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Wednesday, 31 May 2017

On Writing

I believe that in life, we all need a purpose. We need a ‘strength’; something that guides us and gives us the will to carry on. I certainly need that. For me, it’s not enough to say I’m simply happy to be alive. Without a purpose I see no reason to live; I may as well drink myself to death. In AA the phrase ‘Higher Power’ is spoken of a lot, and how I see that is your strength; something greater than you that guides you through life. To some people it’s the power of the AA rooms, to others it’s a God of their understanding. Some people say it’s the sea or the trees or the universe, but for me that is too vast and vague. I need something smaller and direct, something that I have always been able to connect with and love.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Only Skin Deep

In 2012 a former flight attendant and glamour model Martina Big opted for breast enhancement surgery. She has continued with the surgery over the past few years, enhancing her natural bust from a 32D to a 32S. The German model loved barbies growing up and the look of glamour models like Katie Price and Pamela Anderson. She also had plastic surgery done on her legs, lips, waist and hips.

Needless to say, we live in a free world where everyone can do what they want. (Within reason). I dislike the idea of plastic surgery because of the health risks that come with it, and because I feel like people should appreciate their natural beauty. That makes me feel a bit hypocritical because I dye my hair and have ear and nose piercings.  How much is too much? I would like to get tattoos someday; that is unnatural too right? How different is plastic surgery from dying your hair, piercings or tattoos?



Thursday, 25 May 2017

Politics is a lame game


Politics is a lame game, politicians are all the same. They stand on their podiums and put us to shame with their lies and hand gestures and pride in their name.

I sound like an anarchist. I’m not anti-government. I’m not exactly pro-government either. I believe we’re better with it then without it. Humans and other animals naturally form some sort of hierarchy within us. Animal Farm and Lord of the flies highlight this perfectly. Some people are meek and better at obeying orders; others are bombastic and like to take charge of the situation. Some disagree with the bombastic loud people and go against them and try to form their own groups with their own ideas.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Sad Childhood Poems

Some pretty sad poems I wrote when I was ten.

Why does everyone hate me so?

Why does everyone hate me so,
makes me very sad.
Everywhere I go, I find people who
drive me crazy, drive me mad.

No where is peaceful,
full of kind people.
All day I'm
full of doom and gloom.

Monday, 22 May 2017

What's wrong with my generation?


I was born in 1997; the 11th of June to be precise. I would describe ‘my generation’ as those born in the late 90s/early 2000s. Generation Z. A generation raised on the internet, who invented selfies and thrive on internet memes, and interact with people on Whatsapp and Tinder more than in real life. A generation who have become so liberal we don’t know how many genders there are anymore. A generation rid with mental health problems to the point where everyone has a friend who self harms or a friend of a friend who does it. A generation where teenagers stab each other over being born in a different postcode. A generation where teenagers raising children barely garners a shrug.

Friday, 19 May 2017

ILLUMINATI UNCONFIRMED!

When I was in year 8, there was this massive uproar in school about the illuminati, this secret devil-worshipping society that bought the souls of Nicki Minaj and BeyoncĂ© and Michael Jackson in order to make them into celebrities. Videos of Lady Gaga and Katy Perry making triangle shapes with their hands surfed the internet, with symbols confirming them having sold their souls to the devil. There are usually some Bible quotes thrown in these videos made by these conspiracy theorists on the internet. Unfortunately I was only 12/13 when I saw these and got freaked out by this garbage for a couple of years until I realised it was nonsense. In year 9 I saw an Alicia Keys concert with my family and got freaked out by all the signs and words ‘RISE UP’, thinking that she was connected to Satan.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Is rape a feminist issue?

Disclaimer: this post is not proposing a ‘solution’ to how to stop rape, it is looking at rape from a humanitarian perspective and refuting the claim that it is a ‘feminist’ issue.

