I have to admit it. I am an unremitting lover of communist memes. Songs about the USSR to the tune of YMCA? That is my idea of high-quality content. But the internet has a notorious history of taking… well, everything… a bit too far. That’s all very well when the consequences involve impersonating a mannequin for a day or putting on 100 layers of foundation. But should we really allow a political ideology to become a quirky comedic trope?
Over Christmas, I was very fortunate to go on an amazing trip to Kenya with my family and another family who lives in NYC. I have a younger brother who is twice my size and the American family had two boys, one who was my age and another who was twelve. All three boys went to posh all-boys private schools, and the American boys had little female influence given that they had no sisters. After spending very long journeys together while on safari, we were forced to get to know each other rather well. But after two weeks as the only girl, it had begun to put a negative strain on me.