Beauty Is In The Eye of The Beholder – Should Difference Be The New Height of Fashion?

Living in the twenty-first century isn’t easy these days; despite the technology and the magazines, it’s not had to imagine that a lot children, teenagers and young adults are being excluded because they want to follow fashion. But is that the way to go? When fashion will dominate the entire world? What happen if bullying and isolation will rule the roost?

stop-bullying   Bullying is taking control over society.

We all know that bullying can change a person’s life, physically and emotionally. People bully others because they have been victims themselves and they think it is “cool” as a way to get attention. But, there are those who choose not to go down that road. These people are just completely isolated because they are act, think and life differently. But modern times, somehow, catches up to them.

I know a lot of people who are into magazines; they regularly read them and judge on celebrity’s body appearances and the clothes they wear. And because of this, there have been consequences; one person attempted to slim down and became dangerously anorexic. Last week, I was on my break and travelling on public transport when I saw a young mother. She had a toddler, who wore small gold hoop earrings and stylish clothes. Although she was having a blast while looking around the bus, I felt sad for her. It seems that children are growing up too fast these days. What happened to “enjoying being a kid”? I didn’t have my ear pierced until I was eighteen. When you read or even hear experiences like mine, it’s just an overreaction.

However, my worries about stories from strangers, friends and stories coming from yourself or mine are that they may become world issues. Will we no longer see inclusion again? What will happen to equality for all?

I’ve been a victim of bullying and I shamelessly read magazines. I’ve been ashamed of my appearance, including my body but now, I am not afraid any more. There was a story that I was told, years ago and remember today about something my grandmother said:

If you don’t like about the way you look, think about how lucky you are to have what you got because not many people do.

I heard that my grandmother was strict but, I think she was fair.

There are many people who have a disability, are deaf, blind, etc who wish to be “normal”, but, that word is so cliché. There’s no such thing as being a normal person because we’re all equal in different ways. You don’t need to wear make-up, just for the sake of it or have plastic surgery to attract younger people. You just need to be yourself because it will get you far in this world and who knows, one day you can make a change.

]PJO   Everyone is a rainbow.

Difference and inner beauty is the new trend and height of fashion. 🙂    

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Can Music Bring People Together? And What’s Your Favourite Music, Artist and Song?

They say that communities, schools, clubs and Universities bring people together; friendships are made through these connections, sometimes lasting forever.

But what about music? Does it fit into the same categories? Well, it does.

Last week, I had a moment at Drama school where my friends and I were in our dressing room, waiting for our queue to go on stage. I was bored, so I started to watch YouTube videos on my mobile phone. Then, I began to research music; old school music. Suddenly, I listened to songs from my favourite childhood band S Club 7. Not long after, one of my friends asked me what I was listening too. And before I knew it, I took my headphones out, turned the volume up loud and were singing along until we were called to the stage. We had other students looking at us; some with confused looks and others with interest. But we didn’t care. We carried on and on.

sclub 260107 S Club 7 was my favourite childhood band and one of the first pop bands that got me into modern music and celebrity life; they even taught me about Endangered Wildlife, through one of their Children’s shows, “S Club 7 Go Wild!” They’ve showed me that anything is possible and helped me go through tough times; way a go, guys. 🙂

A lot of my friends at Drama school like the same artists as I do; Jessie J, Spice Girls, Black Eyed Peas, Busted, etc. And sometimes, we would like the same songs! (Which is pretty awesome. 🙂 )

When I have looked at the world today, I’ve realised that music has changed a lot. If you had lived back as far as Medieval times, you could only listen to music in religious places. But properly before the early 20th century, some types of music were restricted to different cultures since radio and television weren’t invented yet. Today, music doesn’t exclude cultures to listen to their own music; there are many people listening to different genres of music – Jazz, Blues, Pop, Rock n’ Roll, Musical Theatre, Indian, African, Country, you name it. So without music, there would be no community.

I will know leave you with my favourite songs and artists and I would like to know what you’re favourite songs and artists in the comments section below. I would love to share with your opinions and who knows, maybe we may share the same songs.

