Archive for March, 2015

I’m Just a Girl!

Posted: March 28, 2015 in Uncategorized

I write my blog to appeal to males and females, but today I realise that I need to focus on a very feminine topic. I still feel that this will benefit both sexes, but if the idea of periods freaks you out then firstly you should not be female and you should not date a female!

Firstly I want to bring up the point about the female body…

As a women we are a sexual object, our body has lost all meaning but to be the focus of a man’s sexual desires (or woman’s depending on your sexual orientation). Every human body has a function, but we have limited the female body into just purely a sex toy. If a woman chooses to present herself as a sexual object, that is wrong. If she decides to hide her body away, she is wrong. As a woman we have no say in how we present our bodies.

A project called Free The Nipple, came under fire because people found it hard to view the female breast as just a body part. They felt that they had to make very negative comments about the whole project and the female whose picture was used to front the campaign. This negativity only highlights that we have no idea how we as women can be portrayed! When a woman walks the street in a burka, they are being called slaves to the controlling men of their culture, but on the opposite side of the spectrum if a woman bears all, she is encouraging the male sexualisation of women. We just can’t get it right!

Continuing on about the female breasts… Why is breast-feeding so wrong? As a woman we have no say in how we use our body even when we are using it for the actual function they are there for! What I find interesting, is that it is other women that can be the driving force when it comes to bullying other women to conform to their way of thinking, which is usually the male-dominated instruction for women.

I don’t think that women should feel embarrassed about breast-feeding or anything that comes naturally as a woman or mother. This brings me to the topic of periods…

When I was younger I found it so nerve-wracking when I had to go and purchase products for “That Time of the Month”, but as I got older I started to stop caring about other peoples opinions because it was unavoidable. As a woman having your period is a part of life. If you want to be a mother one day then the period is a necessity.

Recently I heard about an artist Rupi Kaur, who used a photograph of a period stain on the back of her pants while in bed and a stain on her bed… This photo was posted on Instagram. Instagram removed the photo because they stated it didn’t follow their community guidelines. The photo was removed twice by Instagram, but following a tumblr post about this issue by Rupi, hordes of tumblr followers created an Internet uproar and forced Instagram to reinstate both photos that had been deleted.

This made me quite annoyed, because there have been many times growing up that I have had period accidents and having such a stigma surrounding something so natural seems pointless. A child wetting themselves when they are potty training isn’t considered disgusting or wrong, it’s natural. A man can shit, fart and go topless and that is okay, but women can’t do any of those things and she can’t even have her period or feed a hungry baby unless under a blanket hidden from prying eyes!

So often we have to explain or justify being a woman and I think it should stop! A woman is not dirty because she has periods… because if she didn’t she would not be a woman! Breasts are for feeding babies… they do not offend and they are not for the sole purpose of pleasing men sexually!

The female form has so much stigma surrounding it and that needs to change! Lets make it okay to be a woman!!

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Free to Be Living on Earth

Posted: March 26, 2015 in Uncategorized

As humans we have not been on this Earth for very long, but we have managed to drastically destroy it. This is not a post about how we damaged the Earth, but more about how we have damaged community.

We live in a society that puts more value on pieces of paper than the people that print the paper or even as far back to the people who are employed to cut down the trees to make the paper that our money is printed on. We have created a hierarchy of power based on who has more pieces of paper, but have decided that community can be sacrificed.

We look at the world as the West is progressive and evoking and the third world is wrong and failing. One major difference… When you look at a child from a third world country they smile and laugh, even though they don’t have piece of paper (or what we call money). Then you look are the rising rate of depression among young people in the West. Why are we so depressed if we have a more progressive and evolved society?

We are not progressive in the correct way…

We don’t focus on creating community, but creating competition. We see what our neighbours have and then want the same or better, but we don’t want to share what we have. If we give to charity, we need to announce it to all that we are good and can share, but giving shouldn’t need to be announced to anyone! 

We care more about appearance than the actual actions. We want people to think that we are successful, but for all the wrong reasons. I long to be a change in the world, for the better. I see a lot of people who are standing up to the west and we look at them as if they are the people that are living life the wrong way. I admire activists, regardless of what they are fighting for, the fact that they have the guts to stand against the “norm”!

In my opinion, everyone that work against everything we consider “normal” are living life better. I am not including those that hurt others, but even if we look at using religion. When we hear about negative impact of religion we are very rarely faced with a Buddhist, Sikh or Hindu, because they believe in none violence not just in words, but with actions. I am not affiliated with any religious group, but I was a Christian and never truly felt happy because of the hypocrisy.

Activist work in the same way, they can not waiver from their beliefs because it’s what keeps them going. What they are doing is trying to create the world that we should want! When I believed in the Christian faith I had to believe in the beginning… God made the Heavens and the Earth, etc. but regardless of the facts if people believed that when Adam and Eve walked the Earth it was considered perfect. No one focuses on this chapter for the right reasons, they are so fixated on God creating everything in 6 days, but it also explains what perfect life should look like.

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day. (‭Genesis‬ ‭1‬:‭27-31‬ NIV)

What made us decide that life needed to bargained for? When did we feel that life was better trying to con one another?

When I first went vegan I told an old christian friend and they felt that “because in the bible it mentions eating meat”, so they decided that they will not even here my reasons why I became vegan. Since becoming vegan, everyone seems to have an opinion about me and my life (or more accurately my food). Why is doing good so wrong?

We use so much of our resources  for the wrong reason and when people try to inform, they are silenced because they taking money from the rich. Big corporations are finance from our ignorance or ability to avoid asking the hard questions. We are paying for a life we should have for free, but we fool ourselves into thinking that we can live a life of freedom or that we already have freedom. We are not free because we choose not to be, we see that we are being manipulated by Governement and big corporations for their gain, not ours!

I am listening to Russell Brand’s book Revolution and he wants to start an uprising, but it is impossible because people are so afraid. It’s like being the first to jump from a plane when it’s your first parachute jump, will you jump first? Someone has to jump first or the plane will have to land and no one would have experience the free fall and opening parachute. It’s the same with life, someone has the be the first, but the problem we have here in the UK is we have so many restrictions stopping us from being free. In the USA many people have been able to live off-grid, with vast amounts of land to start living more sustainably, but here in England especially it is very difficult to get land and build a off-grid home and live sustainably.

It is a worldwide problem that we will move to fracking instead of looking at renewable energy, but this is because we are not making anyone richer with renewable energy. This is not a free world if you didn’t get my rant before.

I close this blog post with a thought to take away, we are dictated to that we are free, but as we are faced with a fight to keep the NHS from being sold, THINK… If we were living in a free country why are we paying so much to live our lives we didn’t chose to have? I didn’t ask to be born and neither did anyone else, but from our first breathe someone has been paying for until we could pay for ourselves. THINK… Are we free?