Consumers choice

This post is related to the question/topic that was put on our facebook fan page and linked to our twitter account. " Lets put each other up on some music. What are you playing/loving/listening to?" As Thesis we feel a need to have a constant dialogue with out consumers as to know what are they listening to, wearing, thinking...

This keeps us close to them and builds the bounds that we want to have in order to sustain the relationship.

Katleho Katt Kuaho is currently listening to Ezel feat Flexie Muiso - Pieces of Me (Original Mix)

Sandile Mavuso is Listening to Blue six- Noesis

Tsholofelo Raboshaga is listening to Amel Lovely Standards

Levi King Levi is listening to Bill Withers- Live at the Carnegie Hall

LeboSekere is listening to The Arrows- Lovesick

The PJs* Throwback TV

Unless you didn't have a TV, we know that you loved these!

Opabisi Oluwaseun with Innocent Mukheli

Opabisi Oluwaseun is a 19 year old self-trained illsutrator and graphic designer. On these pieces the young creative has worked with the photographs of South African art director, Innocent Mukheli. This piece is entitled Culture Clash.

View more of Opabisi's work here

You are Thesis...

Something is brewing in the camp...

Kanye West - Runaway

This is a perfect case of art forms coming together. Kanye West has done it again with the Runaway film in which he produced and directed. The fashion, music and film direction are something to die for. Big up to Mr West for the inspiration and highlight that TSJS is just more than an event. This is our future vision.

TSJS opening 206

Blunted Stuntman and Kid Fonque, legends of the 206 breaks scene are bringing back Tuesday nights at the Bassline in Newtown. Besides treating you to all manner of bass music your two hosts have invited a few legends of their own to share the decks. Enjoy.

Acoustic Cafe @ Garnethill Multicultural Centre - Nov 5th

The Glasgow Social Centre proudly present...

The Acoustic Cafe on November 5th.

6.30 - 11pm Garnethill Multicultural Centre (click for map).

This will be a brilliant night of amazing food and even better music from a host of performers including Rise Kagona, Honey and the Herbs, some stand up comedy and a host of solo performers. The music is not actually acoustic, we just like the name!

There will be lovely food cooked by the People's Kitchen to munch whilst watching all the fantastic performances.

Tickets are £3 in advance/£4 on the door and include all the music and food you could want! If you would like tickets please contact Sam (07983992243) or Johnny (07737030560) or email

Check out the poster for more details.


It's not a scientific article, but its based on one. Once again, hinting at the existence the social processing mechanism in female cognition.

The important take home message is that the media influence isn't just "cognitive", but that it seems to affect the physiology of the female brain. Note; men seem far less influenced by images.

Recycled craft workshop

This Thursday (21st) we will be back in the Lansdowne Church on Great Western Road from 6-9pm for more recycled craft. Last week we made recycled wallets, alien tenticles, salt dough craft and beaded bracelets.

Come along and please bring any materials which may be useful for making things.

People's Kitchen photos

Lots of hungry people at St. George's Cross and on Great Western Road were fed some lovely free food on Saturday. We made curry, soup and salad with skipped vegetables from the market.

The People's Kitchen will return on Saturday 13th November, hitting the streets at the earlier time of noon. See you then.

The Programmable Sex.

I thought I would list Baumeister's articles in order to provide some academic legitimacy to my concept of "the social processor" in female thought. As I mentioned in my social processor post, in women, the "social processor" has greater weighting over the generalised thought processes and can, in many instances, override their cognitive and primitive processes i.e reason and mating drives.

This conceptulisation does however lend some support to the left wing view that the female sexual identity is a social construct. The problem with the left wing view is that it is an all or nothing model whereas in reality women are a combination of their biological drives and social conditioning. Men are the same, except that in women the social conditioning has a greater control of their being, they are in effect more "programmable" than men. Women are "hard wired" to follow group norms.

I'm not a big fan of evo-biological explanations. If however, one were an evo-biologist, one could argue that this "hard wiring" is a result of evolutionary selection. Women, being physically smaller and weaker than men, would have gained a survival advantage by sticking together as a group rather than being solo. Women who could naturally follow the group would have been most likely to survive. Personally, being Catholic in my beliefs, I feel that God designed women this way. Whatever His reasons, God made women more "social" than men.

