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Saturday, 30 December 2017

Hero's Journey in Fiction


What do major film or novel franchises have in common? The ones that feature stories involving a protagonist on a quest to save the world from some sort of disaster. There's typically a love interest, a villain, a sidekick or band of sidekicks, and a resolution where everyone lives happily ever after. Themes of Good vs Evil ring true. This is known as the 'Hero's Journey' story structure.

Thursday, 28 December 2017

2017: Don't Look Back in Anger


My brother is a fan of the Oasis song ‘Don’t look back in anger.’ It is a pretty good song; the intro sounds like ‘Imagine’ by Lennon. This post is named so as a yearly reflection due to my tendency to look back at things negatively. I tend to look at extremes; it’s either brilliant or terrible. This year has not been wholly terrible, and I am reminding myself to not look back at things with a red mist dancing in front of my eyes.

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Celebrity Culture & Reality TV


In 1983, Scorseze released a film featuring De Niro called 'The King of Comedy.' The film was a satirical comment on the obsession with the celebrity, and of people desiring fame for the sake of validation rather than time spent honing their craft and talent.

Monday, 25 December 2017

Alicia Keys vs Beyoncé


Ah, two of my favourite female singers. Guys, I am a person who thinks, and people who think need to keep on thinking. So here's to some thoughtful thoughts about these two women. (Spoiler alert: Alicia Keys is better. Let's find out why).

Saturday, 23 December 2017

The Crisis of Masculinity


I'm a film fanatic - clearly, if you see my post from yesterday and various others. One of the great things about Fight Club is it highlights the problem of masculinity in the modern age.

Friday, 22 December 2017

Top 40 Favourite Films

I really had to narrow this down from about 150 movies (I love movies...obviously). So here are my top 40 to-die-for films, all of which I have seen multiple times. (Note: this is going to be a very long post.)

4321. This action-packed thriller is the story of four friends who get caught up in a mysterious case of stolen diamonds. What I love about this movie is the way it jumps between time frames to show each woman’s story, and how their lives intertwine over the course of three days. It showcases friendship, female empowerment, crime, drama, tension, cliffhangers...Noel Clark done us proud.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Should prostitution be legal?


I think it should. Sex shouldn't be a punishable offence. If people want to go and have sex with prostitutes, why the fuck shouldn't they be allowed to? It's their body.

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

My Take on Sex and the City


I love Sex and the City. I love it because it's fun, hilarious, entertaining and light. I love that it isn't like rom-coms; it talks about a host of women's issues - marriage, friendship, career, class, race, motherhood, sex lives, relationships - in a more down-to-earth way than rom-coms with their 'happily ever after' crap. Of course it isn't a 'great' show like The Sopranos, Game of Thrones or Breaking Bad - it's comedy with romantic elements, about life and love and finding yourself.

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Gentrification: Pros and Cons


The good side of gentrification is that it makes everything look better; nicer shops, streets, markets, better houses; getting rid of 'ghetto' like communities. But the bad side is that there's an increase in housing prices, which pushes out the people who live there.

Saturday, 16 December 2017

What does it mean to be sexually liberated?


I don’t think it means ‘having sex with every person you see.’ It simply means doing that if it makes you comfortable. I think the person that feels truly sexually liberated will have a positive attitude to their sexuality and accept that it’s different for everyone, and will only engage in sexual activities that make them feel comfortable.

Friday, 15 December 2017

The positive side of religion


Generally the posts I've written on religion have been negative. I don't 'hate' religion; maybe I once thought I did, but I don't really. I don't think it's 'the root of all evil' or that it 'poisons everything'. Do I think it's done a lot of negative things to the human race? I do, in terms of indoctrination, fear-mongering and telling people to follow 'rules' that go against human nature. However, speaking to religious people and having been to church myself in the past, I've seen the positive elements; peace, spreading love to others, and having a faith which disciplines you in a good way.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Woman answers dumb questions


So this is pretty old now, I think the video came out about a year ago. TJ Kirk's response to it is one of my favourite videos on YouTube, I think he's pretty funny and spot on. I'm a woman, people like taking the piss out of the stupid elements of modern feminism, and I reckon I can come up with some pretty sharp answers to these questions. Plus I have no life and do nothing except read Game of Thrones and watch videos about it.

