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Wednesday, January 02, 2019

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Dear Editor,

While it's not my intention to either condone or trivialise the bad experiences of others, I find it rather puzzling when we juxtapose some of the reported ones to the area of our culture which relates to street dances.

There are scores of street dances held across the length of Jamaica. These dances, some of which are held in volatile areas, are attended in droves by visitors from North America, Japan, Europe, and South America. Of note, some of these dances are held in places where even many locals fear to trod.

There is Nipples Tuesday in Waterhouse, Wapping Thursdays in Cockburn Pen, on Wednesdays Philly Black's plaza on Olympic Way comes alive with a bash, Maverley has its weekend bash, there is an event in Greenwich Farm, Boom Sundays in Grant's Pen, not to mention those spread across Montego Bay and other parts of St James.

In all of this, I am yet to hear of anyone being assaulted or raped at any of these events at which there is copious use of ganja and consumption of alcohol. Plus, the mode of dress of the females in attendance leaves nothing to the imagination. Then there is the style of dances they execute, which at best can be described as soft core sexual 'outercourse'. Now, it's either that assaults are non-existent or not being reported. If it's a case of the former then it's proof positive that music is the most powerful unifying force on the planet.

No wonder it is said when music hits you, you feel no pain.

Donald Plummer

St Andrew


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