Sunday, 26 April 2015

Update: Another Post For London Theatre Direct


I just thought I'd link my latest post that I did for London Theatre Direct for you to have a read. This one's titled "How To Pick The Right Show For A Musical Theatre Beginner"

I'd love if you could go read it and tell me what you think!
Hattie xo

Saturday, 25 April 2015

The Liebster Award (#2)


I was nominated by the awesome Liam of The Life of a Thinker for the Liebster Award. I've done it before last year but I figured it's been long enough that I can do it again. It's a great tag and I love reading and writing them. A big thank you to Liam for tagging me!

The Rules:
Thank and link the person who nominated you.
Answer the nominator’s 11 questions.
Nominate 11 small blogs who have less than 200 followers. You should believe that they deserve this award and include their link in your post.
Create 11 new questions for your nominees to answer. Notify these nominees via social media/blog.

My answers to Liam's questions:
1) What is your favourite quote? 
"Humans lack good mirrors. It's so hard for anyone to show us how we look, and so hard for us to show anyone how we feel" ~ Paper Towns by John Green

2) Where is your favourite beach/coastal location? 
I have amazing memories of Australian coast from Sydney to Brisbane. It was so beautiful, I'd jump at the chance to go back! 

3) If you could only listen to one song forever, what song would it be?
 This is so tough! I'm loving Bite Down by Haim and Bastille, it doesn't seem to get annoying when I play it on repeat. If it was the only song I ever listened to, I would nail the words in no time!

4) What is your favourite meal?
 Super unhealthy but it's Domino's pizza with a glass of Diet Coke with Carrot Cake for dessert! Not a terribly classy choice!

5) Do you prefer a cold night by the fire reading, or a summer’s day sunbathing? 
Can I have reading in the sun? By the fire reading probably, especially if it's a great book!

6) When do you get your ideas?
 Just as you wake up, or just as you’re about to go to sleep? I usually try to force ideas at night, so I'm more likely to have spontaneous ideas in the morning. It's strange, I've found my best ideas come to me in Chemistry lessons ...

7) What is your most treasured book on your bookshelf?
 My Kindle, as it's where all my favourite books are, notably  TFIOS and Perks of Being a Wallflower!

8) Where is the one place you wish you could visit?
 I've been lucky enough to visit so many amazing places but I'd love to visit Japan or Singapore.

9) If you could suddenly become fluent at another language, which language would it be? 
Mandarin, so I could pass my GCSE easily, or Italian for pizza purposes.

10) What does your notebook look like?
 It's a black and white paisley Emma Bridgewater one with little teapots in the corners of the pages!

11) What would you love to blog more about this year?
 I'd love to write more creatively, I haven't really done it for a long time and it would be great to get back into it!

For this award I'm going to nominate: 

These are all fab blogs so be sure to give them a visit!

My questions:
1) If you could go back in time to live in any time period, which would it be?
2) What's one book from your childhood that you would give to your own child?
3) What's your favourite post you've ever written?
4) Famous or not, who's your role model?
5) Where do you feel happiest?
6) How do you wind down after a long day?
7) What's your favourite Disney film?
8) If you could be best friends with anyone famous, who would it be?
9) Are there any lyrics in a song which you personally relate to?
10) If you could only use one app for the rest of your life, what would it be?
11) How do you deal with blogger's block?

Hope you enjoyed this little tag! Here's my latest post for London Theatre Direct!
Have a wonderful week!
Hattie xo

Saturday, 18 April 2015

What's Wrong With Identifying As a Feminist?


How are you, my lovely blogging pals? I’ve got another post about Feminism for you, today’s topic is the taboo that surrounds feminists and identifying as one. It’s a topic that I find myself faced with almost every day with my year at school. I do find myself getting worked up about this because it’s so clear cut in my mind but I understand that it’s a confusing topic for others.

So you’ve all probably heard the definitions of a feminist before? If not, I’ll break it down for you, a feminist is someone who believes in gender equality. That’s not “women are better than men”, that’s misandry. It doesn’t just work on issues for women (though it is believed to by some including Wikipedia apparently), feminism is supposed to cater for the whole gender spectrum, men, women, non-binary, everyone is included! So if you want the short answer, then anyone who believes in gender equality is a feminist, no question or exceptions – let’s move on. However for some (okay a lot of people) they can’t just accept this and this is where it gets difficult.

From what I’ve gathered, the problem lies in the “fem” part of the word. To some it implies that feminism only cares about women’s issues (incorrect!). I’ve had someone in my year approach me asking why feminism isn’t just called “equalism”. To be quite honest, I wasn’t entirely sure to start with. I just asked the person why they care so much about the name, not the beliefs and how they can make a change. However I’ve since learned a lot about this from figuring it out in my own head, my fabulous friend, Becca and the good ol’ internet.