Monday, 11 December 2017

The Origins of Christmas


No, Christmas is not a Christian holiday. There's nothing at all wrong with Christians celebrating it - or Muslims, or Jews, or atheists for that matter, but it's origins were Pagan. Christmas was originally the celebration of the Winter Solstice, or 'the Sun Festival.'

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Mental illness in Game of Thrones

I ought to rename this 'The Game of Thrones Blog' considering how much I write about it. I watched a video on YouTube about mental illness in this wonderful epic fantasy which inspired me to write my own post. Westeros is clearly not the place of emotional and mental stability and utopian joy.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

What is 'privilege'?


Privilege: a special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group.

Among modern leftists, social justice warriors, regressives or whatever name you want to give them, there is the term ‘white privilege’ going around. This presumes that anyone with white skin is automatically ‘privileged’ against those who are non-white. There is also ‘male privilege’, a term coined for men being privileged against women.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Extended Project Qualification


In Sixth Form I did an EPQ and got a B for it, which naturally I was pretty happy about. An EPQ is an extended research project you can do where you pick a topic and research about it. I was so excited and pumped about mine I wrote the entire essay within a few hours, and then just spent the remainder of the sessions editing or working on other things. I did mine based around Philosophy because I was planning on doing a Philosophy degree (still not entirely sure why, but I didn't follow through so it clearly wasn't right). I was pretty proud of this piece of writing; probably a lot of it is nonsense and I probably don't agree with everything written now as this was written in late 2014 and early 2015 (aged 17). It's fiction based and probably not as academic as some others were, but then I wanted it to sound like me, you know? Something interesting and engaging as well as intellectually put. I'll put the full essay below if you fancy giving it a read, as well as the bibliography and appendices. It's written in a Socratic-dialogue form (I got inspired by The Republic) as opposed to an actual essay so yah hope you maybe enjoy it?

Friday, 1 December 2017

What Game of Thrones says about humanity


In Game of Thrones, Martin gave an extensive back-story onto the creation of his world. He didn't quite go into how it all began (no Big Bang or evolution) but frankly he did so much on the history of the world that the sciency-stuff would have been a giant bonus! The guy is incredible.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

High-Maintenance, Narcissism, Self-Centredness


Surf the online world. We’re currently living in an ‘age of narcissism.’ The internet is saturated with pictures of ourselves, little messages of our daily thoughts, beliefs that we’re the ‘most important’ person in the world and that there’s a need to document every moment of our lives. (Good satirical novel to read on this topic: The Circle. Haven’t seen the film but the book’s fantastic).

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Was Jesus Black?


And does it matter? See, I’m an atheist, not a Christian, so Jesus as a person means nothing to me. To Christians, they care about what Jesus did as a person; he was this peaceful carpenter who healed people and created miracles in Christian Mythology. So to them, what his ethnic background is probably bears little importance.

Monday, 27 November 2017

The Fragility of Humanity


When people ask me what my favourite film of all time is, I usually say Titanic. I have adored that film since I was a kid. It’s a cinematic masterpiece. The emotion, the cinematography, the storyline, the plot twists, the raw tragicness of it all. The same scene always gets me; when Jack is downstairs in handcuffs, and Rose desperately tries to set him free. When I first saw that scene (I was about seven or eight) I burst into tears because of the injustice of it all and I thought Jack was going to die because of a crime he didn’t even commit. I thought it horribly unfair.

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Can young people be in love?

Puppy love
I’ve written a few posts on love and friendship, and have mentioned that I have never been ‘in’ love yet have deep platonic love for those I hold close to me. Adults tend to underestimate and patronize children and teenagers, although I think those attitudes are changing. Romantic love is an interesting topic to consider in the case of young people.

