On Watching The Handmaid’s Tale:

Many people all over the world have read Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale”. And with the arrival of the second series of the TV adaptation, morbid fascination with this dystopic world of Marthas, Handmaids, Commanders and their wives has spread.

whilst it may be comfortable to take the view that this fictional dystopia is a happy reminder of how far forward we have moved on the march to freedom and full, realised equality for women, it does us little good to ignore what it really should be. A sneak peak. A preview. A warning.
A common criticism of women speaking up about the various issues that they face in our time is that there are bigger things to be worrying about as a woman/feminist. If you speak out about rape: aren’t there worse things to be talking about like the murder of women by their partners, or genital mutilation? If you speak up about the right to sexual pleasure, to orgasm, to explore your own sexuality: Aren’t there bigger things to be dealing with? Like sexual harassment in the work place? If you fight for equal pay, to close the gender pay gap: shouldn’t you be focused on important issues like getting more girls and women into STEM subjects and careers? The list goes on.
Processed with VSCO with c1 preset
The truth is, that an easy way to conquer is to divide. A near constant attempt is made to divide women on issues and divide women between issues, “it’s too broad a church” they say, best to stick to one issue at time perhaps. There exists an amusing irony here, in that those who assert the claim that the fight for equality should be a one issue at a time type of fight are often those that claim to be feminist or support the movement, and yet in that assertion is an inherent implication that the tiny minds’ of women can only and should only handle one thing at a time.
 In Gilead, women are divided: Mothers are divided from their children, their work, from love and friendship, from other women, from sexual autonomy, economic independence, from their own bodies, their own intellect. Division is a slippery slope, and the idea that dividing women can be an effective part of the fight for the equality of all women is a troubling and insidious line to take.
Women are of course not a homogenous group.  Black and minority women face oppression and discrimination on the basis of both gender and race, assault from all sides. Transgender women struggle even to be recognised and acknowledged as women.  There should be no white straight woman who has a problem acknowledging their privilege as well as exposing the discrimination they face. What we do all share though is growing up in this world, walking amongst its inhabitants understanding clearly that we are watched and judged and talked over, ignored, made to feel unsafe, not believed, denied and hurt, in countless different ways and to different degrees.
Processed with VSCO with b1 preset
 In times of conflict, chaos and turmoil, women’s bodies and freedoms are often the first to be traded away in return for power, political domination and economic control. We live in a time where the right to a safe and legal abortion could vanish in as many as 25 US states within 6 months. Where women are raped, beaten and abused by strangers, by lovers, by the ones they believed they could trust. The perpetrators of our violence are often believed over our cries for help and our screams for justice. We may not live between the pages of a Margaret Atwood novel. We may not be handmaids in Gilead. The Handmaid’s tale may be fictional. But some version of the partial or even complete dismantling of the legal rights and personal freedoms we have struggled for thus far is by no means beyond the realms of possibility. This should scare us. And it should spur us on.
E x
Advertisements
Standard

Self Portrait

I’m back from a bit of time off from blogging, as I had been feeling pretty uninspired and unimaginative!

I often get frustrated that as someone who doesn’t have access to photographers that make you look super cool and work with you to create the aesthetic you want for your content, I often can’t seem to create the type of imagery I want, the type of imagery that I see on my Instagram feed that inspires me.

The kit I have is pretty basic. I have a Nikon d5500 which, whilst a pretty decent camera, to create the high quality images I’d like I’d need maybe a 50mm lens and an awesome photographer behind it. I currently don’t even have a tripod!

Yet earlier today, just as that golden hour was upon us, I noticed how nice the light was around the house, and so decided to take advantage of it and I’m quite pleased with the results!

1521221628376

Continue reading

Standard

2017: A Year in Pictures

Disclosure: Glamorous holidays and expensive clothes excluded due to lack of existence in my 2017.

JANUARY :

January 2017 feels like such a long time ago…my 2017 started with a bit of heartbreak, a lot of anxiety about the year to come but what I remember most is being happy to back at Goldsmiths, surrounded by great people. This photo was take on a walk around Goldsmiths with my best friend Alice, and this was a rare moment – for reasons two fold: 1) I’m not pulling some mortifyingly embarrassing face/pose. 2) It was sunny…in January…In London..whoa.

