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Saturday, 30 September 2017

Is Marriage a Weird Idea?


Disclaimer: I’m 20 years old, I’m a kid barely out of nappies who knows fuck all about marriage or relationships. So you can save your comments saying ‘why are you writing a post about marriage? You don’t know anything about life!’ Believe me, I’m used to being patronised, it was pretty much my entire childhood. People take you more seriously when you reach 18, even if you’ve had the same life goals or ways of thinking since you were 12.

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Thursday, 28 September 2017

Insomnia


Ah, insomnia. Since I was little I’ve suffered with this illness. Picture a person whose mind is constantly active, tick-tocking overtime. It’s improved over the last year since I started taking antidepressants, but now and again when I get stressed the old goose rears her ugly head.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Inappropriate clothing?

Big Hair, Big Dog (it's my friend's dog)
How I dress means a lot to me. It’s usually an expression of my mood or my sense of self. I wear a lot of wacky, colourful clothes; animal prints, big earrings, boots, sunglasses, you know. I’ve been told I dress like a 'hipster'.

Monday, 25 September 2017

Am I an anti-feminist?


No. I don’t like to think of myself as an ‘anti-feminist’ any more than I think of myself as ‘pro-gay.’ I support LGBT rights, but not in an overt, change-fb-dp wave-rainbow-flag way. If I had a gay/bisexual child I wouldn’t care. It’s not a big deal to me. 

Sunday, 24 September 2017

The Highly Sensitive Extrovert


I’m an extrovert (mostly); we’re often assumed to be superficial, tactless and insensitive. Or at least I am. It’s horrible, because since I was little I’ve always been hyper-sensitive. You have psychopaths, then sociopaths, then the average person who is quite sensitive, then very sensitive people, then me. I’m way at the top.

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Rating the characters on The Big Bang Theory

I love The Big Bang Theory. It’s one of my favourite shows. But seriously, every character on that show needs some serious therapy. They’re all kind of fucked up (which is what makes them funny and relatable on some level – I can certainly relate to Raj whining about how he’ll be forever alone), and can also piss you off. On a scale of 1 to 10 I’m gonna rate them in terms of how big of a twat they are, with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Personality Types


I am NOT a psychologist, but I am a writer and I psychoanalyse people constantly. (It’s kind of a creepy obsession). I pay close attention to how people talk, think, act and behave, and generally act accordingly to how they are. I’ve always been like that; how I act depends on who I’m with. It’s a codependent thing that I am trying to move away from. Sometimes it’s a defense mechanism.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

The Lost Child


Once upon a time, a nineteen year old girl was sitting in an AA meeting after four months of sobriety. She had relapsed days ago by getting drunk on a cheap and disgusting bottle of Cava, and smoked a ton of weed at her brother’s party resulting in her lolling around on the floor with an inane grin on her face and a slowed down perception of time. She said to one of the women at the meeting, ‘I feel like a lost child’, to which the woman responded ‘shall I go get you one then?’

What is a misogynist?


A person (usually a man) that hates women. A misandrist is a person (usually a woman) that hates men.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

The Magic of Books


Do I believe in magic? Not in a literal, izzy-wizzy, hocus-pocus sense. But in a way I do believe in magic. The magic of storytelling, through music, films, and above all, books. Books are magical; they are a way of stepping into a different world and imagining whatever you like within that world. You open a book and it's like your own private television; the characters and the plot jump out at you and you become immersed in them.

Monday, 18 September 2017

The 'Friend Zone'


Online there are a bunch of articles written by feminists claiming that the ‘friend zone’ is sexist. When a person, usually a man, likes a woman who only wants to be her friend, he is assumed to be in the ‘friend zone.’ Feminists claim this is sexist because it’s like saying women owe men sex just because they’re nice to them. They say men who complain about women 'friend zoning' them are being passive-aggressive and sexist as if they view women as commodities to be used.

But what if it’s the other way around?

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Witchcraft


I consider myself a rationalist person. I’m not superstitious, I don’t believe in spirits and devils and ghosts and other vague entities. I know the difference between fact and fiction; I read a lot of books and watch a lot of movies. I believe in judging people according to their individual experiences and character, not their past. However, I am half Tanzanian, and witchcraft is practiced in Tanzania as well as many other parts of the world. Without revealing personal information, I’m going to discuss my view on witchcraft (also known as juju and voodoo).

Friday, 15 September 2017

Applying to Oxbridge


In year 13, aged 17, I applied to Cambridge to study Philosophy. The whole thing was a mistake; picture a person that will go to any lengths to prove they’re ‘good enough’ or ‘special’ enough to be noticed by others. I had wanted to go to BRIT school aged 16-18 but that didn’t happen. Ironically now I go to ACM which is one of the best music schools in the country.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

YouTube Life


When I was 15 I started this YouTube channel using the pseudonym ‘Zoronita.’ How I came up with that name is kind of funny; in year 8 Religious Education we were set the homework task of making up our own god or goddess. I remember thinking of what to name mine, and I used my name and the ‘ita’ bit as many women in my family have this suffix, what with me being half Indian. Originally I named her ‘Zaranita.’

