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Thursday, 29 June 2017

Why are girls so cruel to each other?


I am not what you’d call a ‘girl’s girl.’ You know those phrases; a ‘man’s man,’ a ‘girl’s girl.’ I don’t feel comfortable surrounded by a large group of girls; never have done. I prefer mixed groups, or even a group of guys, to a large group of girls. Around a lot of girls I always feel tense and uneasy, like someone is going to say something mean to me or I’m going to be behaving in a way that will be considered odd by the other girls.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Not a 'real' feminist?

Eliza goes out to protests all the time. She waves her picket signs in the air saying that women are oppressed by the patriarchy and need equal rights to men. She shouts down the misogynistic men’s rights activists who don’t care about women and are claiming their special male privilege. She has written articles about how women still aren’t there yet and have a long way to go.

She is a feminist.




Friday, 23 June 2017

Adventures in primary school

When I look back through my life, I see a lot of unhappiness. I only came to realise this through AA. I’m barely twenty years old, and I wouldn’t say I’ve been through hell and back, but things haven’t been peaches and cream either. There hasn’t been a time in my life (so far) where I’ve looked back on it and thought that was the best period ever. I’ve had good days, good weeks even, and good events, but not good overall periods of time.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

It's the fleas that get you

When I was younger, probably aged eleven or twelve, I was at my auntie’s house having dinner with my cousins. I was swinging my legs having conversations and being chatty, as I usually am. I didn’t realise that whilst I was swinging my legs I was kicking my feet against the table leg and they were bleeding heavily. Someone – my brother or one of my cousins/aunties – noticed that there was blood all over the floor. Everyone freaked out, except me. My auntie went to go and get cleaning stuff and bandages and everyone asked if I was ok and if I had noticed. I just sat there, calmly and cheerfully; unfazed.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Top 15 Favourite Books

Here is a list of my top 15 favourite adult fiction novels.

On Beauty – Zadie Smith. I first read this when I was twelve. It's a brilliant, humorous and thought-provoking novel about family, love and life. It revolves around two rival families; the liberal American Belseys, and the conservative British Kipps'. The son and daughter of each family have a fling; the father of the Belsey family has just cheated on his wife of thirty years and now starts crushing on the Kipps' daughter; meanwhile the wives befriend each other. It's entertaining and addresses socio-cultural issues. Read it a few times; love it every time.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

If God Existed...


  • There would be plausible evidence determining his/her/its existence.
  • There wouldn’t be thousands upon thousands of different Gods and religions that have been invented since humans came to emerge. (Such as Yahweh, Allah, Vishnu, Ra, Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, Anu.)
  • Atheists wouldn’t exist.
  • Darwin wouldn’t have been able to come up with the theory of evolution determining that humans evolved through natural selection without interference from a supernatural force.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Women in STEM subjects

Marie Curie
The STEM fields represent roughly 85% of men and 15% of women in the UK. The same would be true of Psychology, except the stats are reversed. When I was in secondary school a company named Moody's partnered up with my school to create a mentoring program in order to encourage more young women to pursue a career in finance. I saw loads of girls interested in the Sciences; I did Triple Science at GCSE level and there were plenty of girls in my class. During my A levels I knew of girls who studied the Sciences and Maths and Economics. I never once saw them discouraged.



Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Prison vs School: How different are they?


I’ve never been to prison or jail, though I have been arrested. I love shows like Oz, Orange is the new black; used to watch Prison Break as a kid, and have seen prison movies such as The Shawshank Redemption. Clearly prison is horrible and a place no one wants to go to. But it has its perks; you get three meals a day, TV time, conjugal visits, gym time, a library – for some people it’s better than being on the outside. Some prisoners get ‘institutionalized’ where they get so used to being inside that they don’t know how to act when they get out, and often try to get themselves caught again to get back inside.

I would say there are a lot of similarities between prison and school. I didn't like school as a whole, and found it very 'trapping'.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Is cheating always wrong?


I know what you’re thinking. This is a stupid question to ask. Of course cheating is always wrong; to be unfaithful to your partner is a betrayal of trust, and hurts the other person. It leads to break-ups, divorce, fighting, tension, and no good in the end. It can even put your family in danger if you’ve seen Fatal Attraction.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Newspaper Politics

When I was growing up, my dad always bought the Daily Mail newspaper to read. He writes a weekly column for the Tanzanian national newspaper The Citizen, and also ghost writes for other people, so likes to have all sorts of information at hand. Up until I was about fifteen/sixteen I didn’t realise the Daily Mail was a ‘bad’, shitty, right-wing newspaper. (I also realise now that my dad reads all the national papers, tabloids and broadsheets). I used to read some of it and found it entertaining and funny because it had lots of interesting stories.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Angel Face (poem)

There once was a man with locks shining gold
He approached a van, for feeling bold
Asking for great secrets on lock
Reply did sigh 'reveal I cannot'

The man entered the world of daunting doom
At his own risk, witnessed the gloom
Shudders and shouts and cries of surprise
Pain to some, but pleasure in his eyes

Smacks and swings and sweat dripped down
Thick muscles tousled, mouths in a frown
A bubble of choked release and pride
To be a real man, off the shore and tide

Shoved onto the platform of truth untold
A provocative look, spit leapt and hold
Tossed onto the sheen of the man's smooth skin
Till pleasure dissolved, but he could not win

Now the man's features drip with scarlet blood
His eyes bulging out like that of a pug
To destroy something beautiful like fair Lenore
And now Angel Face was beautiful forever no more.


26th April 2015

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Friday, 2 June 2017

Reviewing '13 Reasons Why'

It’s the Netflix show that has caught the attention of everyone and sparked controversy and outrage. Some believe that it glorifies suicide; others believe that it shines the light on important issues. The show is about a 16 year old American girl named Hannah who commits suicide, and leaves behind 13 tapes outlining why she did it. Each tape is related to a person in her life who she believes contributed to her suicide. (Note: contains some spoilers).