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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

15 Favourite Females in Film and TV

'THERE AREN'T ENOUGH WOMEN'S STORIES TOLD IN MOVIES AND TV SHOWS! BOO-HOO! IT'S ALWAYS MEN! THAT'S WHY WE INVENTED THE BECHDEL TEST!'Ironically, most movies that have women only 'talking about men' are rom-coms, the genre women love to watch. But anyway, here are 15 of my favourite female protagonists in film and TV shows. See also: AMC 50 Greatest female movie characters

Hermione Granger. I idolised this curly-haired bookworm growing up. She’s fiercely smart, loyal, a good friend to Harry and Ron, and my overall favourite character in the Harry Potter series. She’s driven, down to earth and principled, and also kind and caring. I also love the fact that she gets with Ron in the end and not Harry, and think it suits the story well.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

I'm done with feminism

I don’t need feminism because:

I don’t view all men as ‘inherently misogynistic.’ Men are not bad, women are not wonderful, there are just good people and bad people and good and bad in all of us. (Important note: the current feminist movement is very divided and plenty of feminists don't hate men and do respect them, however plenty are misdandric hence the #killallmen hashtag.)

Two of the greatest people in my life are men – my dad and my brother.

I have never felt ‘oppressed’ or victimised and unable to do something because I’m a woman. I love being female and telling girls they’re oppressed victims is not empowering at all.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Gender (and why people give a fuck)

For some reason a hot topic nowadays circling people online (and offline) is gender. Gender as a social construction; the possibility of there being more than two genders, gender binaries, and whatever. And it’s really, really, REALLY fricken pissing me off. So let's get this thing straight. Sex is biological. There are only two sexes: male and female. Gender is psychosocial, and typically how sex is expressed and understood. But as there are only two sexes, there can only be two genders as gender wouldn’t be able to exist without sex. Gender roles, not gender, are what are socially constructed. Gender roles differ between cultures, including how men and women dress, what is considered ‘feminine’ and ‘masculine’, activities men and women might do.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

The Problem with the Education System

A few years ago I heard a couple of teachers say to me; ‘education right now feels like a factory. You take em in, churn em up, then spit em out.’ (Along those lines anyway). In other words, students come to school, memorise a bunch of facts and exam papers, then pass their exams in order to become the best drone. Yay! We’re headed into the next phase of our evolution: robots.
I didn’t like school for various reasons, one of which being that. You come in, you learn a bunch of facts for a bunch of exams in which memorising the facts becomes more important than the actual content; you’re told that these exams (namely GCSEs; A levels are a bit more complex) are the defining moment in your life and should be your only current focus, and if you fail them no college will take you, no university will take you, you’ll never get a job, etc.

Friday, 10 March 2017

My problem with patriotism

I’ll be honest, I’ve never really understood people’s problems with immigration. Immigrants, migrants, expats, whatever. I just don’t see what’s wrong with it. My logic is that this world is full of land, and humans should be allowed to go wherever, but we’ve just created all these laws and divisions that try to bar us from going to certain parts of the world. Most likely we’ve created these laws for practical reasons; there are too many of us in the world to be in one place at the same time. Fair enough.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Should white people be allowed to say nigger?

I’m not gonna try be all PC and say ‘N Word.’ Just like I wouldn’t say F-Word or B-Word. (For
argument’s sake I’m not white). I’m not currently using the word nigger in a rude or derogatory context. I don’t think there is anything wrong with a non-black person saying ‘Back in the day black people were often described as niggers’ or ‘I don’t like the usage of the word nigger.’ If you’re black and you have white friends who greet you as ‘my nigger’ or ‘ma nigga’ then whether that annoys you or not is between you and your friends. Personally I try to avoid usage of the word nigger nowadays because of the negative connotations that used to be associated with it. Nigger was a horrible term and there are some racist white people who still use the word nigger in a racist and disgusting context. That is clearly not alright. Most people are not racist and most non-racist white people generally don’t use the word nigger, even when explaining something, they say ‘N Word.’ I think this is unnecessary; we evoke meanings onto words, and using a word in a descriptive or non-prejudiced context is fine.

What about white rappers? Eminem has used the word nigger in his raps before. Again, it is about context. Eminem is not a racist so the context in which he uses the word ‘nigger’ or ‘nigga’ is down to him and whether or not his music team think that it is appropriate. Again because of the negative past usage of the word nigger, I think it is an unnecessary word to use, even in an endearing way. There are many ways in which you can greet a friend or describe someone in a rap song without having to use the word ‘nigger’ or ‘nigga.’ But if you’re black and your white friends call you nigger/nigga in a jokey way and you’re cool with it then that’s between you and your friends. Overall I don’t think we can censor people from speaking in certain ways, as long as usage of such terms are not being used in a racist or derogatory manner. I call my gay friend fag; he frequently calls me bitch. Neither of us bat an eyelid.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Top 10 Favourite Musical Artists

In no particular order, here are my 10 favourite musical artists with honourable mentions at the bottom. I mostly like funk, soul, soft rock, pop and R&B; hence most of the artists I enjoy come under this musical category.

Prince. One of the most incredibly gifted musicians of the 20th and 21st century, and a legend sure to be missed. Prince was a superb talent – player of all instruments, writer of all lyrics, master of all production. He had the outfits, the dancing, and the style. He blended funk, R&B, rock, soul, electronic and pop sounds all together to create his iconic sound. The man was a prodigy, authentic to his love for music and his vision. He had a band full of men and women of different ethnicities and sexualities, bringing together unity at a time when social change was booming. My favourite Prince songs are When Doves Cry, I Wanna be your Lover, and Diamonds and Pearls.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Roosh V is an idiot

Radical misandric feminists rant about how much they hate men and how men suck and men are pigs. They will not welcome any kind of man into their life, even one who is kind and caring.
Of course not all men are pigs. Most men are complex, at their core compassionate, and diverse beings, just like women. (Cos we all humans). But there is a man who does represent misogyny, who is an evil scumbag, the lowest of the low, as shit as they come. This man is as crap as those misandric feminists who bullshit men as if they’re worthless creatures lower than dog shit. This man is Roosh V.