Monday, 30 June 2014

Feminism

While scrolling through my tumblr feed yesterday, I came across a post listing several celebrities that did not want to be labeled “feminists” as it promoted female superiority that feminism itself had many negative connotations. Shailene Woodley once in an interview, “I love males too, though! I like to be a feminist, but I’m also a…maleist? What would you call that?”

One of my favourite Ted Talks is by a woman called Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Last year I watched her talk “We should all be feminists” in history and the reason I enjoyed it was because she brought up the idea of a feminist stereotype. In society, the architypal feminist seems to be a woman who is unmarried and hates men, bras and any form of revealing clothing. If that were true, all feminists would probably look like this.

 
 
 

Firstly, if all feminists hated men that would be sexist, which is exactly what feminism is against. Feminism means equality for all genders regardless of your gender identity.

Secondly, feminists don’t have to be woman. You can support animal rights without being an animal, right?

Lastly, people should be able to dress how they like. Whether you want to wear skinny jeans and long shirts or mini-skirts and crop tops, what you wear only becomes demeaning to your gender when you mean it to be. It isn’t about how you present yourself, it’s about the attitude you present with what you wear.

Don’t be afraid to speak out about equality just because of a stereotype.

izzy

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Ted Talk

 
 

Friday, 27 June 2014

What I have been and shall be doing...

It is officially the end of the second term of Grade 9 SHOCK HORROR which means the end of June exams and the beginning of the daunting task of subject choice.

Despite the fact that I had to study, I read some excellent books this term two of which were Time Riders and The Book Thief.

Time Riders - Alex Scarrow
This is possibly one of the best Sci-Fi/time travel/counterfactual history related books I've read and I would definitely read it to those of you that are whovians.

The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
Best. Book. Ever. and Markus Zusak has Tumblr!

I also read Will Grayson Will Grayson and again I cannot compliment John Green enough, and David Levithan is an author I am going to pursue.

My sister and I have been watching Fargo this term and I am in a constant debate about whether I should love or hate Lorne Malvo because yes, he is a serial killer but his character is so *shudders at the colloquialism* awesome! We have just got up to the episode where Lester frames his brother and I don't think he is smart enough to get away with it.

I also bought two more albums which were:

The Smiths - The Smiths
Morrisey. That is all I can say.

and

Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not - Arctic Monkeys
I think Riot Van and Mardy Bum are two of my favourite songs ever. Mardy Bum also caused my dad to consider them as a good band :) (and they said it changes when the sun goes down ;) )

I also bought this EP

and I have come to the conclusion that Despair in the Departure Lounge is the best song on it.

I watched The Fault in our Stars and there are no words to describe it.

I also watched We Bought a Zoo again with my little sister and it is unironically (yes, I realise this is not a word) one of my favourite movies.

This holiday my book list includes Eragon, Artemis Fowl and the Eternity Code, Inkspell and Wolf Brother.

Live Long and Prosper

izzy

(P.S. who can name which episode the above picture is from?)
(P.P.S. *SPOILERS* it's Amok Time - Season 2 Episode 1)

Monday, 28 April 2014

About me (one and a half years later...)

Who I am

My name is Isabelle Joubert (hopefully you know that already) and I am 14 and a bit years old. I am in grade nine and have exams at the end of this term :P.

Ten facts about me

1. I still knit (a lot). I recently made a monster thing of my own invention that I'll post photos of.

2. I prefer cats to dogs and I am trying to convince my parents to get me a cat (which will either be called Sherlock or Spock, regardless of gender). Now that I think about it, the fact that I would call a female cat Spock is probably one of the reasons my parents won't get me one...

3. I belong to multiple fandoms including Harry Potter, Sherlock Holmes (books included), Star Trek (well duh), The Hunger Games, Divergent etc. A large ammount of my time goes into maintaining these fandoms which icludes annoying my family with random bits of trivia about all of them but you never know when it will come in handy!

4. I read constantly and I always read the book before watching the movie (ALWAYS). I think my favourite book is either How I Live Now (Meg Rosoff) or The Perks of being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky) but any booknerd will tell you that you can tell someone doesn't read if they ask you what your favourite book is ;) (It is like choosing between siblings!)

5. I can't decide what my favourite band is but I really like Arctic Monkeys, Florence and the Machine, Nirvana, The Beatles, The Lumineers, Cage the Elephant etc. (Again, it is impossible to choose.)

6. Buying me a book voucher means we will be friends forever. Also if you belong to the same fandom as me means we will be friends forever.

7. I recently cut my hair and it means that I get to wear my hair down to school when everyone else has to tie it back :D.

8. If I don't have to go out I will wear pajamas and slippers, no negotiations.

9. I don't like parties that much and I don't like shopping (Unless it's book shopping. Sometimes I don't even buy the books, I just stare at them longingly).

10. I really want The Hobbit: There and Back Again to come out. That and Mockingjay Part 1. And The Fault in our Stars. I'm waiting for a lot of things to come out.

Live Long and Prosper :)


  izzy xxx

Saturday, 26 April 2014

The Star Trek infatuation continues...

Hi,

My Star Trek infatuation is ever growing and due to this fact here is the project I had for most of the Christmas holiday. Making Star Trek dolls.

Since this is based on another pattern I won't be posting how to make them but here are some pictures of the bridge crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise :)

Captain James Kirk

First Officer (S'chn T'gai) Spock

Doctor Leonard Mccoy

Lieutenant Montgomery "Scotty" Scott

Lieutenant Nyota Uhura

Ensign Pavel Chekov

I haven't gotten round to making Sulu yet but I will soon.

As well as watching Star Trek I've added Sherlock to the short list of TV shows I watch and ERMAHGERD it's amazing. Even My dad likes it :).

I have finished reading Lord of the Rings *cries* and am almost finished the movies. I am also reading Sherlock Holmes which is remarkable, I can see why people were so obsessed with it (well they actually still are but ANYway).

Some books I reccomend which I read this holiday are:

On the Road - Jack Kerouac (this has been added to my list of favourite books ever!)
All Quiet on the Western Front - Erich Maria Remarque
An Abundance of Katherines - John Green
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society -  Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer

Live long and prosper internet :)

izzy xxx