For centuries, the society has dictated the “ideal” body of a woman through the media. This begins at a tender young age when a girl is given a size zero Barbie to play with, and this unrealistic perception of “perfect” lasts for a lifetime through every magazine she opens, every song she falls asleep to, every movie which is her guilty pleasure and every advertisement she catches sight during the Family Viewing Hour.
DISCLAIMER: You may not agree with the content(s) of this article, but I am entitled to my opinion and the fact that I have a particular entitlement or right is irrelevant to whether my assertions are true or false.
Note: This article is dedicated to Yameen Rasheed, a Maldivian human rights activist, blogger and editor-in-chief of The Daily Panic, who was brutally murdered on 23rd April 2017. The last conversation we had was regarding this article, just 8 hours before he was pronounced dead. Nine weeks later, I summed up the courage to finalise this article and publish it.
Is it too late to jump on the bandwagon? 3 months ago, I finished watching the mini series version of Jay Asher’s book, ‘Thirteen Reasons Why’ and I have an inclination to state 13 reasons why I harbour mixed feelings towards the show.
The story oscillates between the narrative Hannah Baker who left tapes on which she recalled instances of abandonment, bullying, manipulation, rape and rape culture, rumours, sexual harassment, slut shaming, stalking and more events that she alleges caused her to take her life, each attributable to one of the classmates that her tapes are delivered to AND and Clay Jensen who is on a quest to uncover the story behind the death of Hannah. It also depicts the impact her death had on her school community, including ensuing legal action by Hannah’s parents against the school.
By this time, all of us have heard of E.L. James’ bestselling erotic novels: Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed. These books have sold over 300 million copies worldwide, and the movie based on the first book opened at USD 60 million. Moreover, the long-awaited release of the movie based on the second book is finally upon us. There are elements in Fifty Shades that warrant discussion. I am firm with my convictions, and I choose to air them publicly.
I never rooted for you, and I never will.
But once you were on the verge of getting elected, I found myself saying, “He cannot be THAT bad…”
Oh boy, how wrong was I.
The Battle of Sexes is the topmost battle of our time. Feminazis spurns Mennists, which lead to #YesAllWomen and #NotAllMen. Yet, the winner of the Gender Supremacy Battle has not been universally declared.
First of all, Feminism. This is the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the genders. This is the true essence of feminism. This is what I stand for. This is what I want to prevail. Fighting for women’s rights is not a synonym for man-hating.
There are two kinds of people in this world. People who consider mental illness like the serious concern it is, and the people/a**holes who ridicule it and question the faith of the person suffering from it. Excuse the harshness, but with regard to the talk of mental illness recently, I can safely say that 65% of the opinions and comments are from the kind of people who fall under the latter of the two.
“Let me think about it… – No.”
See how simple it is to say one little word? Of course, there will be times when it’s not that easy if you’re used to saying yes all the time. As for women, it’s easier to feel obligated to say yes to things that we’d rather turn down so that we don’t come off as cold, rude, or insulting. Learning how to say “no” is a powerful skill and with practice, you may find it easier to master the gentle art of saying no.