18/02/2014

Gotta Get Thru This - a study mix

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This isn't a serious post, but I thought that I'd make my essay inspiration playlist into an 8tracks mix since Rose (jokingly, I think) asked me to. About once a week, I have a major essay crisis where I have to stop myself from weeping over the pile of incomprehensible texts I have to read and the only thing that can help me power through Hobbes or Levi-Strauss or Schumpeter or whomever is to listen to powerful songs such as Gotta Get Thru This ("if only I could get through this!" I cry in the library, staring blankly at the first section of Leviathan) and Get'cha Head In the Game ("gotta get'cha, get'cha head in the game" is seriously relevant when I'm spending more time staring wistfully out of the window instead of writing my essay).

So here we go! A mix of songs for when you want to feel sorry for yourself, songs to make you feel all powerful and strong (obviously why I have two Destiny's Child songs in the mix), and the last song is when you've reached the final hurdle - you have done it, you have succeeded, and now you can spin around your room shouting "FREEDOM". (I don't recommend you do this in the library because I can guarantee that the librarians won't be impressed, even if you've just tackled some horrible 17th century text, so maybe just dance around your seat for a bit.)


I was going to have the cover art feature everyone's favourite TV Smart Girl, Rory Gilmore, but I ended up picking this picture from when Marty says "college is breaking my spirit - every single day, telling me things I don't know" because that's exactly how I feel. University makes me feel ridiculously inadequate and sometimes I just need to have some cheesy songs to tell me that I will survive.
  1. Get'cha Head in the Game - Zac Efron (from High School Musical)
  2. 9 to 5 - Dolly Parton
  3. (There's Gotta Be) More to Life - Stacie Orrico
  4. Tragedy - Steps
  5. Take Me Away - Christina Vidal (from Freaky Friday)
  6. Can't Get You Out Of My Head - Kyle Minogue
  7. Keep On Movin' - Five
  8. Fighter - Christina Aguilera
  9. I'll Be There For You - The Rembrandts (from Friends)
  10. Independent Women Part 1 - Destiny's Child
  11. Reach - S Club 7
  12. I'll Make a Man Out of You - Donny Osmond (from Mulan)
  13. Work - Iggy Azalea
  14. Gotta Get Thru This - Daniel Bedingfield
  15. Survivor - Destiny's Child
  16. Don't Rain On My Parade - Barbra Streisand
  17. Try Again - Aaliyah
  18. Chiquitita - ABBA
  19. Hold On - Wilson Phillips
  20. I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
  21. Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
  22. The Final Countdown - Europe
  23. Freedom '90 - George Michael

14/02/2014

New Beginning(ish)

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Trigger warning for discussions of rape culture, sexual violence, and sexual harassment below.

I feel pretty lazy right now, as my last blog post was from the beginning of July and I totally planned to write about the interesting things that I did during the summer (like visiting Berlin, going to the UK Feminista summer school in Birmingham with Ananya, etc) but... I just completely neglected to write about them when I actually had time and university takes up so much of my time these days.

Anyway, that's mostly why I've decided to start writing on here again! People who have been reading this since back in the day (like, all four of you) will notice that I've got rid of a few old posts and edited the ones I've left. I guess something that held me back from writing on here was that it felt like a relic of when I was literally just getting into feminism. Not that there's necessarily anything wrong with that, but I feel a lot better having a new beginning(ish). 

I am also trying to be a lot more active at university, which is why I've written a piece at Varsity about the misogyny that's targeted at students from women's colleges(trigger warning for sexual harassment below, and in the actual article too):
People expect you to be ashamed and feel inadequate for going to a modern women’s college because it’s so different to a lot of the older, central colleges, and seem surprised to find out that I actually love the supportive vibe of the college.  
Regardless of whether you think that women’s colleges ought to still exist, the fact is that they currently do exist and there are no plans to change that any time soon. 
Women’s colleges at this university have a rich and important tradition, and the students that attend them are a diverse group of students who deserve to be acknowledged as the interesting young women that they are, instead of being labelled with sexist stereotypes that reduce us to our sexual availability to men.
And I mean, I really do love Medwards. Instead of stuffy old portraits of dudes from the 17th century, we have weird abstract modern art on our walls! We have a supportive and encouraging atmosphere instead of a stifling one, and we have an important legacy of educating women that's SO crucial in the university. Misogyny, Medwards and me is on the website and in print now. (Exciting, right?)

(Again, trigger warning for rape culture and sexual violence below, and in the links.) My friend Jinan wrote a piece for Guardian Students about rape culture at university which you've probably all read by now, and there's an important open letter on rape culture that's been published in Varsity today as well. Definitely check it out!