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Monday, 27 February 2017

Counter Culture vs SJWs

In the 1960s, better known as the Swinging Sixties, change was sweeping the Western world. The rise of the Hippie Movement. The contraceptive pill. Free love. Don’t trust anyone over 30. The counter culture represented the young people opposed to their parent’s conservative views of the world. They were against the Vietnam War, pro-choice, pro-recreational drugs such as acid and cannabis, in favour of racial and sexual integration, and read Marx and supported socialist ideals. Musicians like Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and The Beatles sang the thoughts of these young people. Protest songs were becoming the new norm, from ‘Blowin in the Wind’ to ‘All Along the Watchtower.’ Muhammad Ali swept headlines when he refused to fight in the Vietnam War. This was the rise of the Left, the rise of Women’s Liberation, Black Power, Gay Rights and the like. These were the laid back people who just wanted to smoke weed and listen to John Lennon and thought the world should unite cos ‘war, war, what is it good for - nothing!'

Friday, 24 February 2017

Pro-Choice vs Pro-Life?

Personally, I don’t think this should be a debate. I don’t even think this should be a thing. The very term ‘pro-life’ is ridiculous to me. But let’s look at both.
Pro-choice means you agree with the mother’s right to have an abortion if she doesn’t want to have a child. She is an individual that should be allowed to have choice over what she does with her own body. Pro-life means that you are against abortion and believe that no one should be allowed to kill an unborn foetus and that if a woman gets pregnant it’s her responsibility to take care of the child.
Obviously you can tell my stance on this. I think the only reason people are ‘pro-life’is because of religion. I can’t think of any other reason. Religion is typically against women’s rights, and has very strict stances on things like divorce and abortion.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Sexual Objectification?

Feminism wants women to have the right to sexual freedom, be able to wear revealing clothes without being slut shamed or victim blamed, and to embrace female sexuality rather than repress it and hide it away.

Feminism states that men constantly objectify women by viewing them as sex objects, depicting them wearing revealing clothes in movies and music videos, and complains that BeyoncĂ© is not a ‘suitable’ feminist role model because she wears too many revealing clothes and showcases her sexuality. (In other words, self-objectifies).

Yeah, I’m confused too.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Why I don't agree with #BlackLivesMatter

'Malcom X!' he called out. 'Do you mind shaking hands with a white man?'
Just as the traffic light turned green, I told him - 'I don't mind shaking hands with human beings. Are you one?'
-The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Dear black people,
I get it. I understand why you’re angry. I used to feel exactly the same. Hundreds of years of slavery, followed by the Jim Crow Laws. Civil rights for black people having to be fought for in the 1960s and 1970s. The colonialism of Africa, with Africans still pandering to the whims of Europeans. Not to mention the only black history taught in schools is slavery with a bit of Ancient Egypt thrown in in primary school.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Free Will vs Determinism

In Philosophy, there are two conflicting schools of thought that try to explain human behaviour. Are we totally in control of our actions and our environment? Or is all behaviour the result of external factors and causal events that we have no control of?
Modern Psychology and Neuroscience has indeed convinced me (and shown) that human behaviour is determined by genetics, neurons in the brain, and environmental and situational factors. Sam Harris’ Free Will and Jason J Jacobsen’s Determinism both present well thought out cases explaining that free will is indeed an illusion and that all behaviour is determined.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Top 10 Favourite TV shows

In no particular order these are my top 10 favourite TV shows, and favourite character from each show.

Family Guy. Seth McFarlane’s satire on American society, pop culture jokes, silly humour that makes tears pour down your cheeks – FG is comedy gold. The cutaways are legend. The characters are all ridiculous apart from Brian and Stewie, my two favourites. FG takes the piss out of stuff we all think about in real life. At times the humour can be a bit crass and far-fetched, and newer seasons are more repetitive and less interesting than older seasons, but overall it’s a huge fav.

Monday, 6 February 2017

Capitalism vs Socialism

The reason this is called ‘Capitalism vs Socialism’ and not ‘Capitalism vs Communism’ is that in practice socialism and communism are not the same (although originally Marx and Lenin used the terms interchangeably). I feel like this is a bit of a cop-out in a way, like ‘COMMUNISM IS EVIL!’ but socialism is fine. From a practical outlook, communism is everything being owned and controlled and regulated by the state, and the one-party state dictating what jobs everyone does. You end up with two classes; the proletariat and the bureaucrats rather than the proletariat and the bourgeois.

Friday, 3 February 2017

Female Privilege

Feminists often claim that women are so oppressed and that it’s so hard to be a woman and that men have it so much easier. I don’t see how this is empowering at all; telling people that they are constantly oppressed (when they’re not, not in the West anyway) is dangerous and demoralizing. It is causing conflict between people and giving radical feminists a chance to protest against problems that were never really there in the first place. As a female (and black female, to be precise) I have never once felt 'oppressed' because of my gender. I've certainly felt depressed for millions of reasons (including clinical ones), and I've felt repressed in all sorts of ways (such as repressed rage), but never 'oppressed.'

To quote Caitlin Moran; it’s a good time to be a woman. What about all of the privilege’s having a vagina currently gives us?