Real Issues That Affect Us

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‘Beauty Bae’ won its SECOND¬†‘Blogger Recognition Award‘ in less than a month, yesterday! ūüŹÜ

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Thank you very much, Bex Faye, for the nomination! I’ve already told you this but: Bex + Fae = BAE. How? Well,¬†B(ex) (F)a(y)e. ūüĎĮ‚Äć‚ôāÔłŹ

I don’t want to rewrite¬†what wrote last time but¬†this blog began¬†as a way of giving¬†my hobby (make-up collecting and wearing) a new meaning. I now also collect and wear it for you!

Two new tips for newbie bloggers? Start, just start writing and you’ll see the rest will follow… There is no time like the present, and everyone/everything has to start somewhere. Secondly, choose the time you post carefully, unless you’re bored (like me, currently) and are suffering from insomnia (also me).

I would like to nominate:

1) Babbling Beauty (nice reviews!)

2) Beauty As I See (great content!)

3) Beauty by Aneesa (one of my very first followers)

4) Bex Faye (you were always going to be in this list).

5) Beauty & the Ballroom (again!)

ūüö® Disclaimer: my listed bloggers (should they choose to accept their nominations) are to thank the person/s who nominated them, outline how their¬†blog/idea first came about and should give two tips on how newbies or aspiring¬†bloggers can get rid of those¬†first-time blogger/blogging nerves, then they should list their¬†nominations! I look forward to reading your posts. ūüö®

ūüďĚ Please note that most of my¬†nominees (this time) are bloggers who I’ve known since last year, to commemorate¬†my One Year WordPress-aversary, three days ago. ūüďĚ

I will continue to support and interact with all my current (and newer) followers as well as prospective ones!

Thank you, you’re all great and I love you.

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I am flabbergasted to hear that there was a debate on ITV‘s ‘This Morning‘,¬†where someone¬†claimed that the ways in which victims of sexual assault dress play a part in whether a perpetrator is going to perpetrate!

I am appalled that we live in such a society where we still believe the way people carry themselves, dress, talk or behave makes them a target of such atrocious crimes.

In publicly declaring such a misogynistic claim, we are taking a¬†percentage of fault from the perpetrator. So, where¬†a perpetrator should be 100% liable for their crimes, they become something like 65% liable simply because someone decided that¬†dressing “provocatively” adds¬†to¬†the “risk”. Sorry, ¬†correct me if I’m wrong, but – should there even be a risk¬†in the first place?!?!

There is a sad reminder every day in the newspapers we read and magazines we pick up that women, men, children, and teenagers (boys and girls) across the World have been victims of abuse (sexual, physical and the like).

Are you telling me that a baby is dressing “provocatively”? Are you telling me a man in a suit or woman in a blouse and smart trousers is dressed “provocatively” on their¬†way to work? Are you telling me that students in school-uniform are dressed “provocatively”?

I know a man who was on the London Underground, standing on the escalators, he was sexually assaulted by another man in broad daylight! (this man was wearing a suit, carried a briefcase and was going to work at the time).

Dressing up (or down) has no part to play in crime. The sad reality is if someone is in the¬†vicinity of a perpetrator or at-risk perpetrator, and they are in their sights, it’s going to happen. ūüíĒ

Rather than claiming¬†“women’s attire” is to blame, we should be putting full blame on the criminals¬†and¬†educating everyone on the dangers of rape, as well as¬†the different types of sexual assaults. If that’s not possible (which it totally is – even though we shouldn’t have to as it should be a known fact), then the Govs. should lock-up perpetrators and/or¬†people at risk of perpetrating.

What’s more, pubs, bars, and clubs should refuse to serve at-risk perpetrators with alcoholic drinks on-tap for fear that this¬†could lead to an offence… Because, if “dressing less provocatively” will lower the chances of rape, then so will not providing perpetrators with “excessive amounts of alcohol” and prohibiting them from¬†“attending¬†events deemed as risk-inducing”.