I have never been raped, and I can’t imagine how horrific and traumatic that must be. I know men and women that have been raped and sexually assaulted. What we view as assault may differ from person to person. If you have been affected by something you must ask for help, even though it is often hard to. It's also important to remember that we can experience horrific things and move on from them. This doesn't mean ignore what happened, but it does mean that it is possible to let go. Ultimately it is the emotional significance of what happened to you afterwards that determines the best way to handle it.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Kill Your Friends (aka Americans and Guns)

This guy's British where guns are
illegal and he's scary enough.
I’m British. Now I’m no patriot, but there are several things I like about living in this country. The NHS. The general tolerant attitude to people of different ethnic backgrounds, religions and sexualities. The polite nature of the police. THE FACT THAT GUNS ARE ILLEGAL. As a British person, I have no idea why any country in the developed world would glorify guns. Other people I know who are also British have said the same thing. Why would people be so unbelievably stupid that they would actually be in favour of the legalisation of weapons?
I watch a lot of American YouTubers, and most of them, liberal and conservative, are in favour of the ‘second amendment.’ Sure, they think gun laws should be stricter, but they definitely don’t want to get rid of them.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Anyone can be racist

I grew up in Stamford Hill, an area in Hackney, North London, where there is a large Orthodox Jewish population; the largest in Europe I believe. In primary school I remember kids saying how much they couldn’t stand the Jews, and that they hated Hitler but they were glad he tried to get rid of the Jews. When one of my cousins and her family came to stay, she remarked her own distaste for the Jews being everywhere.

But I guess children don’t know any better.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Cat Lives Matter

Since I was a child I have always adored cats. They are my favourite animal. I have a ‘cat book’, like a scrapbook, but with pictures and poems and cut outs of cats; domestic cats, lions, tigers, leopards, panthers, jaguars – the lot. My family always knew to give me cat-inspired gifts for my birthdays and Christmas. As a child I used to believe that I was a cat inside, or that I had special cat powers deep down and that I could talk to cats. (I still talk to them sometimes). I love the way they look; their faces, eyes, whiskers; I love their lean bodies and tails and their soft fur. I love the way they purr, the way their mouths open to yawn and their little sharp teeth and the way they rub against your legs to say they like you. I love that they’re independent creatures that can be with or without you, that they’re affectionate one minute and then sleepy the next. I find cats beautiful as well as adorable.

Art is a waste of time (poem)

Art is a waste of time, my dear
It bears no financial gain
You shall be crippled and withered and shrivelled
Your talents down the drain
Don't waste your time with art, my dear
You are only seventeen
With your whole life laid out ahead of you
(whatever that does mean.)
Art is a waste of time, my dear
It won't make you any money
And that is the most important thing in life
More so than finding a honey.
Art is a waste of time, my dear
Those strums are good for fun
But you'll never make a living out of singing
or pouring out satirical puns.
Art is a waste of time, my dear
So cart your dreams to the shelf
Leave them stored and waste more time
Doing something else.

5th July 2015

My poetry collection is FREE to download from a range of digital stores: https://books2read.com/artisawasteoftime

Sunday, 7 May 2017

What's wrong with being an atheist?

I’m a girl, and a black girl at that, and in the eyes of many that seems to mean I face discrimination on a daily basis. They would be wrong. When I believed in feminism, the main reason for it was because I supported classic first and second wave feminism, and I thought it was important to respect the work that they had done by continuing to identify with the movement.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

All white people look the same

When I see a group of white girls, I can barely tell them apart. In my head I call them White Girl 1, White Girl 2 and so on. They all have the same blonde or brown shoulder-ish length hair, thin lips, physical shape, and for gods’ sake the same skin tone. They’re all white so how am I supposed to tell the difference? How should I know if they’re called Monica, Erica, Rita or Tina? (Or more to the point; Charlotte, Emily, Alice or Rachel). With white boys it’s even worse; I just sort of go ‘hey Sam/Joe/Jack/David/Mark’ and hope for the best.

Monday, 1 May 2017

Stay-at-home mums vs Superwomen?

As far back as I can remember I’ve always wanted a career, and pretty much the same career; author, recording musical artist, and if the former doesn’t work out I wouldn’t mind going into journalism. There are many, many jobs I wouldn’t want to do: doctor (I’m hella squeamish), teacher (teenagers infuriate me), chef (can’t cook well), athlete (I’m lazy), stripper (would make me uncomfortable), engineer (dunno what that even is), waste management (don’t want to join the mafia) etc.
But there is another life path that I don’t object to doing: being a mother. Since feminism granted women the right to the same education and work rights as men, women have succeeded tremendously in the workplace. So now we can have kids and work, right?