Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Females that Inspire Me

Let's talk women. And drag queens!

Since its International Women's Day, I couldn't go without writing about some of my favourite women on the planet. However, some of my favourite women only identify as women in spirit! It is important to recognise that not all women have vaginas.

Here are some queens and queens that I respect so damn much, in no particular order.

1. Ellen DeGeneres: because she's Ellen, and she never fails to make me laugh.



2. Michelle Obama: BECAUSE SHE IS MICHELLE OBAMA. Not "Obama's wife". Michelle Obama. In her own right.



3. Michelle Visage: another Michelle. Fierce supporter of the LGBT+ community and a feminist forever.



4. Bianca Del Rio: one of the hardest working drag queens and her talent is enough to stun you into silence (or non-stop laughter).



5. Katya Zamolodchikova: one of my all time favourite drag queens. She is crazy and creative and her character is a stroke of genius.




6. RuPaul Charles: MAMA RU! The queen of all queens. Made drag what it is today and created a platform for LGBT+ voices to be heard.



7. Adore Delano: her Twitter feed makes me think about life and she is SO TALENTED.



8. Holly Bourne: her books are like feminist bibles. Always consult them for your equality needs.



9. Keris Stainton: an all-round fabulous woman and is, like mothers generally, always right.



10. Ruby Tandoh: Bake-Off star and writer in her own right. An incredibly insightful person.



11. Kate McKinnon: one of my favourite human beings on this planet. Talent runs through her veins, not blood.



12. Sarah Schneider: a writer for SNL who helps to create the funniest sketches on television.



13. Juno Dawson: amazing author-y human being, who deserves all of the success in the world.



Who inspires you?

Let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Girling Up by Mayim Bialik

Photo courtesy of Amazon.com

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly spot hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine and is meant to showcase the books that a blogger is anticipating in the next couple of months. Today I'm going to be talking about Girling Up by Mayim Bialik.


INFORMATION

Title: Girling Up: how to be Strong, Smart, and Spectacular
Author: Mayim Bialik 
Page Count: 192
Publisher: Philomel Books
Release Date: 1st July 2017

Format Available: Hardcover, Kindle, Audio CD
Original Language: English
Genre: Young Adult Lifestyle 



DESCRIPTION

Mayim Bialik, star of The Big Bang Theory, puts her Ph.D. to work as she talks to teens about the science of growing up and getting ahead. A must-have book for all teenage girls. 

Growing up as a girl in today's world is no easy task. Juggling family, friends, romantic relationships, social interests and school sometimes it feels like you might need to be a superhero to get through it all! But really, all you need is little information. 


Want to know why your stomach does a flip-flop when you run into your crush in the hallway? Or how the food you put in your body now will affect you in the future? What about the best ways to stop freaking out about your next math test? 


Using scientific facts, personal anecdotes, and wisdom gained from the world around us, Mayim Bialik, the star of The Big Bang Theory, shares what she has learned from her life and her many years studying neuroscience to tell you how you grow from a girl to a woman biologically, psychologically and sociologically. 


Want to be strong? Want to be smart? Want to be spectacular? You can! Start by reading this book.


Why I can't wait


If anyone has read my blog from the early days, I used to describe myself as having "a totally non-creepy girl crush on Mayim Bialik".  And even though four years have gone by, that statement still stands.

Mayim was a huge inspiration for me as a teenager. She managed to have a career in show business as well as juggling her education, even going on to complete a PhD, and she continues to educate young people in her spare time when she isn't Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory. Being a woman in science isn't easy, but Mayim has paved the way for changing the game for women in STEM subjects. 

I think Mayim is such a modern feminist icon, and it is worth buying this book just to hear her insights on how to grow up a woman in your own way. I would have killed for this book when I was younger, because Mayim was a real influence on me when it came to chasing my dreams and finding the motivation to carry on when I had nothing left in me. 

I know I'll be checking this book out, so will you check it out too?

Leave me a comment and let me know!


Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Living a Perpetually Lonely Life

The truth of the matter is this; I love doing things alone.

But that is not the same as doing things lonely.

I am a loner by nature, and that sits really well with me. It makes me really happy to go to dinner alone, go shopping alone, go and see and film by myself, or go to gigs by myself. Just yesterday I went to see Bianca Del Rio, a drag queen, perform her one woman comedy show by myself. I had purposely bought one single ticket, and sat between strangers as I watched her. It makes me feel independent and I don't have to answer anyone - so no one questions my choices on what I eat, wear, and watch. 

Most of the time, this really works for me. I have friends who I spend a lot of time with and I find it really healthy to spend some time alone in order to be self-reflective and to better myself as a human being. But there are often times when I feel loneliness.

Loneliness, for me, feels like a depression in the pit of my stomach. And the catch is that I don't even have to be alone when I feel this loneliness. Sometimes, when I am with company, there is an element of the situation that makes me feel different and detached from the people I am in the company of and the places I reside. You see snapshots of an alternate realm in which everyone is happy and fulfilled except for you. And no matter how much you attempt to participate, sometimes it is worthless. Some days, social interaction brings no satisfaction to the loneliness you are burdened with.

I am learning to love the company of others every single day. From a young age I was lonely in school and other outside activities, so I grew up with a comfortableness in the presence of my self. Nothing would make me happier than jumping on a plane and exploring the world as a solo gig. However, there is always a part of me that wishes I could share the cool things I experience with another person.

Don't get me wrong - this is not me whining about being alone on Valentine's Day and still being bitter about it the day afterwards. If anyone has been reading my blog since the beginning, you will know only too well that I have never been a 'relationship person'. Work comes first. Always. 

I guess what I'm trying to say is that it would be cool to have another human to share things with. I have a best friend, I have friends, and I have colleagues. But sometimes you need a human. You know? I don't know how else to describe it. They don't have to be a romantic partner, but someone who you can enjoy the sensory nature of the external world with. 

Okay, that got a bit too philosophical a bit too quickly. But to conclude this pointless post, it is completely and utterly fine to do most things alone. There is only a problem when you become lonely

And how do you find a human? You can probably answer that better than I can. But I think you'll know the human when you see them.