Fate is Chance. Destiny is Choice.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Season's Greetings

I hope everyone has had a good Christmas - mine was a chocolate fest :)

I'm just checking in to wish everybody a Happy New Year, and best wishes for 2007.

I'm in Edinburgh with my partner's family for Hogmanay - we flew back from London last night as my partner had work today. But I bought The Second Sex with some book tokens today! :)

I'll post something more coherent in the New Year :)

Best wishes everyone xxx


Tuesday, December 19, 2006

What I've Been Listening To

1. Truly Madly Deeply - Savage Garden

2. I Want You - Savage Garden

3. Break Me, Shake Me - Savage Garden

4. Here With Me - Dido

5. Suspicious Minds - Elvis Presley

6. Wake Me Up When September Ends - Green Day

7. Do You Want To - Franz Ferdinand

8. I Don't Feel Like Dancin' - Scissor Sisters

9. Come Away With Me - Norah Jones

10. Girlfriend - Michael Jackson

11. I Put A Spell On You - Nina Simone

12. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) - Marvin Gaye

13. Sexual Healing - Marvin Gaye

14. Back and Forth - Aaliyah

15. Are You That Somebody - Aaliyah

16. Love Me Do - The Beatles

17. When Doves Cry - Prince

18. Dangerous - Michael Jackson

19. Don't Want To Miss A Thing - Aerosmith

20. To The Moon and Back - Savage Garden

- Top 20 played Tracks on my MP3 at the moment!

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Midnight Poetry - Distortion

I still see it
Everywhere I look
Everywhere I go
Posturing, Exposing
Bodies full of lies
On which is written

Women hating crimes
Distortion on the page
Not appreciation
It's objectification
Torture in disguise

Fantasies fuelled by hate
That nobody should sate
Violation, pain and rape
Don't want to see it
Don't want to know it

I don't want to hear it
It's not 'a bit of fun'
We have nowhere left to run
Nowhere left to hide
With this pain eating up inside

Just fuels more anger
More stoking to the fire
I'll fight and I won't back down
Though we feel we might drown

I'm not leaving
Til it's all away
From our eyes

I'm not moving
Til this objectification
Is where it belongs
Til you've righted your wrongs.

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Friday, December 15, 2006

Poetry - Revolution

Where is the call to arms
The shouts of enragement
The flaming torches
The axes?

Where is the passion
The incentive to change
The autonomous thinking
The empowerment?

How do we change this
This stripping of power
The silencing
These shouts of fear and anger
That go unnoticed?

Where is the justice
Where are the countless voices
Where are our human rights choices
Where is our revolution?

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Poetry and the News

It's been a busy two weeks - what with the rush up to Christmas and all the shopping and card writing and planning...blah. At least it's a nice feeling to see the xmas tree all lit up with lights and the thought that there's going to be a yummy dinner!(its the only time I can overindulge in cranberry sauce and gorgeous chocolate without feeling too naughty, hehe)

I've had a breakthrough with writing though, my first tentative steps towards writing something that matters to me again and actually makes sense. My poetry and lyric writing has been really sporadic over the past few years and when I actually have written anything, I haven't been confident enough to show anyone or post it on my blog. I bought a lovely new notebook from paperchase to celebrate (doesn't seem like much but its a funky notebook)!

Also, I'm enraged about the way that some media has been talking about the femicide in Ipswich. Prostitutes are women, they deserve exactly the same kind of respect that other women in murder investigations are given. Lots of other bloggers have posted on this and can articulate much more clearly than I can. But it just makes me more concerned about the state of our society - that most of the women prostituting in Ipswich have a drug habit and have children and prostituting themselves is the only way they can survive.

Sure, I'm a university educated, white, privileged woman but I'm hoping I'm awake enough to see that our patriarchal society is pushing women on the margins right to the bottom, and gives them no choice. I don't know enough about prostitution to say what needs to be done, but I can see that that is no way for a person to live, because all they seem to be doing is surviving. And we live in a society that thinks it's acceptable for men to 'buy' women - in prostitution, pornography and lads mags.

Women are human, they aren't toys to be used whenever someone has the urge or whim. Women's bodies have become commodities, even more so than ever. It scares me how this is allowing women to be pushed into things they think is 'just a harmless bit of fun' when in fact they wouldn't have to do this or think it an option if men and patriarchy didn't demand it. And I feel awful that women have been murdered in Ipswich because they are prostitutes - people don't think prostitutes matter. The person murdering them doesn't just hate prostitutes - they hate women.

So I'm watching the news with trepidation and hope they find the evil person who did this (I say person because I'm not sure whether they can say this is a male or female).

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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

A Quick Post

Just a quick post as I'm kind of busy today (namely applying for Uni at York for Women's Studies..)!

Please take a moment to sign this petition which I found out about from Anji: http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/rape-convictions/ that petitions the PM to support victims of rape and sexual violence by ensuring that more rapists are convicted.

And a few blogs of note that I need to add to my blogroll (more of a reminder for me):

Shut Up, Sit Down
Adhesively Unchallenged
Mad Sheila Musings
Real Men Are Not
RadFem Row

Could anyone let me know if I've missed out any other cool blogs cos I'm sure I've missed out loads! I read so many on a regular basis that I forget to add them to my blogroll!

Anyway, have a good week and Tuesday everyone, I had a great weekend (I am now one year older) and hope everyone else did too :-D

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