My Favourite Girl Band/s: Girl’s Aloud, The Saturdays & Spice Girls

My Favourite Boy Band/s: McFly, Busted, Queen, & Take That

My Favourite Mixed Gender Band: S Club 7

My Favourite Solo Male Artists: Gary Barlow, Michael Bublé, Elton John & Ronan Keating

My Favourite Solo Female Artists: Lady Gaga, Jessie J, Rachel Stevens & Kelly Clarkson

My Favourite Songs: Happy by Pharrell Williams, You by S Club 7, Domino by Jessie J, We Will Rock You by Queen, These Days by Take That & Hallejuah Song by Julianne Hough

My Favourite Happy Songs: Alive by S Club 7, Dancing In The Street by Martha and The Vandellas & Spice Up Your Life by Spice Girls

My Favourite Sad Song: Because of You by Kelly Clarkson

My Favourite Celebration Song: Celebration by Kool & The Gang

My Favourite Inspirational Songs: The Whole World Is Watching by Within Temptation & Dave Pirner, Bring It All Back by S Club 7, Who You Are by Jessie J, Let In the Sun by Take That & Over the Rainbow by Eva Cassidy  

My Favourite Birthday Song: Birthday by Katy Perry

My Favourite Love Songs: With You by Ronan Keating, (Everything I Do) I Do It For You by Bryan Adams, Truly by Lionel Richie, True Colours by Phil Collins & Cindy Lauper, Hungry Eyes by Eric Carmen, Glory of Love by Peter Cetera, Amazed by Lonestar, Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now by Starship, & Time of My Life by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes

My Favourite Musical Song: Defying Gravity from Wicked (I really, really like India Menzel’s and Kerry Ellis’ own versions too)

My Favourite Opera Song: Faust’s The Jewel Song

My Favourite Childhood TV/Movie Songs: You’ll Be In My Heart & Strangers Like Me by Phil Collins, When A Mermaid Comes of Age (from the 1975 film “The Little Mermaid”) & Colours of the Wind by Vanessa Williams

My Favourite Religious Song: Amazing Grace

My Favourite Instrumental Song: Storms In Africa by Enya 

My Favourite Mediation Song: Book Of Days by Enya

My Favourite Disco Songs: 5,6,7,8 by Steps, Tell Me Ma by Sham Rock, Oops Upside Your Head by The Gap Band, Grease Megamix, Saturday Night by Whigfield, Macarena by Los del Rio, Stop by Spice Girls and Reach by S Club 7

My Favourite Song I Have Sung In Karaoke: Mercy by Duffy

My Favourite Oldie Songs: Crocodile Rock by Elton John (the original version; sorry Gnomeo and Juliet fans), My Destiny All Night Long by Lionel Richie, We Built This City by Starship, I Wish by Stevie Wonder, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (Sister Act 2 Version), We Will Rock You by Queen, Uptown Girl by Billy Joel & I Love Rock n’ Roll by Joan Jett

My Favourite New Songs (early 2000’s): Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars, Love Me Like You Do by Ellie Goulding, Let In The Sun by Take That, Shake It Off Enchanted by Taylor Swift, All Fired Up 30 Days by The Saturdays, Uptown Girl by Westlife, Star Girl by McFly, Year 3000 by Busted & You’re My Number One by S Club 7

Racial Stereotype Monologue

Note: This is a monologue I wrote for Drama school. Last term, my class were focusing on including and excluding subjects that the world suffers and in our spare time, we were asked to research and send information that are either inclusive or excluding. I’ve chosen many subjects and some, I’ve written in articles and two monologues. This is my second monologue I have posted online; hope you enjoy it. 🙂  

People believe what they hear. Every day, it’s all the stories are the same – in the papers, on the television and when we have a conversation. These are all rumours, lies… No stereotypes!

There are different racial stereotypes all over the world – Native Americans like gambling, Arabs and Muslims are terrorists, Jews are greedy, etc. The list goes on but what about the people behind the stereotypes?

Some of them are hated, sneered at and abandoned. Why? It’s all down to these bad stereotypes; there is no such thing as a good stereotype because people say negative things about other people’s races. However, no one explains the truth about racial stereotypes. The truth is always hidden; we are all afraid. But, what if the truth can’t always be hidden?