I deal with a lot of female anxiety and depression, a lot of it stemming from dysfunctional interpersonal reactions. When it comes to relationships with other women, one of the most distressing things that can happen to a women is for her to be on the outer, or outside the predominant clique. Women who are outside the group generally either try to associate with others or seek entry back into the clique. This isn't rocket science, anyone with a modicum of life experience and female friends will have observed the phenomenon. Behavioural alignment with the group brings some type of psychic benefit, exclusion, psychic pain. This is why "shaming" is such a powerful motivant in female behaviour, group ostracism brings the psychic hurt.

The question is, how do women determine what are group norms?

Clearly direct perception is the mechanism, but perception may be first hand or second hand. Let me give you an example of this second hand effect.

As a family physician I do a fair amount of gynaecological examinations. The trend for "less hair down there" was already evident in the early 90's. With Sex In the City and the popularisation of the "Brazilian", "hair" virtually disappeared down there. The early adopters being the more "trendier" type of girls. It is highly unlikely that women directly observed other women with hairless genitals, rather the knowledge of this behaviour was spread by the media and adopted by the women. The media were setting the standard for group norms subconsciously. No one in on the show, set out to convince women to have Brazilians, rather their positive portrayal of the practice, their association of it with the "alpha females" of the show, led to other women adopting the behaviour.

The Western cultural taboo of directly inquiring about other peoples sex lives means that a lot of information with regard to sexuality is gleaned second hand through the media. A media, which time and time again has shown itself to be unobjective. What the media choose to report and how they portray it will then determine how women will respond to it. If admirable women are presented as being promiscuous, then women will feel influenced to be promiscuous, no matter how "illogical" or "disagreeable" they find the practice. Their brains are wired to pull them into line. If chaste women are presented as "frigid, dysfunctional and asexual", a woman will be strongly influenced not to be chaste. The media then is the "invisible hand" of morality. It is not simply a source of information, but a powerful active shaper of behaviour, operating at a subconscious level. Men on the other hand, being more anti-social and solitary, would be more resistant to this type of influence.

Numerous articles have been written on the danger of porn consumption on men, but the more I've thought about female "behavioural plasticity" the more I'm convinced that porn is more likely to indirectly influence female behaviour more than male. Recently Roissy posted on the increasing incidence of anal sex, a behaviour whose acceptance I believe has been strongly facilitated by the consumption of pornography and its positive depictions of it.

Our society is drenched in porn. It is only a mouse click away. The internet, the perfect media for its distribution, allowing curiosity( or lust) to be satiated in anonymity. Most women do not seek porn like men do, yet they do note what goes on. Mrs Smith may initially be reluctant to engage in anal sex, but several porn videos that she has seen have shown the actress writhing in delight, and Mrs smith thinks, gee that's interesting but not for me. Then an article in Slate magazine reports that the behaviour is increasing in prevalence especially amongst the young (i.e attractive) and is very pleasurable.(Porn also operates on other levels, by using attractive participants, and psychologically linking pleasure to practice) Then it may be mentioned a bit more in the daily newspapers. Suddenly Mrs Smith feels that it is a more common practice than she imagined and she is on the outer. Finally, in a discussion with some close friends, she hears how some of her other friends have tried it with variable results. Finally, even though she is not that keen, she gives into her husband, who has been pestering her, to try it. Whereas previously she would not even have considered it, the idea of being outside the group influenced her to try it. If the experience is positive, it becomes powerfully reinforced, if neutral tolerable, if negative, she may feel guilty because she can't give her partner something other women can give theirs.

Years earlier, there was no porn for her to see, the media would not have mentioned it at all out of considerations for "public morality" and socially she would have been ostracised if anyone found out she practiced it. Mr Smith may have wanted to try it, but there was no way in hell that she was going to do it, all her friends were backing her up.

On a meta level, the question of how much of female behaviour is "endogenous" and how much is "external" is of more than academic interest. How "independent" is a woman in the uninfluenced choice her actions? How free can a woman be if she is endogenously biased against rebelling against the crowd? If women are strongly influenced by their peers, and their peers strongly influenced by the media, how independent of the media are they(NSFW)? The political ramifications are enormous.

Bois Noir- Mahala Congo Project

Bois Noir is a unique Mahala project that aims to shine a light on the dark heart of Africa.

JR, Montle and McGee are three broke Jozi-based creatives with big dreams and empty wallets. Driven to despair photographing, reporting and participating in South Africa’s street culture scene they hatch a simple plan. Leveraging off JR’s family connections to the Democratic Republic of Congo’s ruling elite, the self-described Good Time Mafia of South African youth culture plan to make some hard cash by establishing a photographic studio and media shop in Kinshasa. Lord help them.

