Posted By Sandra Alland

Well, last night's show went well... Kabarett at the Voodoo Rooms was sold out again! It was all a bit posh for me -- most of the space was pre-booked for tables of diners, so that anyone coming only to see the show had to stand at the way-too-crowded back. The dining thing also made me feel a little like I was performing on a cruise ship... but we met some wonderful musicians, and burlesque and circus folk, and the lovely T was there filming us. That made Zorras feel loved. Also, we did our new piece, Head Games, which makes me pee my pants laughing. So all in all a good time...

In other news, I just finished reading Virginie Despentes' Baise-Moi (Rape Me). I think the book is even harsher than the film in some ways. I like that there's more about the two main characters before they meet in the book; it gives more depth (or a different kind of depth). In all, it's a tour de force about how violence begets violence, and about women's capacity for violence (a subject that is certainly still taboo despite talk of "equality"). I don't recommend it for the faint of heart, but this book raises many fascinating questions, especially about how we perceive and accept violence from men, and about how we ignore brutality (until it is presented as coming from the supposedly gentler sex).

Speaking of violence, a woman was recently blinded, kidnapped and raped for 7 hours in a pre-built den in the bushes of a park I used to walk through often (the Dalry-Gorgie tunnel). The woman managed to persuade her attackers to let her go at 10pm. She was abducted at 3 in the afternoon, behind a Lidl supermarket, with many people passing by. No place is ever safe, but there is a specific horror to Edinburgh, and I'm not sure how much longer I can stand to be here. Two young men, 20 and 26 years old, planned the attack in advance and felt confident enough to carry it out in broad daylight. They have now been arrested, but of course with very little media attention... Edinburgh has a tourist repuation to uphold. And people with money don't walk anyway...

There is a Reclaim the Night march for International Women's Day on 8th March at 6:45 pm at Festival Square on Lothian Road. But in Edinburgh we also have to Reclaim the Day...

 


 
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