Friday, 24 November 2017

Favourite TV Shows Part 2

I did a list of my top 10 favourite TV shows a while ago; here are some new editions to add to the list (nearly all are shows I've watched and adored this year). I've also blogged about them all so will include links to individual articles I've written about some of the shows.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Women aren't women anymore...?


There's a fine line between love and hate. When you have strong emotions for something, be it positive or negative, it takes up a lot of your head space - or blog space. Clearly I find the 'Return of Kings' site interesting to some degree, else this wouldn't be my third article - or fourth, if you include the post I've written on Roosh V - on it. This is going to be discussing their post 'Women aren't women anymore.'

Monday, 20 November 2017

What makes beauty?


I don’t find Kim Kardashian that attractive. I know empirically she’s very sexy. I just think she looks fake and doll-like. Too much make-up on a woman isn’t pretty to me. Plus personality can influence how attractive I think a person is.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Habitual vs ‘One Time’ Cheating


I have a longer more ethics-driven post called ‘Is Cheating always wrong’ which you can also have a look at. This post is going to focus on those that cheat once or twice in their life times as a drunken or random slip-up, versus those who habitually cheat.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Tell me about it, stud


When women are promiscuous, they’re labelled sluts. When men are, they’re labelled studs. I don’t think having a lot of sex, whether you’re male or female, is a ‘immoral’ or makes you ‘dirty’. My generation has moved away from that very conservative way of thinking, and hopefully will continue to.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Do you have healthy boundaries?


The other day I sent a friend a screenshot of a Tinder convo. This friend responded saying they didn't think it was appropriate for me to send something that personal to them, and that it wasn't something they wanted to see. Because I'm over-sensitive and at times irrational, I freaked out and cried after, then calmed down and read an article called '12 Signs You Lack Healthy Boundaries'. However, it got me thinking. In life, what defines healthy boundaries? How much is too much?

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

PEOPLE ARE STUPID.


On one side, you have crazy radical feminists who believe that all men are rapists and need to be 'taught not to rape.' On the other side, you have idiot men who want to control women and want women to be subservient to men.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Are we slaves to technology?


The things you own, ending up owning you.
-         Tyler Durden, Fight Club

It’s everywhere. An epidemic. Walk down the street and bump into someone on their phone. Sitting with friends staring at their screens. Miserable people on the tube with their earphones in.

Trust Nothing and No One


I don’t mean you literally shouldn’t trust anyone, ever. What I mean by the above statement is that because we all have different perspectives on things, it is often difficult to know who to listen to.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Film Review: Magic (1978)


Magic is this creepy psychological thriller that came out in 1978. It's about a struggling magician named Corky Withers who becomes a well-known performer once he brings his ventriloquist dummy, Fats, to his shows. Corky is a very disturbed guy; he suffers from either schizophrenia or dissociative identity disorder. He has self-esteem issues, and is shy, fragile and soft spoken. Fats, contrarily, is brash, funny, sarcastic and outspoken - the opposite of Corky. Contains spoilers.

Women have always been oppressed...?


No. We have not. This is a feminist myth. Women have not been ‘oppressed since the beginning of time.’ ‘Oppressed’ is a strong word to use. Oppression could describe the people of North Korea; the slaves trapped during the Transatlantic Slave Trade, or the Jews in Nazi Germany. Oppression means a situation where people are governed in a cruel or unjust way and prevented from having freedom.

Friday, 10 November 2017

Destiny vs Coincidence


Do you believe that our lives are mapped out in a sense, by a ‘God’ or just by the universe, or do you think that everything happens due to our individual choices and coincidences?