Bottom line is: when one¬†goes to the¬†beach, we are dressed in bikinis, swimsuits or trunks which, in essence, are outer versions of underwear. Does that mean we are¬†inviting others to touch us?¬†What do¬†misogynists dress like¬†when they’re at the beach, in a North Face jacket, seven¬†pairs of leggings and 10 jumpers?

Tragically, even women in the Middle East who wear burkas are at risk.

Please, misogynists, really think before you claim a statement like that.

Sadly and pathetically, we live in a society where animals are dressed as¬†humans. That’s what’s going wrong with the World as we know it. Every one of us¬†needs to be vigilant – but that doesn’t mean¬†sacrificing a night out or wearing every garment of clothing we have in our wardrobes just as a precaution. All you need is a can of¬†Pepper Spray, learning martial-arts as self-defense, or downloading a safety app¬†where you can press a button to¬†alert the emergency services.

Don’t let anyone tell you how to dress, just be cautious and protect yourselves (and each other).

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Photo Credit: @MikeFerrell (Twitter)

I want to take a moment to thank every woman, man, baby, child, and pet who went along and marched the streets across the UK and the World, this weekend. ūüôĆ

I also would like to thank the famous figures who attended or are spreading the message and raising awareness; as well as the young and elder leaders who are writing and performing empowering, intellectual and intelligent speeches to the masses. Their speeches are enough to evoke belief, feeling and a sense of okayness in the stressful times that we are currently under, politically. It is times like these that we need to unite in solidarity against hate, oppression and the many faults in society.

This weekend, we celebrated the fact that ignorance, fickleness and hatred has not won, isn’t winning and will not win – contrary to what statistics have us believing.

The sexist bigots in society, some of whom have more power than others, may have won an election, but they won’t win the battle nor the war that is the rest of this lifetime.

Remember, there are millions of people across Earth marching for the same reasons: equality, a better life, and a better future.

Parents are taking their children along to these rallies to prove that their children’s generations are voting next. They’ll hopefully make the more logical¬†choices. Others are taking their children along so that they prove a point that they are standing for their future. They want a future for their children that doesn’t involve uncertainty, fear, inequality, and racism, sexism, disabled(ism), religionism, homophobia¬†etc.

Together, when showing a united front, the People can win!

Those who engage in “locker-room talk” aren’t the People’s¬†choice… If¬†they are, I’m sorry to say, #WomensMarch proved otherwise. “A picture paints a thousand words.” Angle or not!

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Ladies and gents, if you take anything from this post, take that we are One. We stand together, and we have no choice but to empower one another.

Conversely, we¬†don’t have to march the streets to show solidarity. We can do it via blogging, social-media, spreading the word through face-to-face, over-the-phone discussions or other means.

Women and men are equal until proven… Equal.¬†Let’s not let the fact that the clocks seemingly went back 300 years in November (and then officially yesterday) affect¬†that.

Peace to all!

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Me with My ‘Red Nose’.

Hi guys and dolls,

We are taking part in Comic Relief‘s Red Nose Day, this year! I love everything¬†to do with fundraising, curing causes or creating a better future for others… Then again, doesn’t everybody? There is a real sense of accomplishment attached to knowing that you have helped better at least one person’s life by donating.

For those of you who don’t know, Comic Relief is a National UK Charity and it runs an annual fundraising night where celebrities and civilians get together to raise money for various causes and issues that we face both in society¬†and across the World.

The Red Nose Day celebrations are broadcast on TV, similarly to BBC‘s Children In Need.

We were asked to choose our own Red Noses last week, at random… I chose one like the rest of them. Guess which one I get? The “Nose-It-All”. Not sure if that’s an omen for “try not to looks like you know everything when you clearly don’t” or if it’s just a case of mere coincidence. Either way, I don’t know much, but I do know a hair wash and/or brush wouldn’t go amiss (if the picture above is anything to go by).

This year, Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day falls on the 23rd March. I’m excited but am wanting your help.¬†I need ideas for what¬†to do to raise money! Bake sale? Sponsored activity? … Any cool or quirky ideas are welcome!

Love,

Miamii

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