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Thursday, 30 November 2017

High-Maintenance, Narcissism, Self-Centredness


Surf the online world. We’re currently living in an ‘age of narcissism.’ The internet is saturated with pictures of ourselves, little messages of our daily thoughts, beliefs that we’re the ‘most important’ person in the world and that there’s a need to document every moment of our lives. (Good satirical novel to read on this topic: The Circle. Haven’t seen the film but the book’s fantastic).

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Was Jesus Black?


And does it matter? See, I’m an atheist, not a Christian, so Jesus as a person means nothing to me. To Christians, they care about what Jesus did as a person; he was this peaceful carpenter who healed people and created miracles in Christian Mythology. So to them, what his ethnic background is probably bears little importance.

Monday, 27 November 2017

The Fragility of Humanity


When people ask me what my favourite film of all time is, I usually say Titanic. I have adored that film since I was a kid. It’s a cinematic masterpiece. The emotion, the cinematography, the storyline, the plot twists, the raw tragicness of it all. The same scene always gets me; when Jack is downstairs in handcuffs, and Rose desperately tries to set him free. When I first saw that scene (I was about seven or eight) I burst into tears because of the injustice of it all and I thought Jack was going to die because of a crime he didn’t even commit. I thought it horribly unfair.

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Can young people be in love?

Puppy love
I’ve written a few posts on love and friendship, and have mentioned that I have never been ‘in’ love yet have deep platonic love for those I hold close to me. Adults tend to underestimate and patronize children and teenagers, although I think those attitudes are changing. Romantic love is an interesting topic to consider in the case of young people.

Friday, 24 November 2017

Favourite TV Shows Part 2

I did a list of my top 10 favourite TV shows a while ago; here are some new editions to add to the list (nearly all are shows I've watched and adored this year). I've also blogged about them all so will include links to individual articles I've written about some of the shows.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Women aren't women anymore...?


There's a fine line between love and hate. When you have strong emotions for something, be it positive or negative, it takes up a lot of your head space - or blog space. Clearly I find the 'Return of Kings' site interesting to some degree, else this wouldn't be my third article - or fourth, if you include the post I've written on Roosh V - on it. This is going to be discussing their post 'Women aren't women anymore.'

Monday, 20 November 2017

What makes beauty?


I don’t find Kim Kardashian that attractive. I know empirically she’s very sexy. I just think she looks fake and doll-like. Too much make-up on a woman isn’t pretty to me. Plus personality can influence how attractive I think a person is.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Habitual vs ‘One Time’ Cheating


I have a longer more ethics-driven post called ‘Is Cheating always wrong’ which you can also have a look at. This post is going to focus on those that cheat once or twice in their life times as a drunken or random slip-up, versus those who habitually cheat.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Tell me about it, stud


When women are promiscuous, they’re labelled sluts. When men are, they’re labelled studs. I don’t think having a lot of sex, whether you’re male or female, is a ‘immoral’ or makes you ‘dirty’. My generation has moved away from that very conservative way of thinking, and hopefully will continue to.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Do you have healthy boundaries?


The other day I sent a friend a screenshot of a Tinder convo. This friend responded saying they didn't think it was appropriate for me to send something that personal to them, and that it wasn't something they wanted to see. Because I'm over-sensitive and at times irrational, I freaked out and cried after, then calmed down and read an article called '12 Signs You Lack Healthy Boundaries'. However, it got me thinking. In life, what defines healthy boundaries? How much is too much?

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

PEOPLE ARE STUPID.


On one side, you have crazy radical feminists who believe that all men are rapists and need to be 'taught not to rape.' On the other side, you have idiot men who want to control women and want women to be subservient to men.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Are we slaves to technology?


The things you own, ending up owning you.
-         Tyler Durden, Fight Club

It’s everywhere. An epidemic. Walk down the street and bump into someone on their phone. Sitting with friends staring at their screens. Miserable people on the tube with their earphones in.

Trust Nothing and No One


I don’t mean you literally shouldn’t trust anyone, ever. What I mean by the above statement is that because we all have different perspectives on things, it is often difficult to know who to listen to.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Film Review: Magic (1978)


Magic is this creepy psychological thriller that came out in 1978. It's about a struggling magician named Corky Withers who becomes a well-known performer once he brings his ventriloquist dummy, Fats, to his shows. Corky is a very disturbed guy; he suffers from either schizophrenia or dissociative identity disorder. He has self-esteem issues, and is shy, fragile and soft spoken. Fats, contrarily, is brash, funny, sarcastic and outspoken - the opposite of Corky. Contains spoilers.

Women have always been oppressed...?