Bois Noir (Black Wood) is a unique creative multi media project presented by Mahala, that aims to document the lives and experiences of three of South Africa’s freshest talents, as they struggle to establish themselves, and their business, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In so doing, they will act as the crowbar that lifts the lid and exposes the culture, politics, society and creative industries of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Through photographs, video clips, interviews and the written word, published online with weekly video blogs, in print and in film, the Bois Noir crew will allow audiences to track their daily exploits: triumphs and failures and journey with them as they try to make art, and their fortunes.

Imagine Creme Cartel meets Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness at a Bush Meat barbecue Big Space is behind the decks, JR is amping the vibe and McGee is shooting the pics and drinking the tequila out the bottle. It’s a story that cuts to the heart of the crisis of being young, creative and broke – set in a truly African paradigm and providing insight into the cultural workings of Africa’s sleeping giant.

Read up more here


New South Africa?

Gille Peterson presents World Wide- A celebration of his syndicated radio show

Two-disc set spans the show’s ten year existence and features music from Nitin Sawhney, Cinematic Orchestra feat Roots Manuva, Qtip, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Herbert, Jay Dee, Dwele, Amy Winehouse, Dizzy Rascal, M.I.A., Sebastien Tellier, Benga, Darkstar and much more.

Ten years in the making, this compilation is a tribute to a truly groundbreaking show, music and a serious music personality who is ahead of the curve and debuts awesome records on his show before anyone else. Gilles Peterson is a truly revered international club and radio DJ and one of music’s foremost tastemakers (possibly the most well known in the whole world) in a world dominated by style over substance.

Inner sleeve

Win the Feiyue X Andre Collabo sneakers

Up for grabs is one of our very special ANDRE Collabs we posted about before this. They’re retailing at R840 and there’s only 12 available in S.A.

So how to Enter:

  1. Follow this link:
  2. Like the astoreisgood fan page along with the Feiyue fan page (how neat are those 2 buttons?)
  3. Enter your name, e-mail address and footwear size into the appropriate e boxes and BOOM!

Feiyue X ANDRE Collabo

Since day one, the FEIYUE team has made a habit of giving artists free rein to their creativity. The FEIYUE sneaker becomes a new canvas for expression, a source of inspiration that has given the world unique artistic creations.

FEIYUE!s ambition to create connections between fashion and art, evident in its collections and
marketing campaigns, immediately attracted ANDRÉ.

ANDRÉ has been pasting the walls of the world!s biggest cities since the age of 13. Having risen to international fame with his leggy eponymous character, “Monsieur A” and his “Love Graffiti”, ANDRÉ is recognized on the street art scene by his ubiquitous use of the color pink.

ANDRÉ is also known for giving graffiti a new meaning by introducing
his images in the clubs and night-spots of cities like Paris, New York and Tokyo. Today, ANDRÉ is the Artistic Director and owner of some of the hottest nightclubs and restaurants in the
world and a major influence on the international nightlife scene.

For this exceptional collaboration, FEIYUE and ANDRÉ have limited distribution of 350 pairs to the most premier establishments across the world with a maximum of 24 pairs in 1 exclusive retailer per country.
Launching in October 2010 at COLETTE in Paris, the artistic collaborationbetween FEIYUE and ANDRÉ will be on the brands first model, the Fe-Lo. The creation is a humble sneaker in white
canvas featuring the famous “Mr. A” and matching laces.

But ANDRÉ wanted to go further. Taking full advantage of the medium offered by FEIYUE, he returns to his first love, drawing and illustration, as he did in the DRAWINGS exhibition at COLETTE in February 2010. The artist uses the psychedelic imagery of the 60s and 70s, combined with his memories of the comics he used to read when he was little to illustrate the shoe-box and the sole of each FEIYUE x ANDRÉ model with his vision of Paris. The result
was a simple yet compelling super-saturated vision of the French capital in movement, just like the Paris in FEIYUE!s most recent marketing campaign, “Circles.”

Female Erotic Programmability, Reading Material.

A while ago I put up a few posts outlining my thoughts on how womens cognitive processing differs from that of men, based upon my experiences with patients suffering from Post Natal Depression.

See here, here and here.

Well it appears that someone else has been thinking on the same lines.

Dr Roy Baumeister is apparently a doyen of evolutionary psychology and has pretty much come to same type of mental model with regard to female sexual response.

BAUMEISTER, R.F. (2000). Gender differences in erotic plasticity: The female sex drive as socially flexible and responsive. Psychological Bulletin, 126, 347 – 374.


