This past weekend, I had the fantastic opportunity to volunteer at BBCR3’s Free Thinking Festival at the Sage, Gateshead. Now, although this sounds like something you can’t imagine me doing (I wrote a blog post about Taylor Swifts music for heavens sake), it was actually a fantastic experience.
Okay, now i’m sounding a bit naff. I can’t lie, I only volunteered in order to boost my portfolio and help me pass this all too horrendous third year, but in the end it has provided me with some great experience and really opened my mind to what really goes into coordinating a festival such as this.
Now, I may be slightly massively behind on my uni work and may experience the occasional (or daily) meltdown about my dissertation, but you can’t say I do nothing; and part of that happened to be me attending a guest lecture this morning – I will be expecting a reward in the post.
This week, the wonderful Leeds Beckett Business school has launched their Creative & Digital Careers Series, part of which includes sending us incessant emails (only joking) requesting us to get involved. That team spirit lead me to writing this post/review of Digital Identity Day: Brand You.
Another evening and another guest lecture attended, you may think I’m going crazy (but really, i’m just desperate to finish another looming deadline). The subject of this excursion however, was not as lax as the first and for once, not about me.
The evening saw me attend a lecture delivered by Richard Gregory and the subject: Boards, their necessity and effectiveness at the top of some of the biggest organisations.
We’re all so caught up with numbers; whether it’s how many days are left until Christmas, the price of presents or the amount we’re hoping to receive – we can’t stop counting. But it’s not only Christmas, its everything. Looking over my past week i’ve realised that everything has a time, everything has a a deadline and every little number is important – and it’s pissing me off.
I thought that society was progressing in its ability to stop judging women and what they chose to do with their bodies, yet I have once again been proven wrong.
You’ve heard her name before and you’ll hear it again no doubt, but Kim Kardashian has once again attempted to break the internet with a nude selfie. Now i’ve got to give it to her, the girls got to have a lot of confidence to post something so revealing and I for one don’t have any sort of judgement towards her.
Of course though, many had to express their negative opinions. You can see in the comments from the Instagram post, people throwing sexist slurs and complaining of her ability to wear no clothes yet have a multi-million dollar wardrobe, and all over twitter people were tweeting their negative opinions and giving her grief.
If anything, Instagram is a platform for whoever to share any images they wish, Kim is within every right to share this image. Not only is her modesty covered as much as it would be in a bikini, she’s adhering to Instagram’s posting guidelines.
The worst part of this is what some women have been saying about the image, with International Women’s Day just behind us, you would think that women would be supporting their fellow female for being happy and confident enough to share a nude image – without worrying about the way society tends to rip women apart for their looks and weight.
Its not the same case for men. Zac Efron has been all over mine and many other twitter timelines with behind the scenes pictures of him topless for the Baywatch reboot. No one is tearing these apart, but instead drooling over them and wishing his pants were off too. Jeremy McConnell too, a man very much in our lives right now seems to never be fully clothed, but reports on his nude images with only a hat to cover his modesty are all positive.
The lines are blurred and it seems that only men reserve the right to share images of their body – its shame that a woman sharing an image of her body while confident and liberated receives such backlash.
Now I know I’m a little late, but I feel like such a beautiful movement deserves to be commented on. I’m not all about politics, don’t tend to follow everything like I probably should considering I’m now a PR student, don’t worry Emily I’ll be all caught up soon.
If you haven’t seen Emma Watsons inspiring speech at UN Women, then you’re entirely missing out – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkjW9PZBRfk .
HeForShe is a Solidarity Movement for Gender Equality, aiming to end gender inequality and looking for male advocates. The word Feminism is scary for most, its synonymous for men hating. Being a feminist is uncomplicated, yet uncommon.
-Equal Pay, -Right to their own body, -Respect socially
“These rights, I consider to be human ones”.
I’m supporting HeForShe, because my mother raised me, not alone, yet not with my father. Help from my auntie, my grandmother and all the other amazing women who were there from the day I was born. Because all these women in my life are just as valuable and capable as any man. I think you should too.
“All that is needed, for the forces of evil to triumph, is for men and women to do nothing”.