A Girl is a Body of Water

Until that night, Kirabo had not cared about her.

A Girl is a Body of Water, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Tin House 2020

What stuck with me most is how well Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi communicated the surprise and shrugs Ugandans had/felt about European ideas like time and religion. Might sound silly and/or narrow-minded but yes: not everyone cuts days into twelve hours and decides that one way of going at it is the right way. It’s all been decided before somewhere, and doesn’t mean that elsewheres should go along.

A Girl is a Body of Water plays out in a different time – Uganda in the nineteen-seventies and -eighties – and in a different world. The plot is familiar: absent parent decides to bring first child into second family. But Kirabo has plenty of other things on her mind; Sio, the mother who refused her, familial issues between her grandmother and the village witch and adjusting to private school and the city after growing up in a rural village.

Makumbi makes it all feel a bit like a fairy tale; even when dire reality sets in (war, death), it seems like something our princess has to get through to get to her happy ending. This absence and style takes some getting used to, but after you’re all in: we want the Stories of Kirabo; and we get them.

The Principles of Pleasure

3 x 50 min.

Enigszins arrogant dacht ik wel alles te weten over dit onderwerp. Hormonen, seksuele vrijheid, hokjesdenken etc. Je hersenen zijn je grootste seksuele orgaan en zo hebben we alles gehad.

Een deel was dan ook geen nieuws, maar hoe het werd gebracht was fris. Vrouw-gefocust, af en toe de giechels, veel informatie zonder het huiswerkgevoel te krijgen.

In drie afleveringen worden lichaam, geest en relaties behandeld. En seksspeeltjes zijn daar onderdeel van, mocht je van plan zijn dit samen met anderen te bekijken.

Essential viewing: voor vrouwen én mannen.