BAUMEISTER, R.F. (2004)Gender and Erotic plasticity: Sociocultural Influences on the Sex Drive. Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 19, 133-139.

I plan to comment on these papers in the next post.

Fundamentals of Conservatism. Update.

I got several positive (and some negative) comments with regards to my Fundamentals of Conservatism posts. For those who are interested, I plan to continue these in the next few weeks. Stay tuned.

Big Up to our boy Wireless_G for being part of the awesome Nike: More Than Air campaign.

The Wireless_G

Air Max 1 tooo nice...!

Caster Leading the way...

Caster leading the way with the Wireless_G around the corner...!

Here is a low down about the Wireless_G: At just the tender age of 23, Galebowe Mahlatsi commonly known as wireless_g in the streets of Soweto is a worldwide underground type of person. By this we mean that he has traveled the world and shared the stage with the likes of Lefto, Benji B and Exile. Having started his DJ career in 2003 under the alias of Gee, wireless was mainly a house music dj with his sound grounded on soul and jazz as these were and still are his two most loved music genres. During his house music times, wireless was resident of Primi Bazala at Maponya Mall and played alongside DJ China, Claude, Bobo, Bilal, and Nana.

With the start of the Thesis Social Jam Sessions in 2008, The wireless sound gained momentum and diversity from soul, hip hop to Afro beat to Broken beat. This sound called free style and canned by Gilles Peterson, has seen him share the stage with prominent local Dj's Kid Fonque and Kenzhero in his native hood of Soweto.

Wireless_g has opened the stage for Blu and Exile, Ben Westbeech, Babu (The Band). His sound is still grounded on his first love of Soul and Jazz and includes the futuristic sounds of Dirty Paraffin and The Layders combined with Flying Lotus. This young lad is something to behold in the future of South African music landscape through his selection and cu-ration of tracks.

Now it's Nike this boy is destined for big things I tell you. Keep watching the space and his blog:

I have to say this Nike campaign is fresh and Nike like...!

Trends that Will End Badly.

Today, Roissy put up an interesting post on the subject of anal sex. The practice seems to be entering the mainstream. It's my personal belief that it is due to the ubiquity of porn and its influence on modern Western Culture. Coincidentally, the local medical press recently reported an increase in the rate of anal/rectal cancer amongst the under 40's. Note, the rate seems to have commenced it rise from about 1984, about the time of the home video revolution. Video, it appears, did more than just kill the radio star.

Perhaps there is a link?

Here is a table reproduced from the same study.
(Click to enlarge.)

Once again, numbers matter.

(Architectural) plans are afoot

Here's another sneak preview of 30 St. George's Road. For those of you who don't know this is the space we want to move into.

This week we were in so our resident architect Fi (pictured) could do drawings of the ground floor and basement to show the council where the new staircase will be. Just one of the hoops that we have to jump through!

So after we have these plans in and they are ok'd then we will be getting very close to having a social centre again. We hope that you're all as excited as we are.

DJ Premier Two Cities Tour


O.S.T Block Party
Feat DJKenzhero & Vigi
08 October 2010

Cape Town

The Assembly
Feat Ill Skills - DJ Azul - DJKenzhero
Sat 09 October 2010

Yes DJ Premier is playing in JoHo and CPT...!

Infidelity, Part 3.

I'd though I'd list a few studies which, though flawed, still show a link between sexual partner count and infidelity.

Sexual Infidelity among Married and Cohabiting Americans. Author(s): Judith Treas and Deirdre Giesen, Journal of Marriage and the Family, Vol. 62, No. 1 (Feb., 2000), pp. 48-60.

This was one of the first big studies looking into the the phenomena and controlled for an extensive list of variables including education, sexual values, sexual interest, religious values, marital duration and cohabitation. The study involved 2598 women between the ages of 18-59.

Some of the statistically significant positive predictors of infidelity were:


Sexual interest, defined as how often the subject thought about sex, (1.30).
Non permissiveness, defined as how negatively infidelity was viewed, (0.53).
Number of partners, (1.01). (N.B partners= partners after the age of 18 and before first marriage.)
Living in the central city, (1.47).
Male, (1.47).
Marital duration, (1.03).
Sharing a mate's social network, (0.74).

Each year of marriage increased the odds of infidelity by 3% whilst each additional sexual partner (after 18 years of age) increased the odds of infidelity by 1%.

This study also looked into attitudes and 99% of respondents expected sexual exclusivity. The polyamory crowd are freaks.