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Discussing characters on Game of Thrones


(Note: this post will be very long. Will also contain spoilers).
How can a show make you laugh, cry, scream in terror, smile in delight, and have you in constant suspense? It twists and turns every cliché, every character arch, interweaving plots and pulling them up and back down again. Game of Thrones is a truly incredible show. What makes it incredible are the characters, and wonderful acting and character development. Coupled with witty dialogue and excellent storylines, I think it’s one of the best shows ever made. With each season it becomes more gripping and intriguing. Things unfold and people grow. Beloved characters are killed off and tortured. It has a delicious blend of evil insidious characters, good-natured compassionate characters, and those that may be bad or shady in one season and likeable the next. It also deserves high praise for having a great balance of solid male and female characters. Here are my verdicts on all the characters that have mostly stood out to me. The ones I love, the ones I hate, and the ones I sort of like but are unsure of.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

It's ok to cry


I’ve always been a massive crybaby. I cry a lot; as little as once a week, or as often as a few times a day. Usually I tend to cry at little things, but sometimes major things can get me as well.

Monday, 6 November 2017

Is Beyoncé a feminist role model?


I don’t consider myself a feminist and haven’t for almost two years now. I don’t consider myself ‘anti’ feminism either; I have no issue with feminists that do actually care about women’s issues like domestic violence, FGM, sex-positivity, having prevalent female characters shown in film and literature, etc. It’s the man-hating regressive feminists that claim everything is sexist that piss me and most of us off.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Hounddog (poem)

High in the mountains of East Africa
The Hound dog barks and howls.
He calls on the world to listen
To his witty words of wisdom.

He prances from rock to rock
Making the others gaze in wonder
At this dashing young creature
Brimming with bright charisma.

His tail is cocked to attention
His eyes shine with readiness
More and more animals come to listen
To what this dog is about.

The ladies smile and swoon
At this dog’s enticing ways.
He’s a hound dog; tramp, a rover,
And they all want to travel his way.

He’s got them by the ear
Telling them tales of his adventures
Music, fashion, art and colours
A world he painted all over.

The hound dog is a wise one
He says life is for living.
Don’t waste the time you have here,
For it will past by quickly.

This hound dog is not perfect
His fur is rugged and worn
But not to worry, for lady still
Shares a meatball with him.

He’s a hound dog alright; a tramp,
A rover, and a scoundrel.
Very wise, full of life and colour,
I wish that I could travel his way.

11th May 2017

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Saturday, 4 November 2017

Love makes us vulnerable


A conversation with a friend inspired this (hehe; she knows who she is). When we love someone, whether they’re our friend, partner, family member; we’re giving a piece of ourselves to them emotionally. We’re putting ourselves in a place of vulnerability. We’re opening our soul up to them which gives us the potential to get hurt. With love, there is always the risk of getting hurt.

Friday, 3 November 2017

White women and black hair


In my experience (and of course this doesn’t apply to every single white woman), white women generally don’t understand how black hair is looked after or managed. Unless they have a relative or close friend who is black or studied hairdressing, it’s unlikely they will know how black hair is taken care of.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Discussing characters on Jane the Virgin


I love TV shows; I watch a lot of them and I get obsessed with them, to the point where I talk about the characters like they’re real people. It drives my brother nuts. Jane the Virgin is this awesome comedy/drama/mystery/romance show about a young woman called Jane who gets artificially inseminated by a doctor. The sperm she gets impregnated by belongs to a man she used to have a crush on whose wife was trying to get pregnant, but the doctor messed up the insemination. It’s hard to say much more than that because it’s such a crazy show with a whirl-wind of plots and sub-plots and characters. They all come together brilliantly in a very well-crafted and clever way. It’s very light hearted and humorous, as well as thrilling and action packed. Here are my comments on the main characters, most of whom are likeable. (Note: may contain spoilers). I've currently seen all of seasons 1, 2 and 3. 

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Love songs are lame


This post is going to explain my distaste for love songs via two reasons: a) from a musical standpoint it’s boring and repetitive to have so many songs about the same thing, and b) love songs only ever focus on romantic love, perpetuating it as the ‘best kind’ of love in our society and diminishing other types of love. (Note: obviously I don't think ALL love songs are lame; plenty of individual songs I love are about love. This is more about the general repetitive topic in music).

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

How do you identify?


