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Huffington Post UK Claims Afro Hair Makes Black Women Fat, There's Been A Study Apparently!

It’s been a long time since I've read something that made me really angry and deeply annoyed, and this is probably more down to my ability to avoid offending articles then intelligent journalism!
So imagine my annoyance when I spotted on my Twitter timeline a tweet by Huffington Post UK declaring that "40% of African-American women avoid exercise because of concerns about their hairstyle, a study has found".

According to the article a recently published study in America has identified that 40% of African American women purposely avoid exercise to maintain their costly hair styles. The study which used (only) 103 African American women participates between the ages of 21 to 60, consisted of a 40 question questionnaire and was led by dermatologist Dr Amy McMichael.

While it’s not the study per say that put me in a fit of rage, it was the clearly irresponsible and quite frankly racist journalism that got me in a huff (no punt intended). I mean what value or interest does …

Gender Toy Swap!!

I've been reading a few books recently about the gender myth so this was an interesting find!
A Swedish toy company are promoting in their Christmas catalogue images of reversed gender play, so girls can be seen playing with trains while the boys play with dolls.  I think this is a great way to diversify our gendered way of thinking especially that of parents (whom are in the main position to enforce gender play stereotypes on their children). Would be great to see this applied to all toy adverts, particularly the one shown on television insistently around this time of year. 
I have never really understood why play needed to be gendered and can distinctively remember my childhood play behaviour being pretty neural (thankfully), whether I was playing with dolls of playing football my closest friends who where mainly boys would participate. Surely boys as well as girls alt to be open to learning the life lessons role playing games offer and surely girls too should learn the discip…

Egyptian Women Stand Up To Street Harassers

I have to admit I found this a tad bit extreme but I totally get the sentiment.
A band of Cairo women have grouped together to tackle the rising issue of women reporting incidents of street harassment by men.  This vigilante group, who call themselves Estargel (that's 'Be A Man' in English) don bright clothing and target men who sexually harass women by giving them a taste of their own medicine. Which implies spray these men's faces in paint and tagging their clothes with the words "I am a Harasser"!
I very much doubt that these men will have the sense to link their feelings of humiliation and embarrassment to that of the feelings they caused to the women they harassed, which is why this eye for an eye approach isn't always the best way about things. But their is some humour to be found in this method and a thought of 'that teaches you' ring to it!
I respect the Cairo group of women for making a stand, though I do wonder if any of these women ha…

Music Review: The Weeknd Trilogy

Rarely do I buy new music these days, with it being even more of a rarity that I buy music from male artists. Reason being that I just can not stomach the lies and hypocrisy commercially viable male solo artists spin with their predictable music and unoriginal public image clashing fiercely with the reality of their private lives.

With music today being so limited in the topics sung about and (in making myself sound old - which I'm not) the lack of experience, soul and true artistry in today's predominately young artists, I was surprised and delight to find out about Canadian singer The Weeknd. I'm told that this artist has actually been around for a while, though it is only now that The Weeknd's music is reaching commercial heights with the song Wicked Games played regularly on the radio. While I have liked the song since hearing it, it wasn't until I had seen its music video that I really became interested in what this young male solo artist has to offer.

Wi…

Book Review: Religion For Atheists

As an Atheists I was skeptical at first about reading this book, since thanks to popular Atheists like Richard Dawkins (who's book The God Delusion I find too arrogant to finish reading), Atheists have been given a bad rep of being condescending towards religion. 
Thankfully this was not the case, with Alain De Botton's Religion for atheists instead being a quick and interesting read.

Philosopher and author Alain De Botton writes with much compassion, with Religion for Atheists highlighting the important and positive fundamental practices and principals religion promotes once all the superstition and magic is removed. With what being left essentially being a 'how to guide' for the living. For this De Botton explains why religions should not be dismissed so quick as fiction and fairy tale. When not taken so too literal, religion encourages and supports important human/cultural values such as community spirit, kindness, compassion and love. With religion also being very a…

Book Review: The Casual Vacancy

Being a Harry Potter fan I obviously had high hopes for J.K. Rowling's first post Potter offering. While I wouldn't say the book disappointed (she is a brilliant writer/story teller), I can't say I was much impressed either.

The Casual Vacancy is the story of a small English town reeling from the sudden death of a very influential town’s person. Interestingly enough the story deals with the issue of race and class prejudices, which actually shouldn't come as much of a surprise considering similar themes/issues, were dealt with by Rowling in the Harry Potter series.  

The story sees the small well to do town of Pagford attempt to relinquish council responsibilities from their impoverish and 'money draining' county neighbours, the Fields. Barry Fairbrother is the influential character who dies suddenly at the beginning of the story. As a Pagford resident and Parish Councillor his political ambition is to integrate the Fields residences in with Pagford. This is d…

Film Review: Savages

With a fab 'A' list cast and lots of great reviews Savages fell disappointingly short of my expectations. Actually if I'm honest it didn't really recover from it's opening sex scene which then evolved into a love triangle between a half naked young blond called O (short for Ophelia) and her best friend drug dealer lovers whom are quite happy to share the same woman. Plus more graphic sex scenes.

Not to give too much of the plot away but the story follows O and her high end drug dealer boyfriends encounter with Mexican drug gangsters. To my surprise Salma Hayek's character was the drug kingpin with Benicio Del Toro being her right hand man; Travolta plays a dirty government official, with the films ending being very messy.

The film contained a fair bit of action and a few graphic and gruesome scenes, though the problem I had with the film was how rubbish Hayek's drug lord character was. This has nothing to do with Hayek's acting, shes a really good ac…

Event: Inter Disciplinary.net 4th Global Conference on Fashion: Exploring Critical Issues

Last month we attended our first academic conference in Oxford hosted by InterDisciplinary.net which was attended by scholars from around the world and explored the theoretics of fashion. The four day conference consisted of 13 panelled sessions where those with essays presented their fields then opened to the floor for questions and engaging debates. Critical issues such as fashion and youth culture, eco and sustainable fashion, the politics of fashion and luxury [fashion] practices and concepts (which we presented in) where just some of the subjects discussed.

It was a great experience to be surrounded by those with a keen interest in fashion theory and to be a part of the very vast ranging discussions on fashion. Some of the highlights from the sessions discussed the theory of deconstructive fashion, the historical narratives of Indian fashion garments, the evolution of South Africa’s fashion identity and the emerging 'homeless chic' fashion trend.