The study seems to be flawed in its methodology. The women were divided into two groups, those who were married once and those who were married more than once. The once married were allowed to answer sensitive questions anonymously whilst those who were married more than once were interviewed. Of those married more than once, the data excluded sexual relations that had happened after separation but before divorce and infidelity was only measured for the most current or recent marriage. In other words, if a woman had been unfaithful in her previous marriage it wasn't included. (I don't know who dreams up the methodologies of some of these studies, they almost seem to want to artificially lower the rates of infidelity)

Another study to look at infidelity, available online, is;

Cherkas et al. (2004). Genetic Influences on Female Infidelity and Number of Sexual Partners in Humans: A Linkage and Association Study on the Role of the Vasopressin Receptor Gene (AVPR1A). Twin Research, 7, 649–658.

This study was flawed in that it sent out a questionnaire to 3654 pairs of female twins aged between 19 and 83, of which only 46% bothered to complete and return it. Personally, I feel that this biases the study towards "conscientious" types, introducing another confounding variable into the analysis. However even with this bias toward the "goodie-goodies" a link between promiscuity and infidelity was statistically established. The mean number of lifetime partners was 4.67. The unfaithful had a mean of 7.73 whilst the faithful had a mean of 3.78. (p<0.001) all have their faults. But with regard to promiscuity, all studies show an increase in the risk of divorce and infidelity correlated with cumulative partner count. People may legitimately argue about the degree of the effect but no study shows a protective or indifferent effect.

A good review article, available on line, is;

Infidelity in Committed Relationships II: A Substantive Review. AJ Blow, K Hartnett, Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. April 2005, Vol. 31, No. 2, 217-233.

Perceptive readers will note that I have mentioned nearly all the major studies looking at promiscuity and infidelity. I have not been selective in the studies that I've presented. What's really interesting in how little research has actually been done on the matter despite such a strong correlation. Now, I'm fully aware that correlation is not causation, but the whole raison d'etre of statistics is to establish correlations which may be causally linked.

Infidelity, Part 2.

A far better study looking at the correlates of infidelity is,

Sexual infidelity in a national survey of American women: Differences in prevalence and correlates as a function of method of assessment. MA Whisman, DK Snyder, Journal of Family Psychology,Vol. 21, No. 2, 147–154.

This was an interesting study based on the 1995 National Survey of Family Growth and involved 4884 women.

It was a study with a twist.

The authors recognised, from previous research, that the response people give at an interview may be influenced by by the method of data acquisition. Namely, people are less likely to give accurate answers with regard to socially questionable activity in a face to face interview compared to an anonymous technique.

For "sensitive" data, the National Survey of Family Growth employs two techniques:
a) A traditional face to face interview.
b) A-CASI method, where the person listens to questions on headphones privately and enters the data into a computer, eliminating any "interviewer" effect.

What the authors did was compare data from the two responses and measured the difference.

Respondents were asked if they had a "secondary" sex partner over the previous 12 months. The study controlled for race, age, education, previous sexual abuse, religiosity, cohabitation and divorce.

Face to face interview revealed an incidence of infidelity of 1.08%
A-CASI interview yielded an incidence of 6.13%, nearly a six times greater increase in infidelity.

In fact, the authors found that when comparing the two techniques, significant differences in response were found with regard to:

1) Educational achievement.
2) Lifetime sexual partners.
3) Premarital cohabitation.
4) Ethnicity.

No differences were observed with regard to:

1) Religion.
2) Remarriage
3) Race.
4) Age
5) Childhood sexual abuse.

To quote the authors;
Thus, the fact that infidelity has been assessed using different methods across different studies may help to explain the inconsistent findings across existing studies. For example, if the current data obtained from the two modes of interview had been reported in two separate studies, three predictors would have been significant in one study but not the other, and the magnitude of the effects for four of the predictors would have been significantly different between the two studies. As such, the present findings regarding significant differences in the magnitude of the association between predictors and infidelity underscore the importance of consistent use of assessment methods across studies if a replicable set of predictors of infidelity is to be identified
And what were the correlates?
(Based on the A-CASI method of data acquisition, table has been modified and data omitted per copyright compliance, any breach is unintentional.)

Religion was scored on a 5 point scale, from never going to church to going to church more than once a week. Education was scored in years with the mean being 13.2 years.

Each additional sexual partner increased the odds of infidelity by 7% while increasing years of education seem to decrease the risk by 10%. Very roughly speaking each addition partner negates the benefit of a year of education with regard to infidelity risk. Yet another study demonstrating the effect of promiscuity on relationship exclusivity/stability.