Notes From The Margin

July 21, 2007

Excellent article on HIV AIDS Programme in Barbados – RH Reality Check Blog

Filed under: AIDS,Barbados,blogging,Health Care,HIV — notesfromthemargin @ 1:52 am

Came across an interesting article by Jamaican Danielle Toppin on the “It’s Your Wicket” campaign by the National HIV Aids commission. While I can’t stand the ads personally I will admit that I’m not likely to be the target group. Danielle makes some interesting points in a well written thought provoking article. Read the article here: “It’s Your Wicket, Protect It!”



  1. Where in the campaign is the tendency to sexualize female bodies. The young in the ads and on the billboard is fully clothed with extra pads etc. If there was a young man instead, with the same message, would the campaign be sexualizing male bodies.
    The campaign speaks more to equal opportunity, it places young women in a position that they can choose and also advise on practising safe sex.
    The point of the campaign is to say protect your wicket, meaning protect your life. I thought that Barbadians who happen to be the self proclaimed authorities on cricket would get the point… your wicket equates to your life. Not your private parts, that’s what the box or “balls guard” for.
    The perverted persons with their minds in the gutter (although they are in denial of their minds being so low) are the very “self proclaimed” religous and moral defenders.
    We need defending from thvert the course of the communication and cause more harm than good. They need to start their so called moral campaign in their own houses and churches because society is the way it is due their outward condemnation, discrimination and destructive manner while they remain in denial of what goes on in their presence. The youth can see straight through them and will not respect them.
    They should be honest their own wickets first

    Comment by Anonymous — July 21, 2007 @ 5:28 pm | Reply

  2. It is probably way too late to even respond to the last comment, but I just came across this post, and I wanted to anyway.

    The comment by “anonymous” gives the impression that s/he completely missed my point in the article. Take a few minutes to re-read for clarity. I never in any way asserted that the campaign was sexually inappropriate, rather that it had raised eyebrows and controversy among those who thought it promoted promiscuity. This shows the importance of fully reading through pieces, instead of skimming over them.

    The point that I made about the sexualisation of female bodies was an aside. I presented both sides of the discussion and then at the end added my two cents.By talking about the ways in which we use bodies (BOTH male and female) in a sexual manner in advertising I am basically questioning the ways in which advertising uses female bodies. That was one SHORT paragraph in a long article. I also said that the approach to sexual health that seeks to deny the sexuality of women/men/boys/girls has always been problematic. If you read that as be being “perverted” and “moralistic”…what more can I say? You must take from it what you will.

    As for me being honest with my own wicket and checking for what goes on in my own house and church…I won’t touch on that; because who de cap fit mek dem wear it, and that cat don’t fit me.

    By the way…I am 100% Bajan:)

    Comment by Danielle Toppin — September 26, 2007 @ 3:13 am | Reply

  3. Danielle,

    It’ s never too late to respond, and welcome to the Margin. Well said and we hope you’ll stop by regularly.


    Comment by notesfromthemargin — September 26, 2007 @ 12:39 pm | Reply

  4. I really respect what you are doing here. So nice to hear a ‘dissenting voice’ querying the myth we were all brought up on…you know: Barbados has no governmental corruption, we have no race issues yadd yadda yadda. Hope you’ll keep providing your ‘marginal’ perspective and bring us a side that we aren’t likely to hear in any other forum.

    Comment by Danielle Toppin — September 26, 2007 @ 6:15 pm | Reply

  5. The blogs that really hold the Government’s hands to the fire on corruption are Barbados Free Press, and Barbados Underground, they each have their place on the net.

    We try to be thought provoking and to promote discussion on matters we think are important. Hopefully there are enough people out there who find that interesting 🙂
    Thank you for the kind comments, and we hope to see you here regularly.

    Best regards,

    Comment by notesfromthemargin — September 27, 2007 @ 12:37 am | Reply

  6. Marginal we are not sure if the political blogs merit the description “scandal blogs”. In the same way that you want to provoke discussion on more sedate issues the object is the same for BU and maybe BFP. We just seek to promote discussion which can question the old, traditional political constructs to which we have become accustomed.

    Comment by David — September 27, 2007 @ 5:15 am | Reply

  7. David,

    You are quite correct. I apologise , and we have edited the comment.

    Comment by notesfromthemargin — September 27, 2007 @ 12:23 pm | Reply

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