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Is Monogamy Natural?

Kanye West: No Church in the Wild
Contains (mildly) sexually explicit photographs and content. The content below is not intended to be pornographic, sexually suggestive or arousing. Is for informative purposes only.

We all know someone who has cheated, been cheated on, or perhaps we’ve cheated ourselves. I’ve never cheated on anyone (or been cheated on), but maybe that’s just because I haven’t been in a relationship with someone long enough to consider the possibility of cheating. I hope never to cheat on a partner because of the emotional damage it would cause them. However, I understand why people cheat and in a way it makes a lot of sense.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Picture Perfect


If I want to make myself depressed, I’ll scroll through my Facebook feed. Namely, scroll through girl’s profiles where they have pictures of them looking beautiful in tight dresses with wine bottles on a night out. On Instagram it’s even better (or worse) considering all it is are pictures.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Female Genital Mutilation


Disclaimer: This is really hard for me to write. As a woman this makes me feel beyond disgusted and my heart goes out to all the women that are forced to undergo this horrendous barbaric practice. This topic will be addressed as seriously as possible.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

FUCK IDENTITY POLITICS.


It’s too much now. It’s going too far and I honestly don’t think it’s going to stop. The national government of social justice is winning against the eyes of the people.
Identity politics: a tendency for people of a particular religion, race, social background, etc., to form exclusive political alliances, moving away from traditional broad-based party politics. (e.g. The Black Panthers).

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Masturbation


Women don't masturbate...or do we? Newsflash folks: girls DO have a sex drive, even if it takes a while to discover it.

Friday, 8 September 2017

Male Circumcision...


Non-consensual circumcision, be it male OR female circumcision, is disgusting. End of. I know there is a massive movement fighting against female circumcision, which I will probably discuss in a future post, but unfortunately there are many that don’t bat an eyelid when it comes to male circumcision. In America and Third World Countries, it is viewed as a ‘cultural practice’ and ‘more hygienic.’ This has already been refuted online and I will put links to articles at the end that discuss this further. So to give my personal opinion on it:

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Opposites


Love and hate. Day and night. Cats and dogs. Black and white.
When we’re young we’re taught about opposites, that some things are directly polarised to others. But how many of these are opposites?

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Favourite Children's Authors

It's pretty impossible for me to compile a list of my favourite books up until the age of 15, so instead I've compiled a list of my favourite authors from my childhood into my early/mid teens. Note: this will be quite long. Also feel free to check out my list of current favourite books: http://www.thezarinamachablog.co.uk/2017/06/top-15-favourite-books.html
As well as my list of favourite Stephen King books, who is my current favourite author: http://www.thezarinamachablog.co.uk/2017/09/reviewing-stephen-king.html

So here we begin, back into the beautiful prose of childhood-teen fiction...

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

What's wrong with Anita Sarkeesian?


Pretty much everything, but let’s get some background on who she is first. Anita Sarkeesian is a pop culture critic who is most known for her website and YouTube channel ‘Feminist Frequency’ in which she discusses issues prevalent to modern feminism. She is best known for her video series ‘Tropes vs Women in Video Games’ which examines the role of female characters in video games. She looks at everything from the ‘Damsel in Distress’ trope to the ‘Miss Man’ trope.

Monday, 4 September 2017

EVIL STRAIGHT WHITE MEN!


These white men are dangerous. Since the beginning of time, straight white men have used their privilege to oppress gays, women, blacks, Jews, Asians and everyone else. Pft, never mind the fact that early man was darkskinned and homo sapiens spread out of Africa 70,000 years ago, 1.93 million years after sapiens evolved in Africa!! White people didn’t even exist back then but somehow THEY WERE STILL THE OPPRESSORS!

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Society's Double Standard


When we’re in school we’re told not to waste time focusing on boys because we need to be thinking about our education.
When we’re at uni we’re told not to waste time thinking about boys because we need to be focusing on our education.
When we start work men are too busy to have a relationship and women need to be thinking about our careers.
When we’re thirty society asks us why we’re not married with children and it’s because we saw no time for relationships because we were focusing on our careers.

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Reviewing Stephen King

I’m a major fan of King, but not a fan of horror. I read On Writing in 2015 for writing tips and got so intrigued that I wanted to read his non-scary fiction, so began with 11/22/63 and haven’t looked back. I love his books. All of the ones I’m listing (besides It which I only read a bit of) are not super scary; more dramatic/action packed/psychological suspense. (And humorous at times; I don’t think Apt Pupil is meant to be a dark comedy though I interpret it as such). I’ve listed the books I’ve read in order of publication rather than in order of reading as I’ve read some more than once. (Note: may contain spoilers).

Friday, 1 September 2017

12 Favourite Women in Disney Films


I love Disney films. Always have. The songs, the humour, the characters and story lines. Disney characters are often misfits struggling to find their place (Belle, Hercules, Ariel) and I’ve always identified with that.