No. We have not. This is a feminist myth. Women have not been ‘oppressed since the beginning of time.’ ‘Oppressed’ is a strong word to use. Oppression could describe the people of North Korea; the slaves trapped during the Transatlantic Slave Trade, or the Jews in Nazi Germany. Oppression means a situation where people are governed in a cruel or unjust way and prevented from having freedom.

Friday, 10 November 2017

Destiny vs Coincidence


Do you believe that our lives are mapped out in a sense, by a ‘God’ or just by the universe, or do you think that everything happens due to our individual choices and coincidences?

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Discussing characters on Game of Thrones


(Note: this post will be very long. Will also contain spoilers).
How can a show make you laugh, cry, scream in terror, smile in delight, and have you in constant suspense? It twists and turns every cliché, every character arch, interweaving plots and pulling them up and back down again. Game of Thrones is a truly incredible show. What makes it incredible are the characters, and wonderful acting and character development. Coupled with witty dialogue and excellent storylines, I think it’s one of the best shows ever made. With each season it becomes more gripping and intriguing. Things unfold and people grow. Beloved characters are killed off and tortured. It has a delicious blend of evil insidious characters, good-natured compassionate characters, and those that may be bad or shady in one season and likeable the next. It also deserves high praise for having a great balance of solid male and female characters. Here are my verdicts on all the characters that have mostly stood out to me. The ones I love, the ones I hate, and the ones I sort of like but are unsure of.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

It's ok to cry


I’ve always been a massive crybaby. I cry a lot; as little as once a week, or as often as a few times a day. Usually I tend to cry at little things, but sometimes major things can get me as well.

Monday, 6 November 2017

Is Beyoncé a feminist role model?


I don’t consider myself a feminist and haven’t for almost two years now. I don’t consider myself ‘anti’ feminism either; I have no issue with feminists that do actually care about women’s issues like domestic violence, FGM, sex-positivity, having prevalent female characters shown in film and literature, etc. It’s the man-hating regressive feminists that claim everything is sexist that piss me and most of us off.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Hounddog (poem)

High in the mountains of East Africa
The Hound dog barks and howls.
He calls on the world to listen
To his witty words of wisdom.

He prances from rock to rock
Making the others gaze in wonder
At this dashing young creature
Brimming with bright charisma.

His tail is cocked to attention
His eyes shine with readiness
More and more animals come to listen
To what this dog is about.

The ladies smile and swoon
At this dog’s enticing ways.
He’s a hound dog; tramp, a rover,
And they all want to travel his way.

He’s got them by the ear
Telling them tales of his adventures
Music, fashion, art and colours
A world he painted all over.

The hound dog is a wise one
He says life is for living.
Don’t waste the time you have here,
For it will past by quickly.

This hound dog is not perfect
His fur is rugged and worn
But not to worry, for lady still
Shares a meatball with him.

He’s a hound dog alright; a tramp,
A rover, and a scoundrel.
Very wise, full of life and colour,
I wish that I could travel his way.

11th May 2017

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Saturday, 4 November 2017

Love makes us vulnerable


A conversation with a friend inspired this (hehe; she knows who she is). When we love someone, whether they’re our friend, partner, family member; we’re giving a piece of ourselves to them emotionally. We’re putting ourselves in a place of vulnerability. We’re opening our soul up to them which gives us the potential to get hurt. With love, there is always the risk of getting hurt.

Friday, 3 November 2017

White women and black hair


In my experience (and of course this doesn’t apply to every single white woman), white women generally don’t understand how black hair is looked after or managed. Unless they have a relative or close friend who is black or studied hairdressing, it’s unlikely they will know how black hair is taken care of.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Discussing characters on Jane the Virgin


I love TV shows; I watch a lot of them and I get obsessed with them, to the point where I talk about the characters like they’re real people. It drives my brother nuts. Jane the Virgin is this awesome comedy/drama/mystery/romance show about a young woman called Jane who gets artificially inseminated by a doctor. The sperm she gets impregnated by belongs to a man she used to have a crush on whose wife was trying to get pregnant, but the doctor messed up the insemination. It’s hard to say much more than that because it’s such a crazy show with a whirl-wind of plots and sub-plots and characters. They all come together brilliantly in a very well-crafted and clever way. It’s very light hearted and humorous, as well as thrilling and action packed. Here are my comments on the main characters, most of whom are likeable. (Note: may contain spoilers). I've currently seen all of seasons 1, 2 and 3. 

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Love songs are lame


This post is going to explain my distaste for love songs via two reasons: a) from a musical standpoint it’s boring and repetitive to have so many songs about the same thing, and b) love songs only ever focus on romantic love, perpetuating it as the ‘best kind’ of love in our society and diminishing other types of love. (Note: obviously I don't think ALL love songs are lame; plenty of individual songs I love are about love. This is more about the general repetitive topic in music).