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Booty call rules

No sleeping over - unless it is very good and we need to repeat it in the morning.No meeting in public except for dinner or drinks before the events of the evening.No calls before 9 PM - we don't have shit to talk about.None of that "lovemaking" shit - only sex allowed.No emotional discussions (i.e. Where are we heading with this? Do you love me?) The answer is no, so don't ask.No plans made in advance - that is why you are called the "backup," unless you are from out-of-town, then it's only a one-time advanced arrangement.All gifts accepted - money is always good.No baby talk - however, dirty talk is encouraged.No asking for comparisons with former lovers - it's really none of your damn business.No calling each other "friends with privileges" we are not friends, just sex buddies.Calling out the wrong name during sex is OK - don't be offended.No extra clothing - I don't want your ass leaving anything behind when you leave.No fallin…

World without men, amen

Flashback Friday, a column on feminist notions...

I am contemplating this, just to see how tightly I am Bound to the hegemony.

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Cinnamon Gurl sparked this off. Thanks. Each week the Flashback Friday: Feminist Edition will feature a story that has something to do with being or becoming a woman or feminist. This series will continue until I run out of stories. I love having guest bloggers. If you have a story you want to tell and you want to be a guest blogger here, please email me; or feel free to link to your own story in the comments.

The miniskirt invitation

Flashback Friday, a column on feminist notions...

Redi Direko picked up a talk show from a news report that a young girl wearing a miniskirt was raped by taxi drivers to punish her for dressing provocatively. Men and women at the scene cheered the taxi drivers on, saying she deserved it (...more, although I searched the Sowetan archives about the incident and found they were very eager to report the bystanders she-deserved-it-response and the probability that the taxi-drivers would get away with it, instead of reporting where what and how we can make them come to book. Sowetan also published the victim's full name so that her victimisation can continue. There right, but not their duty. No names of the taxi drivers, or 'alleged rapists', were mentioned.)

Direko followed the first show up with a second show that focused on what listeners suggest should be done. Similar incidents were mentioned by people who called in, speaking of women wearing pants. These were some of the sug…

Ideal companies in the second millenium

Companies that thrive in the knowledge-driven global economy are spread out, with loose hierarchies, not rigid centralized structures. They depend on complex, constantly changing streams of information that can't be contained by any one source. And the tasks of groups within these firms link them to people within the company and without. The distributed-yet-interconnected character of contemporary work dictates reaching outward...And a bedrock for any successful team is a culture that supports frank discussion even if it's about bad news or mistakes.

TIME: It's what's on the outside that counts
As a poor student at Peking University in the early 1980s, Michael Yu wanted to follow his ambitious classmates to the U.S. for graduate school. He scored high on the required Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and was accepted at several universities, but he couldn't land the scholarships he needed to pay his way. So he stayed in Beijing, teaching English grammar …