The first wave of feminism was focused on getting voting, marriage and property rights for women so it would have been called feminism for that reason. It has since evolved to fight for equal rights for all genders but it’s still the same movement. It’s not as if feminism is an organisation, who would be able to make that decision to change the name? Feminism caters for all genders nowadays but the truth is that the majority of the actions taken to achieve equality are ones that bring women up to the same standing as men.

   What really annoys me about why men won’t identify as feminists is how their excuse is that “no man wants to be a feminist because it’s like the word female”. This is implying that it is bad to be feminine, that they are afraid of being demasculinised. In my mind this is seriously messed up and is simple proof that feminism is sorely needed in today’s society. If a women dresses in a masculine way it is praised as a fashion choice, much of the runways today show off masculine silhouettes etc, however if a man dresses in a feminine way it is written off as weak. These attitudes are why, despite how it may appear, women are still viewed as being the lesser gender. Why is it an insult to throw like a girl? Society is making people have the internalised view that it is bad to be female.

I found this point on the internet (I can’t find the source) and I think it’s so interesting: If it really was called equalism, it may involve bringing women up and men down to reach an equilibrium, rather than just bringing women up to the standard of men.

Another reason why some are reluctant is due to the misconception that feminists “hate men”. This is not feminism, this is misandry. There’s a difference between hating the patriarchy and hating men. The patriarchy is the social system in which men are dominant and hold all the power. The patriarchy is not the male gender but both men and women end up being influenced by it in the form of internalised misogyny.

    What really matters, the name or the message that it spreads? Some people need to get over the name and start focusing on the real issues that need to be tackled.

I hope this cleared a few things up! What do you think about this whole issue?

Picture credits: @cabomba_conversation & @feminism_and_sprinkles on Instagram

Have a wonderful week!
Hattie xo

Saturday, 11 April 2015

My Museum of Intangible Things


At the moment I'm reading The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder. It's about two girls from New Jersey, Hannah and Zoe, who embark on a "Thelma and Louise" style road trip to escape their troubled love life, alcoholic parents and dead end futures. Zoe's brother is autistic and has trouble understanding the intangible things in life, emotions like pride and guilt. To help him a little, the girls have set up a museum of intangible things for him,in their garage, filled with their perceptions of these emotions to try to teach him about them. I thought it was such a beautiful idea and it got me thinking about my own perceptions of these intangible things!

Loyalty: Supporting your loved ones and standing up for them. 

Envy: Seeing others with amazing hair/bodies/clothes/friends and wishing it for myself, usually paired with low self esteem. Though I focus on convincing myself that I'm fine the way I am, this feeling creeps in like a snake, poisoning my confidence and reducing me to a shell of doubt.

Dreams: Things that I wish for, big things like reaching a state of happiness where I am in a job that I love or small things like reaching milestones on this blog. They are what makes each day worthwhile and keeps me going when I am low. 

Disappointment: When my expectations get too specific or I let myself get carried away with best case scenarios. Mostly I try to avoid this and keep a level head when it comes to the future but still stay ambitious. The only time this really bothers me is when it's disappointment in myself but it means that I can learn from mistakes.

Fear: Snakes, rejection, wrists and the uncertain future.

Coping: When pain is just a dull ache and you realise that the worst is behind you.

Elation: Having a truly amazing day.

Freedom: Moving incredibly fast in a roller coaster, running through a field, smiling really wide. I'm very lucky to have the freedom that I do as many aren't given the same rights that they deserve.

Insouciance: Not going to lie, I had to look this one up but it means "a lack of concern, carelessness". This is learning when to ignore other people's opinions and do what makes you happy, not trying to please anyone else.

Audacity: Taking big risks in order to achieve greater things. The willingness to put it all on the line.

Gluttony: One word - Chocolate

Belief: I believe in equal rights, kindness and unicorns.

Karma: I'm a big believer in karma, I put my faith in it countless times.

Love: If you have this, then you don't need much else.

Luck: I count myself quite lucky in my life but I am constantly afraid of it running out and bad things happening to me.

Truth: It can set us free or condemn us and there's no use in hiding from it!

Have a wonderful week!
Hattie xo

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Austria Ski Trip 2015


I got back from Austria yesterday after an amazing ski trip with my school! I had an absolute ball as everyone on the trip was so lovely and the skiing was great. I'm going to be honest and say that I'm not a natural sportsperson so I have to work really hard on little things that others find easy (parallel turns) so I'm pretty sure I was the worst in my ski group but that didn't stop me from having an amazing time up on the slopes. The girls in my dorm were great and I loved spending time with them all! I've actually done this trip three times now but this was the last year I had the opportunity to go. I took loads of amazing pictures as Austria is such a gorgeous country and I thought I'd share a few with you! They aren't the best quality as they were taken with my phone but I think they capture the beauty of the mountains quite nicely!

Have a wonderful week!
Hattie xo