Sometimes, putting another person’s needs or wants in front of your own seems like the courteous, “good” thing to do, even if that jeopardises your own happiness. The conception of “the good life” in the minds of Ancient Greek philosophers, such as Plato and Socrates, was described as placing priority on being virtuous in life instead of deriving pleasure from life out of stereotypically “good” things, such as power or wealth. This definition of the good life was even taken a stage further by Socrates, who argued that it was better to lead a life of pain and suffering over a life of corruption and abuse through trying to find pleasure. However, is Socrates’s philosophy really that agreeable?
For decades there has been a strong movement growing in Europe to ban women from wearing headscarves, niqabs, and burqas, labelling them as symbols of female oppression and threats to security. Far-right nationals have gone as far as saying that the wearing of these garments is not a causal, personal choice but part of a wider attempt by political Islamism to gain support and ‘win recruits’.
On May 11th, Rita Ora released the third single from her upcoming album: an energetic, upbeat pop song entitled ‘Girls’, supposedly a celebration of bisexuality. Released only a couple of weeks after the end of WHS’ own Pride Week, it seemed a reassuring affirmation of the increasing public support for the LGBT community. Unfortunately, not everyone saw it that way, and in the wake of the song’s release, it was met with considerable amounts of backlash. The question, however, is whether or not that backlash was justified.
The Times published an article this week about Georgina Chapman – the estranged wife of Harvey Weinstein. She described the confusion, humiliation and shame that she felt after discovering what her husband was accused of having done.
Ever since our very own Anna Healy conceived the idea of Pride Week, it has been – happily – met with mostly positive reactions, as students and staff have dressed up, raised money, and learnt about LGBT history. However, beyond the usual opposition from bigots on moral grounds, there has been a trend in recent years of questioning why Pride exists in the first place. After all, gay marriage has been legalised in the U.K., RuPaul’s Drag Race is in its tenth season, and shouldn’t gay people just be lucky they don’t live in a country where they can be persecuted? In this article, I will be examining – and debunking – the primary criticisms of Pride.