I notice that your National election day is coming up… I’d like to remind you that your votes in this upcoming election count.
The U.K. suffered a travesty recently over #Brexit – after some British voters chose to vote for a result which they thought “would lose“, making it a wasted vote. I don’t want the same to happen to you.
What is #Brexit? The moment when U.K. chose to leave the E.U.
The people’s #Brexit vote ended up counting and their “side” won. Now, the British pound has dropped and we’re feeling its wrath. The politicians which fought for #Brexit even ended up standing down because they weren’t prepared for it.
As you’ve probably seen or heard, the U.K. is currently feeling the aftereffects of a dwindling economy, a rise in grocery costs and the loss of brands such as Unilever which provide stock to supermarket chains like Tesco. The biggest loss to come out of Brexit though is that soon European citizens would be refused entry to work or live in the UK without a visa. Prior to #Brexit, citizens from other countries that make up the European Union could come over to live or work in the UK, earning a satisfactory wage for their families.
So, I urge you – as somebody who’s witnessed a shocking result brought on by irresponsible logic – to really think about who you want representing the USA as President. Your vote counts and your voice will be heard. Don’t vote for who think “might lose” as you may end up regretting it and that’s a price your country will have to pay for years to come (until the next election).
All you have to do is research each candidate, their views, beliefs and offerings – choosing the one you think would best benefit you and your country. It’s a matter of opinion, personal opinion. Do you stand with the Democratic or Republican party? Do you want Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump for President? It’s really that simple…
Voting shouldn’t be taken lightly – it’s not a bet. However, if done on a whim, it could become a gamble.
The US’ National Poll will take place on the 7th of November, with results counted and verified thereafter.
Boots‘ new No7 advert is one to watch and remember… If you havent seen it yet, get watching by clicking on the red and white play button above. I mean, let’s face it, you’re going to want to see this because it’s got the World’s leading feminist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, fronting it.
Firstly, as a lady, I’d like to start by saying that even I hate the term “feminism” because it makes it sound as though we, females, put ourselves above the male population. That is not true in the slightest! Feminism, in essence, is about equality; the ability to be equals in society, because right now (and previously) that has sadly not been the case… Women should be allowed to do a “man’s job”. Women should be allowed to receive as much pay as a man earns when working in the same role. Females should not be seen as the inferior gender because there shouldn’t even be an inferior:superior ratio to begin with. Feminism isn’t about “us”, it’s about “equality”. Rant over!
Chimamanda, the Nigerian world-renowned and award-winning author who has appeared on Ted Talks‘ ‘We Should All Be Feminists‘, which featured in Beyoncé’s ‘Flawless‘ track, is the woman that every lady should aspire to be. She is an ambassador for women’s rights and knows all too well the difficulties we face in employment and society in general.
As far as adverts about female empowerment and validation go, this one is by far the strongest. It sends a clear message that us girls don’t need to “not wear makeup” or “hide” our “high heels” to “be taken seriously”. We should be allowed to exist in a society that accepts us because makeup “doesn’t mean anything, it’s just makeup”. You know what (or who) means something? The lady wearing it. She who wears it, how she composes herself, how she carries herself, how she feels, what she says… Makeup is just an enhancement to our natural beauty, it’s nothing more than that. High heels and/or fitted clothes the same…
It saddens me that Chimamanda ever had to stop wearing makeup and high heels in order to get noticed. But, luckily, she “woke up” and realised that in not doing so she was portraying a “false version” of herself. For many of us, makeup and clothes give us confidence. That’s not to say we’re not confident in our skin, we just happen to love make-up and enjoy looking our best.
I’m extremely glad that she is discussing our relationship with makeup because it’s only skin-deep. Society thinks it runs deeper than that, but it really doesn’t. Let it be a known fact that we are not wearing makeup to “impress someone”, we are not wearing makeup to seduce others, we wear it because we want to.
Speaking in her Ted Talk, Adichie said that the word feminist was “so heavy with baggage, negative baggage. You hate men, you hate bras, you hate African culture.” Instead, she said, she wanted to be identified as a “happy African feminist who does not hate men and who likes lip gloss and who wears high heels for herself but not for men”.
“Sadly, women have learnt to be ashamed and apologetic about pursuits that are seen as traditionally female, such as fashion and make-up.
Chimamanda recently shared a 9,000 word speech on Facebook where she described how best to raise a feminist daughter. You can read it in full HERE.
A snippet of it reads: “If she likes make-up let her wear it; if she likes fashion let her dress up. But if she doesn’t like either let her be … Feminism and femininity are not mutually exclusive. It is misogynistic to suggest that they are.
“Sadly, women have learnt to be ashamed and apologetic about pursuits that are seen as traditionally female, such as fashion and make-up.”
During her Ted Talk, Chimamanda also mentioned the pressure of attempting to look less feminine before teaching her first writing class for fear that she wouldn’t be taken seriously.
She said: “I really wanted to wear my shiny lip gloss and my girly skirt but I decided not to.
“Instead I wore a very serious, very manly, and very ugly suit. Because the sad truth is that when it comes to appearance, we start off with men as the standard, as the norm.
“If a man is getting ready for a business meeting, he doesn’t worry about looking too masculine, and therefore not being taken seriously.
“If a woman is getting ready for a business meeting she has to worry about looking too feminine, and what it says, and whether or not it will be taken seriously.”
That is the saddest thing I’ve ever heard… Imagine having to change what you wear for fear of not being listened to? The thought alone is beyond heartbreaking.
When thinking about it, anyone who has ever used the quote: “you can tell a lot about a lady by the way they dress” is being unintentionally sexist, not to mention incorrect. Clothes and makeup are luxuries, they are not necessities. The foundations of life are built on who we are, how we treat people, and the ways in which we act and not which brand of concealer we use. A lady who chooses to dress up and show up is more-often-than-not a lady who has enough time (or makes it) to get ready because she likes taking care of her appearance.
A teacher of mine once said: “if you look good, you feel good and if you feel good, you do good”, never a truer word spoken.
So, ladies, let this advert be a turning point for us in a hope that we begin to be taken seriously with or without makeup on our faces and heels on our feet. Also, this is in no way an advert that’s forcing women to wear makeup. Alicia Keys has rocked the no makeup look for years and we salute her.
Instead, this advert is supposed to empower those that do wear makeup yet feel less worthy than a man who just turns up to work in the same job but gets paid a larger salary or listened to more carefully. It’s also not a dig at men — far from it. Men, you are legends, we love and respect you wholeheartedly. We just want to be seen as equals. We just want there to be no gender inequality, we are one!
I mean, what the heck else was I supposed to say?!
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