Typical of a politics and international relations student, the hot topic in every single class was the US elections this week. Funnily enough, the topic for this week’s class and lectures was voting preferences and we discussed what factors had mattered in the US elections. Primarily talking about Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, otherwise known as the “blue collar states”, we were asked why they had voted Republican when, as most models had suggested, the vote would have been a democratic one on an individual level. Answers such as anti-establishment, nationalism, and valence came up and was swiftly followed by ‘post-materialist’ issues. Continue reading “Scratching the Surface of the US Elections”
This past week, the disgusting story about what goes on in Mens football at Harvard has hit the news cycle and, of course, social media platform. In case it hasn’t reached your news feeds, here’s a brief summary: the Harvard Crimson student newspaper (read: “scouting report”) rated attractiveness of recruits on the women’s football team and mostly included sexually explicit descriptions without their knowledge. Disgusting.
Content warning: mentions of violence against women Continue reading “On the fear of violence from the perspective of an 18 year old girl”
On the 27th of February, I attended a lecture at LSE on “The Ideas of Equality: Feminisms of the 21st Century”. I was privileged to hear a panel of four different speakers: two of whom left a big impression on me. Many of the subjects that were touched upon resonated deeply with me. I hope to write on some of those themes later on but primarily, I want to discuss a topic that was brought up: the illusion of equality.
I was standing in front of the mirror in my skinny jeans laughing internally at the irony that in these “skinny jeans” my thighs are ferociously large. It’s always been one of my biggest insecurities. At home, before I go out, I always ask my mum, “do my legs look big?” and then it often ends with me changing into genie pants and thinking, “if they can’t see my legs, they won’t know that they’re big”. This Christmas, as I was pulling up a leg of my genie pants, I decided that I was sick of always feeling this way. I made it one of my New Year’s Resolution that by the end of this year, I will be confident with my body because, quite frankly, no one cares about the size of my thighs – except me. There have been several hiccups since then, but I’m working on it. The thing is, I see people incredibly toned (basically muscle and bone) and a small frame and I wonder why they look the way they do and why I look the way I do. I mean, fair, I’m not sticking to a strictly healthy diet – but what’s life without a few guilty indulges. Continue reading “A lesson I’m teaching myself about my body”
Wednesday 26th August marked 92 years after the US first celebrated and 95 years after the cause for celebration of Women’s Equality day, and yet women are still not equal to men. Whilst women have come a long way since the first advocation for equality between the sexes such as we are now able to work, vote, be in a high political and religious position, the fight is not over yet.
Tomorrow (25th April) is #OrangeDay, a day to raise awareness and take action against violence against women and girls. Previously only once a year (25th November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women), the United Nations Secretary-General’s Campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women established “Orange Day” on the 25th of each month to continue to raise awareness and take action. Continue reading “#ORANGEDAY”