Beauty standards for women have always been nothing short of unrealistic and unachievable, and are made up of racist and infantile images due to the rise of race theory, and the ever-present patriarchy. Feminine beauty has been transformed into an industry designed to keep self-esteem low and profits high and built catering to the white, cisgender, heterosexual male gaze. White supremacy and sexism – particularly the intersection of these two ideas – are still prevalent in modern society, resulting in ideas of the beautiful woman that are consistently paedophilic and racist.
In recent years, society has become increasingly more concerned with climate change and how we often absentmindedly harm the environment in our day to day lives. Therefore, steps have been made to reduce our carbon footprint; one of which being sustainable fashion. Considering approximately 3,000 litres of water is needed to produce one cotton shirt, it is evident as to why people have become increasingly more conscious of the impact of buying brand new clothes; the rise of apps like Depop and Vinted, which allow users to sell old and unwanted clothes, reflects this progression.
Since the very moment modern society came into fruition, activism has come hand in hand with its much uglier sibling – performative activism. Performative activism is best described as someone who feigns involvement in a greater movement in order to present a fallacy of concern for marginalised communities, with no clear goal in sight apart from virtue-signalling and ego-boosting.
The anti-LGBT zones remain firmly established across the country, with an attempt made by the EU to refuse funding under the twinning programme to 6 cities enforcing the anti-LGBT sentiment. While the funding is not going to come from the EU, it is going to come from within the government’s Justice Fund as promised by Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro. An equivalent of just over £50,000 of government funding is being used as a statement: they will not back down. Their priority is unwavering, as they continue to support and propel the bigotry of its citizens.
Presently there has been a greater emphasis on the representation of the LGBTQIA+ community across the entertainment industry. The increasing visibility has led to an increased acceptance and tolerance in society and it has helped those in the community seek comfort as they see themselves represented on screen.
*Disclaimer: this article is spoiler-free and I do share my subjective opinion*
In a time of socio-economic and political upheaval when accountability is valued by young people above all else, it’s easy to get caught up in the rush of ostracising and condemning those we see as wrongdoers. But amongst the blur of the #XIsOverParty hashtags and blacklisting, is it possible to find the line and self reflect on our transformation into narrow-minded moral absolutists? Do we always have the correct motive in mind? And is the lawlessness of social media responses opening the conversation to bigots who crave a way to invalidate the fight for social justice?
Time travel is one of those outlandish concepts that has mesmerised and troubled numerous curious minds, whether from a scientific perspective or just innocent speculation. As non-scientists, we may perceive the wonders of science in action as ‘miracles’ or ‘magic’. However, it is only through understanding well-substantiated theories and mathematical proof that we come to realise that science is more of a rigorous, tiresome but incredibly rewarding method of investigation, rather than an instant solution to our problems.
30 years of hurt no longer, the wait is finally over, Liverpool have been crowned as champions of England, but to what extent do we understand the significance of this momentous ascertainment?
Though many of us can easily recall names of famous sovereigns, their policies, their wives even, a new order is bubbling. We’ve seen the way empires have risen, fallen, how religion has been twisted and moulded to fit ideals. Should the continued existence of such an archaic institution really be the representative of our so called democracy?
Censorship can often lead to an idealised perspective of the world around us, creating a utopia in the world of entertainment that serves as a dangerous method of escapism. Black- and brown-face needs policing, but banning isn’t the way forward. Life imitates art, and life just isn’t a perfect racism-free environment.