly helped as my cousin is a skilled mehndi artist. I finally think that my most recent practice attempt is worth posting so here it is, for your viewing pleasure.

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It’s been quite a long time since I’ve posted anything. After the insane number of trips I took, I have been just so exhausted and I really didn’t have the energy to create any art. In fact, I’m not here to reflect upon my journey or to post any new doodles (both of which I do plan on doing in the near future) rather I wanted to post this anti-rape PSA out of the UK.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=YPC-Q2NMwJw

It is quite a powerful commercial which, interestingly enough, is directed at young men. I really do have to applaud the UK on this. One of the biggest hurdles that women in North America have to face is the culture of victim blaming. And not to mention that it addresses the fact that rape doesn’t often look like the screaming mess that TV and movies make it out to be. Rape is also a forceful partner who does not listen to the implicit and/or explicit signals from the victim to stop.

Its interesting how in the US women who demand basic preventative healthcare in the form of birth control are labelled sluts and prostitutes yet in the UK the government is actively working to prevent rape the right way (namely focusing on the perpetrators and not the victim). How many slut walks will it take for the public discourse to change here in North America? What are the British doing that we are not?

 

So I’ve taken a bit of a break from posting any doodles. December was a very hectic month for me for a few reasons and I spent basically all of 2012 thus far on the other side of the country and only got back home today. I have a 2 day stay here then I’m off to Pakistan. I haven’t been there for a little over 5 years and I’m pretty eager to see how it has changed since then. Hopefully I’ll be able to take some good pics with my fancy pants camera. Given that I have basically no skill with it I doubt that I will get anything better than what a basic point and shoot can accomplish but my fingers are crossed.

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