Penis-shaped cactus sells for Rp 2 million at auction as part of anti-sexual harassment campaign

first_imgAs part of a campaign against sexual harassment, a cactus shaped like a penis and testicles has been sold in a Twitter-based charity auction for Rp 2 million (US$143). The auction was held to highlight the rise in sexual abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic.Behind the auction were Raka Ibrahim and his friend, a female survivor of sexual assault who prefers to remain anonymous. It was initially planned that the cactus would be sent to the person who allegedly assaulted Raka’s friend.However, both agreed to the more honorable action of hosting the auction, with the proceeds donated to the Purple Code Collective, a group focusing on digital rights, especially for women, and which helps to raise awareness about sexual abuse. “As a friend of a sexual abuse survivor, I would like to show my support. […] this way we can also check our privilege and unlearn toxic sexist mindsets,” Raka told The Jakarta Post recently.Kaktus berbentuk pelir ini tadinya mau dikirim teman perempuan saya ke laki-laki yang melecehkannya untuk meluapkan amarah.Lalu dia pikir, enggak usah deh. Mending dilelang, lalu hasilnya disumbangkan ke lembaga pendampingan korban kekerasan seksual.Berminat?#KaktusPelir— Negara Kesatuan Raka Ibrahim (@coldrebellion) June 5, 2020Within the period March 16 to April 19, the Legal Aid Foundation of the Indonesian Women’s Association for Justice (LBH APIK) recorded 97 cases of violence against women. Among those 97 cases, 33 cases were recorded as domestic violence and 30 cases were online-based sexual abuse. The increasing number of sexual violence cases against women also inspired the duo to hold the auction.“We are not sure who was involved in this bid, but the auction gained attention as it was shared multiple times by pro-gender equality activists,” Raka added.According to him, even without setting a minimum bid, the first bidder offered Rp 200,000. An anonymous Twitter user, identified only as #Indotititmungil, which means tiny penis, placed the winning bid of Rp 1.75 million but later decided to raise this to Rp 2 million. “The point is that people like me [sexual abuse survivors] are not alone. For every one abuser, we’ve got thousands of people who support us,” Raka’s friend told the Post.She said fighting against social injustice did not always have to involve catchy slogans or a well-organized action plan.“You just need one penis-shaped cactus and a good friend,” she added. “I needed a voice, but I couldn’t just use my own. So, when people showed up to represent my voice, it healed my trauma.”The online auction has received lots of support from Twitter users who retweeted the auction almost 500 times.“The cactus is cute. So glad that they didn’t send it to the sexual predator and auctioned it instead #kaktuspelir [penis-shaped cactus],” an activist Lini Zurlia wrote on her twitter account @Lini_ZQ supporting the auction.“To all my fellow comrades, this is the only adorable penis we’re allowed to fight for,” another twitter user @GabrielleAlixia wrote.“Buying this penis-shaped cactus might be just a small gesture, but it is important to say no to sexual abuse,” Raka said through his twitter account @coldrebellion on Saturday.Topics :last_img read more

Former Bordeaux scout hits out at the club over the signing of former Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny

first_img Comment When asked whether he would have bought someone younger, he responded: ‘Yes, like [Anthony] Briançon from Nimes.‘He’d have cost €3m, but he’s 23, 24, and we could have helped him to the next level at Bordeaux and then, in two years, maybe sold him on to a major championship such as the English league for €8-12m.‘But we’ll never sell Koscielny! They said they wanted the Bordeaux model to be about trading – but you trade with youngsters, not 34-year-olds!’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityKoscielny established himself as a French international and one of the Premier League’s most consistent defenders during nine years at Arsenal in which he made 353 appearances in all competitions.Despite his longevity at the club, though, Koscielny’s reputation at Arsenal has suffered due to the manner in which he engineered his exit from the club.Koscielny provoked further backlash after removing an Arsenal to shirt to reveal a Bordeaux one underneath in the club’s official announcement video on social media.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 14 Aug 2019 2:23 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link304Shares Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Koscielny was named on the bench as Bordeaux were beaten 3-1 by Angers on Saturday (Picture: Getty)Speaking to Get French Football News, he said: ‘It’s not at all the choice that I would have made. Buy a 34-year-old, spend €5m on him, pay him around €3.3m a year. For me, no, he’s not the player I’d have recruited.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He’s the type of player I’d have thought might have gone to China, gone somewhere for more money – ok, he’s decided to stay in France, but I wouldn’t have invested that much money, if I’d been at Bordeaux, on a 34-year-old.‘Yes, he’s got lots of caps, a good reputation, he’s a very good player. But they’ve signed him for four years! Four years at three million, three and a half million a year! They’re giving him 15 million over four years!’Nouveau joueur, nouveau maillot, retrouvez-le dès maintenant ici ➡— FC Girondins de Bordeaux (@girondins) August 6, 2019 Former Bordeaux scout hits out at the club over the signing of former Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny A former Bordeaux scout has questioned the club’s decision to sign Laurent Koscielny (Picture: Getty)Former Bordeaux scout Laurent Calippe has criticised the club’s decision to sign Laurent Koscielny from Arsenal this summer saying they have overpaid for him given his age.Koscielny left Arsenal in acrimonious circumstances after refusing to travel on the club’s pre-season tour of the United States and eventually joined Bordeaux in a £4.6m deal last week.Arsenal had been keen to keep Koscielny prior to his outburst in July and his arrival has been widely seen as a coup for Bordeaux considering they finished 14th in Ligue 1 last season.That isn’t a view shared by the recently departed Calippe, however, who claims that Bordeaux have committed too much money towards a player who will turn 34 next month.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Ansu Fati ready for Gamper Trophy encounter

first_img Promoted ContentHidden For A Thousand Years – A Secret Of The Great Wall Of ChinaTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A VegetarianThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical The 17-year-old has recovered from his hip problems and has trained with his team-mates on Friday morning. Loading… Read Also: Guardiola: My commitment remains the same on MessiThe young forward is seen as a key cog in Ronald Koeman ‘s squad this term, with his exciting potential not lost on anyone at the club.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Ansu Fati is set to appear for Barcelona in Saturday’s Joan Gamper Trophy encounter with Elche at the Camp Nou.Advertisementlast_img read more

Syracuse players turn to rollerblading for transportation, exercise and team bonding