Identity. Humans are social, tribalist creatures, and evolution has made it so we find company within each other in order to survive. United we stand, divided we fall.

Sunday, 29 October 2017

The stupidest thing I've ever seen


I just watched this video and it made me so furious I thought 'I'm gonna write a fucking blog post on it.' I'm also really hyper because I've just finished plowing my way through season 6 of Game of Thrones.

Dying my hair


Since I was really young I’ve had an obsession with red hair. No idea why, I’ve just always thought it looks gorgeous. Since I was 15 (5 years ago) I’ve been dying my hair; mostly red but have also done pink and green.

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Black women and weave


I find it funny and ironic that back in secondary school I’d get girls saying I was ‘black on the outside white on the inside’, yet they were the ones wearing white women’s hair on their head.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

When a woman rapes a man (story)


Disclaimer: this is entirely a work of fiction. Any reference to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. Contains explicit and potentially upsetting content. 

Forcing someone into sex against their will is rape. It doesn’t matter if the perpetrator is male or female. Male rape victims are taken less seriously as men are assumed to ‘always want sex’ and can be accused of being ‘pussies’ or ‘faggots’ if they didn’t want it. Fact is, although men tend to have stronger sex drives than women, they don’t want sex 24/7 or want to fuck everything that they see. Here’s a short fictional excerpt of mine; a situation when a woman rapes a man.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Least favourite films ever

These are all films that I’ve seen that have either bored me to death or horrified me.

Monday, 23 October 2017

Game of Thrones and Religious Fanaticism


(Contains spoilers.) One of the many things I love about GOT is its honest portrayal of human behaviour. The show really expresses the dangers of religious extremism and taking things too far. Even in this make-believe world, everyone believes that ‘their’ God; be it the Seven Gods, the Lord of Light, the Many Faced God or the Drowned God, is the ‘true’ God.  

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Top 15 Favourite Non-Fiction Books

Here is a list of my top 15 favourite non-fiction books. Also see favourite fiction books: http://www.thezarinamachablog.co.uk/2017/06/top-15-favourite-books.html

The God Delusion – Richard Dawkins. Brilliant, informative and filled with humour. When I read this aged 16 it cemented my stance from agnosticism to atheism. I think everyone 'uncertain' about their stance on theism/atheism should read this book. It is very well written and very funny and not a terribly difficult read. Some of the sciency-specific stuff confused me because I'm not a scientist, but generally his arguments are well placed and back up by facts.

Friday, 20 October 2017

#metoo and 'rape culture'


I have mixed feelings about the recent #metoo campaign. On the one hand I think it’s great to raise awareness about victims of harassment, rape and assault. On the other hand I think people need to be careful about their definitions and not ‘trivialise’ actual cases of rape by making false or incorrect accusations. Making allegations against someone is always very serious and false rape accusations can destroy lives. Moreover, I think that if you've been a victim of something it is stronger to move forward and grow from the experience rather than live with the mentality that you're forever a victim.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Why do people do drugs?


Contains drug-related images.

I believe there are two main reasons. One: to have fun and socialise with friends. Two: out of depression and nihilistic hopelessness and a need to escape. In their simplest forms, drug use can boil down to these two extremes; happiness vs misery.

Monday, 16 October 2017

What's wrong with incest?


It’s gross and creepy. Hold your pantyhose, keep your balls on, I’m not saying I agree with incest. The point of discussion is to look deeper into things and ask ‘why’, as opposed to brush things off as ‘right’ or ‘wrong.’

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Astrology and New Age Stuff


One of my favourite YouTubers, Jaclyn Glenn, recently released a web series called ‘The Skeptic’s Guide to Wellness.’ It’s a five episode series with each episode lasting 10-12 mins. Currently there is only one season but she is considering a second. In the series she explores alternative methods of healing to traditional medicine such as crystal healing and hypnotherapy. Generally she is sceptical of most, finding that most of these therapies work through the placebo effect. Whilst some do have a relaxing effect, there is no solid evidence to prove any of these therapies as safe alternatives to Western Medicine.