If you look around the room, and especially the person sitting next to you, you’ll see that everyone is different.  If we are all the same it would be boring, wouldn’t it? Not all girls are rubbish at sports. Not all Irish people are drunks. And not all elderly people behave like children.

We still have a lot to learn; we don’t need to keep these stereotypes going. We need to learn, allow others to achieve to see what they can do and integrate with each other.

So, ask yourself; is there anyone who has stereotyped you?

© 2015

IPM Misogyny Stereotype

Note: This is an article I wrote for Drama school. Last term, my class were focusing on including and excluding subjects that the world suffers and in our spare time, we were asked to research and send information that are either inclusive or excluding. I’ve chosen many subjects and some, I’ve written in articles and a monologue. I have updated it so it can be read in the near future. This is my second article from Drama school that I have published online; I’m hoping to do more but I’m really busy at the moment, but I’ll see how it goes beforehand.  

In December 2014, I was listening to the weekly radio programme on BBC Radio 4 called IPM. On one programme, there was an interview with a mother and a young boy called Gus.

In the interview, Gus’ mother tells the reporter that she allows him to play eighteen rated video games at home. She does this because the mother knows Gus won’t copy the violence and inappropriate behaviour when he is off his games console. One day, Gus wanted to buy and play Grand Theft Auto 5; his friends already had the game. However, his mother researched the game online and decided not to buy Auto 5. She explained to Gus that she didn’t want to buy the game because she of the negative reviews about how the game portrays their female characters with misogyny.

After arguing about it, Gus asked his mother that if she didn’t like the women in Auto 5, why the Catholic Church doesn’t allow women to become priests. The mother explained she came from a Catholic background and went to a Catholic school, where she was taught by nuns.

When the interview finished, Gus said he wrote to the creators of Grand Theft about the misogyny they use in the game but said that they haven’t got back to him yet.

When I was listening to the interview, I was shocked and appalled that Gus’ mother allowed him to play video games, which contain violence and sex. In terms of minor law, Gus shouldn’t be allowed to play adult games, even if his mother is buying the games for him. This is an example of bad parenting. Parents should have discipline over her child/children about things that aren’t allowed to use if the child or their children are under age.

However, what is worse about Auto 5 is that the female characters are the subjects of sexual objectification, portraying them as sexy, an ally, a sidekick (to the male protagonist), and a damsel in distress, “uncreative” characters to be laughed, and sneered at or villains. Also, the game Auto 5 has scenes of sexism. This is absolutely disgraceful. What does it show when people play this game?

Women shouldn’t be going off into the streets and showing off so they can impress men. Instead, they should be loyal to their men; their husbands, fathers, guardians, etc. And what has religion got to do with console games? It makes no sense.

In Christian bible, there are rules that teach women how to be respectable towards their men:

 

Man was not made from woman, but woman from man. Neither was man created for the sake of woman, but woman for the sake of man. For this reason a woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels.

(1 Corinthians 11:3-10)

Wives, be subject to your husbands as you are to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, just as Christ is the head of the church, the body of which he is the Saviour. Just as the church is subject to Christ, so also wives ought to be, in everything, to their husbands.

(Ephesians 5:21-30)     

It is clear that men are in charge. They are teachers to the women; they need to be taught to love, honour, and respect the men and need to stay at home instead of going out to night clubs and on the streets. As for women’s rights to become priests, it is out of the question; the church forbids women to take on the role. If a woman is elected to be a priest or the next candidate for pope, it would be humiliating; women are the weaker sex compared to men, who are stronger and wiser. I mean to do such a thing is a crime against nature. Its clear women are not allowed to be priests because of their notorious behaviour and sex.

However, I hate it when videogames like Grand Theft bring feminism. These games portray women (even in the modern day) as weak and unable to fend for themselves. The creators of Auto 5 have made their female characters that way because a lot of male gamers regularly play games like these. But it comes as no surprise that mass media has a history of badly portraying women. There are hardly ever female protagonists in the game; most of them are men. What’s more shocking is that 52% of game console players in the UK are women. Despite the low figures, the development team really have overlooked their female characters.

