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'Jeering, Leering, Sneering': The Absence of Ge...

content discovered on Thursday, March 26, 2015 in

It only takes a few minutes of watching BBC Parliament to affirm that women are severely underrepresented within politics. A few minutes of tuning into a random debate regarding the future of the Falkland Islands and I was already exposed to jeering, leering and sneering, all directed at the few female MPs within the room. There are few females who choose to take such an overt role in politics (i.e. becoming an MP), in fact fewer than 30% of MPs in the current parliament are female. Whilst this figure ma...

Happy Belated International Women's Day!

content discovered on Monday, March 9, 2015 in

International Women's Day for me consisted of wine, good company and endless conversation; however the harsh reality is that those who need the empowerment and strength that International Women's Day can provide are those who aren't even aware of its existence. It's a painful irony and one that shouldn't be forgotten, in this day and age any feminism that isn't intersectional is pointless, yet it would also be pointless to focus entirely on the rights of your own sector of society. There's a need for two...

Intersectional Feminism

content discovered on Thursday, February 26, 2015 in

Intersectional feminism recognises that different sectors of society (usually defined as race and sexual/gender orientation) deserve their own specific form of feminism. Being quite a traditionalist in terms of feminism, I was taken aback at first, I still had delusions of one universal movement promoting empowerment and solidarity for all women. Upon reflection, this isn't the case at all. Despite my egocentric view of myself as some neo-Emmeline Pankhurst, the nature of the feminist movement has altere...

Unoriginality comes in fifty shades.

content discovered on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 in controversy fifty shades film opinion personal

As somebody who has ashamedly read Fifty Shades of Grey, I feel better qualified than some to join in on the ongoing debate regarding the controversial nature of its film adaptation. Inevitably there has been a hostile reaction from feminists which has triggered an even more hostile reaction from 'meninists' or MRAs to the feminist hostility.. and so the vicious cycle continues. In terms of its structure, the film really isn't any different from any other 'chickflick' of its genre, it utilises the stock...

Charlie Hebdo

content discovered on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 in charlie hebdo harrowing identity politics terrorism tragedy

The recent Charlie Hebdo tragedy (that phrase has become almost a cliché but is used in all sincerity), definitely shook me up, as a writer I had serious concerns regarding the restriction of press freedoms and as a human being it was clear to me that no religion in the world would realistically place the sword over the pen as their weapon of choice. However, these sentiments clearly have been felt by millions worldwide, which although it does not diminish the heart wrenchingly raw truth of them, it mean...

Transfeminism

As a straight, British, middle-class, white girl I can't refute the fact that I'm pretty privileged. Of course the whole concept of my sex is a hindrance and my admittance that I'm a forthright feminist often paves the way towards even more stereotyping and misogynistic comments than I would have previously experienced... you can either attribute this to a limp form of banter or to feminism's negative connotations.The movement has always had an element of negative characterisation, in true Marxist style,...

Zoella: My Take.

So there's been a lot of controversy surrounding Youtuber "Zoella" and the book that she has recently released entitled Girl Online, which has sold over 78,000 copies in its first week, breaking records previously set by J K Rowling (!).The issue that I have with it is: why should a young woman, simply because she has a lot of success in her particular field - that field being "Vlogging" about beauty and fashion - automatically be granted a book deal writing a work of fiction which (from what I can tell)...

On blogging.

content discovered on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 in

Blogging is damn hard. Especially when you're eaten up by work, fatigue and the pessimist inside you is telling you it's not worth it, go watch some TV instead. Sometimes I question why I blog when I can only guarantee fewer than 100 page views a month, most of which are probably from my mum (hi mum). I also question why I feel like I can only blog when I have something "valid" to say, recently I've lost my bearings, completely forgetting that I should be writing for me. Not for the handful of people who...

Male-Feminists

I haven't posted on this blog in SO long and I feel like I've let my feminist comrades down a little bit (because I'm arrogant enough to suggest that my opinions are actually valued). Exams and mojito's and working in Subway - ha ha irony of a feminist making sandwiches ha ha ha because clearly inadvertently adhering to stereotypes imposed by Neanderthals automatically makes your beliefs less credible - sort of took over and I've been experimenting with writing a lot of bad poetry recently so time to do ...

The "Anti-Feminist"

As Tumblr appears to be the epicentre of newly formed societal waves, I discovered this frankly quite upsetting concept whilst innocently scrolling amongst the cats, disposable pictures and pseudo-philosophical quotes that my dashboard has to offer. Feminism occurs in waves (we are currently - disputably - in the fourth wave) and for the first time ever, there is a new wave by women themselves aiming to rebuke the entire concept of feminism - Women Against Feminism.Obviously I was pretty upset by this di...

Oops

Just realised how long ago it actually was since I last wrote a blog post, not much has changed except:1) I'm now exam free (wooo)2) ....That's really it, I don't have any more exams therefore I'm definitely less annoying and whiny nowadays.There are so many things I want to get down but I'm gonna do it in bitesize chunks so that the people who read my blog (e.g. my mum) because I tell them to and not because they care about feminism will be able to digest it.So today's class is centred on the word whore...

Female Genital Mutilation

**** Post is a little graphic ****Recently it's been brought to my attention that many people are either quite ingorant or uninformed with regards to Female Genital Mutilation. Essentially, there are varying degrees of mutilation that women undergo but it primarily involves the removal of the clitoris in order to remove the potential for sexual pleasure from the woman and in extreme cases, the stitching together of the vagina to ensure that a woman's virginity has been preserved before they get married. ...

The Impact That Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" Has Had...

As a Beat Generation fanatic and quite the James Franco enthusiast, I was overwhelmed by a sense of undulating admiration for the film "Howl" - dedicated to the poem of the same name written by Allen Ginsberg -which I stumbled upon at 11pm on a Saturday night when neither sleep nor homework seemed a viable option. Seeing as though the poem - and particularly the obscenity trial following the poem's release - are at the epicentre of the film, I couldn't help but pay attention to the beauty of Ginsberg's w...

Free Bleeding

Just a quick blog post to express my opinion on the feminist "trend" of Free Bleeding. For those of you who don't know, Free Bleeding refers to women specifically choosing NOT to use feminine hygiene products (e.g. sanitary towels and tampons) when she menstruates and instead choosing to let the blood flow "freely" over her legs and clothing. Lovely. In reality, the latest and ridiculously hyperbolic news stories (e.g. "crazy feminists want their period to bleed "freely") regarding Free Bleeding were a...

ANGST, ANGST EVERYWHERE

This is just me writing with a horribly existentialist perception of life because I am so bloody confused by the "inexhaustible variety" of it all (as you can see, I've just finished an English Lit essay). Half of me thinks that the result of my confusion is due to the ignorance and blatant stupidity of some of those people surrounding me and half of me thinks that I cause confusion for myself. For example:"How can you be a feminist and also interested in fashion?""How can you be a feminist when you've h...


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