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Skytop Road on Syracuse University’s South Campus isn’t the most ideal terrain to rollerblade.That’s why, earlier this hockey season, freshman forward Victoria Klimek took a tumble while skating down the hill. She was still learning, fellow freshman Kristen Siermachesky said. But that didn’t make it any less funny.“It was a huge wipeout,” Siermachesky said, cocking her head back in laughter. “(But) she’s improved.”Syracuse (12-20-2, 11-8-1 College Hockey Association) players rollerblade whenever they can, especially during the earlier months of the fall semester. It’s a fun way for them to do their weekly flush rides, performed every Sunday to keep their muscles loose, but also provides a good method of transportation for players living on South Campus. It also serves as a way for the younger and older players on the team to hang out during the offseason.“When I first came here I didn’t really think anyone was gonna be rollerblading,” sophomore defender Logan Hicks said. “We rollerblade to soccer games, down to campus or to get food. It’s really fun, it’s a nice place to do it. It’s Syracuse, our campus is really hilly.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHicks pointed out that the first week she got to campus she noticed most of the upperclassmen were rollerblading, which prompted her to buy new rollerblades. The Scottsdale, Arizona, native played street hockey growing up with her family during the winter but hadn’t rollerbladed much since. At Hicks’ home, there was always the problem of the weather being too hot during the summer to play. In Syracuse, Hicks and the Orange struggle with snow, which frequently prevents them from using sidewalks and roads.Weather isn’t the only obstacle for Syracuse in its efforts to rollerblade, though. With many of the roads on South Campus lacking sidewalks, the players usually have to skate in the streets, which have been a dangerous place.Former goalie Kallie Billadeau, Syracuse’s all-time leader in games played in goal, once missed time after getting in an accident on Skytop Road, head coach Paul Flanagan said. She was on her scooter when a car cut her off, forcing her to sit out a couple of weeks, Flanagan said. He’s glad that his players stay active and rollerblade when they can, but worries about their well-being on the roads.“I think it’s awesome, as long you’re careful,” Flanagan said. “The last thing we need is anybody getting picked off by some crazy driver.”When the team decides to rollerblade it usually doesn’t have a final destination in mind. The players will often meet together with their rollerblades, start skating somewhere, and follow whichever path they wind up on, Siermachesky said. When they do decide where to go, besides going to campus or soccer games, they’ll often blade to Manley Field House and the Stevenson Educational Center to do schoolwork.Rollerblading has become a favorite method of transportation for the team’s flush rides in lieu of biking or running, which have been performed more commonly in the past. Flanagan prefers his players bike on the Onondaga Lake Park bike trail, which he made sure to point out is paved, but doesn’t mind that his players branch out in their flush ride techniques. Some players still bike, but the rollerblading movement among the hockey team is here to stay.“We love skating,” Siermachesky said. “You’re also working the muscles that you skate with.”The similarity between rollerblading and skating is one of Flanagan’s favorite parts of the activity. He’s pointed out in the past that things like biking and running are beneficial for hockey players because they work different muscle groups, but rollerblading has its positives as well.Rollerblading is a low-impact activity that doesn’t put as much stress on the players’ joints as running, according to Biking, meanwhile, isn’t nearly as aerobically demanding as rollerblading, not to mention as fun, the players said. Flanagan said he worries and wants his players to temper their easygoingness while rollerblading across campus, but that hasn’t stopped him from promoting the activity.“With our sport you’re skating all the time,” Flanagan said. “Rollerblading and skating, that’s a little bit of cross training. I think it’s kind of neat. I wish more people around here were doing it.”Syracuse’s season may be nearing its end, but after its final game, SU’s players will just step outside and trade ice for pavement and blades for wheels.They just have to watch out for traffic. Comments Published on February 26, 2018 at 10:06 pm Contact Eric: [email protected] | @esblack34last_img read more

Cincinnati and Boston College set for Birmingham Bowl

first_img COMMENT Birmingham Bowl: No. 23 Cincinnati (10-3) vs. Boston College (6-6) in Birmingham, Alabama, Thursday at 3 p.m. EST (ESPN).Line: Cincinnati by 7-1/2.Series record: Boston College leads 4-3.WHAT’S AT STAKE: Cincinnati is looking to finish up ranked in the Top 25 and have a second straight season with 11 wins. Boston College wants to secure a winning record and its first bowl win since 2016, while being led by interim coach Rich Gunnell.KEY MATCHUPCincinnati and the AAC’s top scoring defense against an offense averaging 451 yards and 30.9 points per game. The Bearcats are allowing an average of 21.7 points.PLAYERS TO WATCHCincinnati: QB Desmond Ridder is a double threat. He has passed for 2,069 yards and 17 touchdowns against nine interceptions. He also has run for 570 yards and two scores.Boston College: RB David Bailey replaces Boston College’s all-time leading rusher A.J. Dillon, who is skipping the bowl game to prepare for the NFL draft. The 240-pound Bailey ran for 181 yards against North Carolina State and 172 versus Syracuse, rushing for a pair of touchdowns in each game.FACTS & FIGURESIt’s the first time since 2009 that the Bearcats were ranked in the final regular season poll. … Cincinnati has two transfers who are eligible to play after completing the NCAA’s mandated one year in residence: offensive lineman James Hudson (Michigan) and safety Bryan Cook (Howard). … Boston College’s last bowl win was 36-30 over Maryland in the 2016 Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit. The First Responder Bowl in Dallas last year was cancelled due to the weather in the first quarter last season. … The Eagles fired Steve Addazio after seven seasons on Dec. 1. SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE Written By LIVE TVcenter_img Last Updated: 2nd January, 2020 11:20 IST Cincinnati And Boston College Set For Birmingham Bowl Cincinnati is looking to finish up ranked in the Top 25 and have a second straight season with 11 wins. Boston College wants to secure a winning record and its first bowl win since 2016, while being led by interim coach Rich Gunnell. Associated Press Television News FOLLOW US First Published: 2nd January, 2020 11:20 ISTlast_img read more