Disclaimer: this article focuses on sexism generally seen in the developed world. I in no way intend to undermine the rampant and tangible forms of misogyny seen elsewhere globally. I will explore those in future articles on my blog, and you can find out more about this on The Guardian. 21st Century Feminism “You’re so like… LIKE, NOT … More Why every woman should STILL be a feminist
*This post features images that may be confronting or triggering for some viewers. How many images of emaciated African children, most probably in aid advertisements and accompanied by a celeb, have you viewed? How many of your Facebook friends have ‘found themselves’ on a volunteer trip to Africa, letting you know by updating their profile pic … More Poverty porn may be empowering, but for who?
Have you ever had the experience of laying in bed, willing yourself to sleep, but you just can’t reach that sweet place of zzz’s because your brain won’t stop pondering, ‘if politicians were foods, what would they be?!’ Worry no longer, because I’ve got you covered. Tony Abbott: Aaaaah, the Abz. He tried so hard to be the republican that … More If politicians were food
The conversation about celebrity and activism is ongoing – should they or shouldn’t they? It seems like celebs who don’t use their reach/fan base as a catalyst for change are considered ignorant and selfish, yet those who are involved in political activity and campaigning are accused of only doing it to look good, or merely inspiring clicktivism. Nevertheless, there are countless … More Should celebrity activists stick to acting?
So apparently we live in a harmonious world where inequality and injustice have miraculously disappeared. It is a utopia known as a melting pot (not to be confused with fondue). If we want to wear an Native American headdress or bindi to a musical festival WE CAN OKAY IT’S NOT RACIST IT’S CULTURAL APPRECIATION IT’S TOTALLY FINE … More Cultural Inappropriation
Maps have been traditionally inherently deceiving. They are generally perceived as objective tools to assist in navigation, when really, the scope of their power is far reaching. Maps have the ability to promote specific ideologies, generally those of the creators, that are often entrenched in ethnocentrism and have vast political consequences. “Maps are cultural artefacts … More The Ethics of Google Maps
On the surface, ‘fair balance’ presents itself as a good journalistic practice used to avoid bias and subjectivity. However, when it comes to science reporting, fair balance is inherently flawed. This is because equal space and time are given to science skeptics despite overwhelming evidence proving otherwise. The ratio of credibility to air time/coloumn space in this … More ‘Fair balance’ prevents environmental progress
It is obviously not feasible for broadcasters and newspaper companies to cover all news, every day. It would not be possible due to time constraints, financial constraints and potentially even security reasons. What is it then, that determines what news stories are covered, and which ones frontline? A major contributing factor is cultural proximity – issues … More Who really counts in news?
The ‘youth’ of today are often viewed as narcissistic, apathetic and lazy, not just in their lifestyle, but in their approach to politics. This idea is definitely wide spread, but being part of the ‘youth’ myself, I have to strongly disagree. I consider myself a very active political citizen and I do not think this … More Love is Love – the Political Agenda of Youth
Clicktivism is as easy as scrolling through Facebook News Feeds and ‘liking’ or ‘sharing’ a post, retweeting something on Twitter, or reblogging something on Tumblr. It is greatly effective in raising awareness for things such as social justice issues, political unrest and illness – but is it actually beneficial? Image source. One of the more … More Click. Tweet. Share. Repeat.