It was right for Gus’ mother to say “no” to buy Auto 5; it is an insult to modern women. What would children today will learn about women? That all of them are prostitute’s and slaves to men?

What Gus asked about women who aren’t allowed to become priests in the Catholic Church was a rhetorical question; he makes a good point about women’s roles in Catholicism. Although it is difficult to appoint women as priests, there are women who try to make this possible. One example is the story of an ex-Austrian nun named Christine Mayr-Lumetzberger. She used to be a Catholic Nun but was excommunicated by the Vatican in 2003 after being ordained as a priest.

Mayr-Lumetzberger was part a group, full of Catholic women known as the “Danube Seven”. The group choose to take direct action against Catholicism laws by ordaining themselves as priests in secret. When Rome found out, they were angry and excommunicated the women, under instructions from the Bible. In the Catholic Church, excommunication is regarded as a punishment for the extremely bad sinners.  However, this didn’t stop Mayr-Lumetzberger.

Today, she is working as a female priest in Austria and performs Baptisms and Weddings in Catholic churches; she has even performed a funeral beside a male priest. By doing this, Mayr-Lumetzberger is showing the world that Catholic women can be good Catholic priests.

Although Catholic women are not allowed to become priests, Protestant and Anglican churches are. It’s interesting that the Catholic Church have decided to keep their traditional laws; I believe they don’t trust women. The Catholic Church are really falling behind.

When I hear the song “It Is a Man’s World” by James Brown, it reminds me of the pain and suffering women had to go through in the past and who still struggle today. In many parts of the world, women still struggle while the dominant influence of men continue to rise. But, there is still a chance for women to become Catholic priests in the future. And who knows? One day, we will have female priests. Maybe the mass media industry won’t prejudice women and create modern female characters that’ll become heroines in their own right. It is possible but it will be a slow process. Hopefully, it won’t be long because this world would be nothing without women or girls.

My first conclusion to Auto 5 is that the game is being discriminate towards females. But it is no surprise. From what I have read and heard about the characters the Grand Theftcreators have put in is disgusting. It is a shame for such talent to be wasted when they could create female characters with no sex appeal or weak sense of humours.

In my second conclusion, I completely disagree what they show and think about women. Through my mother, I was baptised and later joined the Catholic Church. However, I do not agree with their rules, focusing on women. There is a great opportunity that is being missed by mass media interests and members of the Catholic Church.

However in the article I read about Mayr-Lumetzberger, I heard that Pope Francis is trying to change things, so it could be possible for women to become priests in the Catholic Church:

“It is difficult to start on that road. I hope the presence of people like me make it a little bit easier”, says Mayr-Lumetzberger. “The Catholic Church in general is good. It is just that it is blind in one eye.”

So, I hope there will be an opportunity to see this change very soon and see what the world will look like in fifty years’ time when women will be completely equal to men. The world will properly look different then, but its up to the present to put things right. How will it happen? We don’t know yet for sure; all we can do now is wait, hopefully not for long.

Do You Believe?

Do you believe in fairies?

Do you believe in the magic?

Do you believe in true love?

Do you believe in God, who lives up above?

Do you believe in riches?

Do you believe in societies?

Do you believe in money?

Or do you believe in classes?

Do you believe in creativity?

Do you believe in innocence?

Do you believe in fairy tales?

Do you believe in adventure?

Do you believe in the truth?

Or do you believe in the lies?

Do you believe everyone has a soul

Or do you believe in anything any more?

© 2015

In The Future

This was a poem I wrote last year (properly when I started writing, “Waiting For A Rainbow”). This is basically my poetic dream list of things I want to do in the future. I don’t these things will happen but I’ll guess I will wait and see. 🙂

In The Future

 

In the future,

I want to travel the world,

See all the landmarks

And embark on many adventures.

 

I want to fulfil my dreams,

My ambitions and goals;

I want to help children and animals,

As a volunteer, for a year.

 

I may find love,

Maybe raise a family;

I may teach my children how to love

And how to spread happiness for others.

 

I want to inspire young people

To go out and support their community,

To help other people

And to make a difference.

 

© 2015