When I was living in London (England), I spent a pretty decent amount of time travelling about the United Kingdom (more than continental Europe, really). Although most of my trips to Scotland centered around Glasgow & Edinburgh, there were times where I got to see the proper scope of Scotland and its landscape, and it was terrific. For some reason I had cause to go browsing through my travel photos from those visits and thought it would be nice to share a few. (You can browse through the sets here, here and here also.) Scotland has so much going on, it was terrific to see outside of the cities too. It was overall my favourite place within the UK that I spent time in other than London (probably the most time I spent in the UK outside of London, too!). Next time I get back over the pond I’m going to make time to get back up there!
Today is International Women’s Day (IWD), recognized in.. well, I suppose not all places, but enough to make it “International”. But just because it’s not recognized everywhere doesn’t mean that the issues highlighted by IWD aren’t universal. Today’s Google Doodle does a pretty nice job in showing us a wide range of women, it’s heartening. It helps remind me that though I am in a privileged position as a white cis-het female, there are dozens and hundreds of women for each person like me who are not fortunate. Who face daily struggles, who don’t have the rights and safety I do. Or women just like me who are told they should be raped for having an opinion on something that doesn’t align with the male perspective; women like me who are shot down in their homes and in their circles of friends and in their workplaces for who they are. Women everywhere face this daily and more.
This year’s IWD theme is Inspiring Change. Change still needs to happen. Change can happen with your help. From their site: “Women’s equality has made positive gains but the world is still unequal. International Women’s Day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action. Inspiring Change is the 2014 theme for our internationalwomensday.com global hub and encourages advocacy for women’s advancement everywhere in every way. It calls for challenging the status quo for women’s equality and vigilance inspiring positive change.”
As women, trans-women, trans-men, men, children, elderly… all of us can afford to take the time each day to try and counter the shitty stuff that happens in the world. Educate everyone about violence towards women and we’ll all be better for it. Educate children to grow up into a world where biases are lessening and we’ll all be better off for it. Bring equality to rights for all people, and we’ll all be better for it – women deserve to have a say over their lives and bodies, rather than being told what to do. Act with kindness every day to everyone in your life, women or not, and we’ll all be better for it. It goes on. There is such a thing as IWD because women have long been systemically held back/attacked/made out to be lesser people. Make every day IWD and this will change.
I’m proud to be able to recognize my privilege, to speak out as a feminist about many things that encroach on women’s rights as human rights. I am happy to try my best to be an agent of change and work towards a time (that I recognize might not be in my lifetime) where women have equality and rights and do not fear systemic and institutionalized violence or other kinds of abuse.
If you are about to say something like “well, I’m a women and things aren’t so bad for me” or “why isn’t there an International Men’s Day” or something along these lines, stop it. Stop talking and start thinking about the implications of how narrowly you are looking at the world and how harmful that can be when an open mind and change is needed.
Annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through to local women’s craft markets, theatric performances, fashion parades and more.
So make a difference, think globally and act locally !! Make everyday International Women’s Day. Do your bit to ensure that the future for girls is bright, equal, safe and rewarding.
- I am still in mad love with Parks & Recreation, but in particular the way that Leslie tells Ben “I love you and I like you”. It’s such a wonderful and particular way of expressing affection for someone who is your friend that you love romantically. AWWWWW.
- Celebrating my vegan anniversary! 12 years BABY!! I had my favourite takeout (Hot Beans) and ate my Instagram giveaway prize cake (from Tori’s Bakeshop) with my sweetie.
- Knowing that I have made a positive difference in people’s lives and the way they live as a result of being vegan is something I love. It’s something I forget at times, that I can and have been a role model by living the life I believe in.
- I love animals, man. Animals are the best. They are awesome and amazing and deserve love, every last one of them. Especially this guy:
- My friends who strive to make the world a better place by sharing information about the mistreatment of non-human and human animals, or raising/providing resources for these causes makes me happy and full of love. Feminists, animal rights activists, those who speak out against violence, fighting phobias of those who are different. What a rad bunch of people. They help me learn, help me articulate issues better.
