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The Side Eye: Charity Sends Used Underwear To Africa


Zimbabwe needs your used knickers to stop sexual abuse. On a visit to Zimbabwe, ex-pat Morag Roy was informed by a Catholic priest that women and girls in the villages needed to wear undergarments in order to note prestige and therefor ward off sexual abuse. Roy returned to Australia, and with the help of the New Zealand maternity lingerie line HOTmilk gathered donations of new and used undies to send to Zimbabwe. We're curious if this is the result of an informed analysis of sexual abuse in Zimbabwe or another opportunity for busy bodies to feel charitable. The yuck aspect of shipping off skid marks to Africa (the website calls it "pre-loved lingerie"), combined with the fact that folks in poor countries have already said they don't want your old crap warrants a side eye for this story (they would get a side eye for their logo alone, below). Also, didn't Zimbabwe recently ban the sale or donation of second-hand undergarments?

 

 

 

 

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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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