Feminism VS Father Christmas
Feminism: The theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes.
Santa Claus: A legendary figure originating in Western Christian culture who is said to bring gifts to the homes of well-behaved children on the night of Christmas Eve.
What do these two things have in common, you may think?
The Act of Remembrance: Does Repetition Undermine Recognition?
Every year on the 11th of November at 11am, Britain band together in a two-minute silence to recognise the sacrifice made by our armed forces. This tradition began specifically to remember soldiers from the First World War, but is now used as a time to remember everyone who has served in the Armed Forces. The Royal British Legion says that ‘Remembrance honours those who serve to defend our democratic freedoms and way of life. We unite across faiths, cultures, and backgrounds to remember the sacrifice of the Armed Forces community from Britain and the Commonwealth.’. We all understand that this is the least we can do to pay our respect to those who fought and gave the most they could possibly give to defend our rights and liberties. However, is it possible that this ritualistic ceremony is undermining its very purpose?
Penny for the (wrong) Guy
On the 5th night of the 11th month of the year, generally on a dark, cold evening, drizzling with rain, we gather up our anxious pets and elderly relatives and lock them up at home, while we head out, shivering in the cold and damp, to the many municipal and private events around the country. We spend an hour watching the dizzying and deafening fireworks, eat undigestible sausages and imagine what it would have been like if the British Parliament were blown up with gunpowder, as the effigy of a Catholic is burnt on a pyre to demonstrate to the world that no one takes democracy and tolerance more seriously than we do.
How Brooklyn nine-nine Shows That Coming Out Shouldn’t Be a Big Deal
Brooklyn nine-nine is a comedy TV show about a police precinct in Brooklyn. It follows the life of a few of the workers there who are close friends, including Rosa Diaz. Rosa is portrayed as quite an aggressive, reserved, caring and a generally badass person. In Episode 5 of Season 5, she comes out as bisexual to her friends and coworkers. In the next episode to her parents. But why is her coming out so important? Well, not only does it fit well with the context of the show and the nature of the characters but it relates to a wider theme of how coming out stories are being portrayed in the media.
Why ‘Still I Rise’ is a Wimbledonian Anthem
Last year’s performance of ‘Still I Rise’ by Maya Angelou was powerful and touching. The unity of the different languages resonated with the audience and the message of Angelou’s iconic poem. Even now, I’ve come to realise that this poem is a meaningful representation of the Wimbledonian spirit. To me, ‘Still I Rise’ summarises three key ideals at Wimbledon High School: the ability to overcome adversity and hardship, our keen connection with womanhood, and our connection to our different cultures.