Continue reading

Standard

Honest Chat – Life Is Hard

Evening you lot, I’ve been wanting to write a post along these lines for a while now, but was a little unsure of how to do it and get it right.

Processed with VSCO with a4 preset

The blogging/Instagram world is an overwhelmingly positive place. People support each other, follow each other’s lives, celebrate the highs and commiserate the lows, together (for the most part). Yet comparison is often inevitable, and when your feed is full of successful, beautiful people loving life, it can become a strange place when your own circumstances and feelings fail to mirror those staring back at you from your screen.

Continue reading

Standard

Winter Is Coming. But First, Autumn.

Ah Autumn. It’s here.

Processed with VSCO with c9 preset

I love Autumn. The Autumn – Winter seasons are my favourite. Whilst I love the summer sun, I’d take curling up by an open fire, long walks in the crisp cold morning air, hot drinks and candles, any day. I’m sure my bias in favour of the colder months stems from A) my love of Christmas and B) my birthday, but regardless, I’m a sucker for all things cozy and snuggly.

Granted, fewer daylight hours is a major setback for A/W, and I can fully understand why people hate these months. When it’s windy, rainy, cold AND dark, it can be grim.

Processed with VSCO with c9 preset

And yet, there is something that warms the cockles of my heart about a Saturday evening in mid-November, open fire roaring, the smell of warm soup and toasting bread wafting in through the door from the kitchen, blankets piled high, fuzzy socks, massive jumpers layer upon layer, with a warm mug of something in your hands, and the tea candles flickering.

Processed with VSCO with c9 preset

Nothing beats it, and it’s what I love about living in a temperate country. I’m not quite sure how I’d feel about 30 degree weather come December, it just doesn’t feel quite right!

Today I took a walk around the city centre, and for the first time in a while (thanks to the brief Indian Summer a couple of weeks back), it really felt like Autumn. I was glad to be layered up, glad I had brought my coat with me. The leaves are starting to turn to that deep orange colour, mixed in with shades of brown and golden yellow. They littered the pavement and made a great contrast to the bleak grey sky.

Processed with VSCO with c9 presetProcessed with VSCO with c9 preset

Every season comes a change. A transition. What I’ve experienced in recent years is that often, somehow, with each change of season comes a feeling of transition for me personally. Whether it be from student to graduate, London to Leicester (though not for too long I hope) or even in relationship to single, all of these things at different times in my life have coincided with a change of season.

Processed with VSCO with c9 preset

This season the most prevalent one is by far going from a student to an unemployed graduate, and having to move from such a bustling, sprawling, massive city like London to relatively slow paced life of Leicester.

Anyone who has to move home after uni will tell you the same thing. It’s bloody hard. All that freedom and independence (not to mention student loan) is gone. And it suddenly becomes necessary not just to find a job, but more broadly speaking to find some way of bringing purpose back into your life, and to your days.

Processed with VSCO with c9 presetProcessed with VSCO with c9 preset

This is no small task. And to be frank, I’m struggling a little!

Processed with VSCO with c9 preset

If anyone has any advice, inspirational stories, or just wants to sympathise with me please let me know!

Processed with VSCO with c9 preset

My only hope is that it’ll all be okay in the end. That counts as a plan right? Well in any case, I’m glad I have an open fire, a near constant supply of hot drinks and a mountain of knitwear to turn to this autumn. Because there’s nothing like burrowing down under those layers to make all your worries feel far away.

Processed with VSCO with c9 preset

  • Jeans – And Other Stories
  • Shirt – Vintage
  • Jumper – Zara (old)
  • Shoes – Asos
  • Bag – Vintage

Processed with VSCO with c9 preset

Processed with VSCO with c9 presetProcessed with VSCO with c9 presetProcessed with VSCO with c9 presetProcessed with VSCO with c9 presetProcessed with VSCO with c9 presetProcessed with VSCO with c9 preset

E x

 

Standard