- I love that I have a 3 day weekend coming up! Yesss, accrued vacation time! WOO!!
Enjoy your weekend, reader. I hope it will be rad.
I didn’t keep up as well with this these last couple of weeks! I hope you enjoy and it’s a nice mid-week pickup.
- There seems to be a rash of re-imaginings of Disney princesses/princes lately – but this one is really worth sharing. It’s so spot-on! Disney Princesses as Game of Thrones characters - detailed here. (Also nice there are this many female characters to do!)
- I never thought a climbing plant could do this.. wild. (via Reddit)
- For a little inspiration, this young lady speaks about the problems of gendered toys for kids, and how she petitioned Hasbro to change the easy-bake oven! She speaks to the idea that if you really want to, you can make a change. It’s a great message to hear someone speak on so passionately.
- This is such a cool guide to drawing characters from Adventure Time! They make it look so easy..
- Speaking of Adventure Time, the game Card Wars is now available, from Cryptozooic! I’m not sure it’ll be any good, but it sure looks nice. (I think the iOS version reflects the wackiness of how it’s portrayed in the show, though. I’m not sure that version is any good either, but SHINY.)
- Watch & be surprised at the voices behind some of these cartoon characters – LeVar Burton was in Captain Planet! (Man, I wish I Know That Voice was available to watch here!)
- Look at these beautiful landscape alphabet illustrations! Gorgeous. (Collected at the British Museum)
- I’m an introvert, so this short ‘Debunking Myths About Introverts‘ video rings so many bells for me. Watch and learn! You may be surprised to learn something about introverts & understand them better.
- A recent ‘Great Showdown’ of the LEGO movie. I love it! Have you seen the movie? It’s wonderful!!
- These images from the NYC subway from 1981 are such a beautiful visual time capsule. I can’t imagine riding on a subway system so gritty! It’s much better there now.
- I will leave you with a couple of lighthearted things to go into your day/evening – first, these cheeky, sneaky border collies sneaking up on their dog friends. Hee.
- Last of all, these heartwarming images of animals of 60 different species all being besties at a refuge in Arkansas. Heart MELTING.
Although I am pretty consistently posting stuff to Instagram, there are still always bunches of photos that collect themselves on my phone and never make it off until I think about doing something like a photo roundup. So here we go!
And now to finish with a few games that have hit the table (out of many) this year so far.
My skin’s been drier this winter than any before it, so I’m particularly in love with Lush’s Charity Pot moisturizing lotion right now. It smells so good, it’s not heavy on my skin, it keeps my skin nice (when I remember to use it enough!) plus the proceeds go to “small, grassroots charities and projects working on behalf of the environment and conservation, animal protection, and for human rights.” Win win win win.
I love that my friend Liz is coming to town tomorrow with her mister, James. YAY. Last time she was here was a couple of years ago, and although we’ve seen her & James when visiting London, it’s always nice to have my London pals come here. I miss ‘em all. Here are our faces from when she visited last. We are adorable. I can’t wait to smush Canada all over James! WELCOME TO MAPLE LAND!!
Recently we tinkered with our Netflix which means we can watch the USA stuff. Which means that Adam and I have been rabidly inhaling Parks & Recreation (we just finished season 3!) and I LOVE IT SO MUCH. I am fairly particular about what comedy I enjoy, and a lot of stuff like the Office, 30 Rock etc doesn’t actually make me laugh out loud, or much at all. But everything about Parks & Rec has been a wonderful and amusing ride so far. The hilarity of everyone’s comic timing, facial expressions, goofy things. I LOVE IT. Oh man. I want to be watching it always.
I love the Simpsons – up to a point. The older stuff is so genius. I will still pepper conversations with random quotes to this day, I can sing along with all the musical numbers. It’s become one with my brain. I was randomly browsing screenshots yesterday, and this came up in a social network feed today, just reminding me what a gem of comedy it is. One of my all-time favourite Homer/Homer’s brain exchanges: