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Matching x Nike Blaze Sneakers for Serena William Baby Girl Alexia Olympia

Looks like Serena Williams Baby girl is set to be a sneaker head already with Uncle Virgil making these too cute for words x Nike Blaze in minature size to match  Mama.

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Serena Posted a picture  on her instagram  page @serenawilliams of the oh so cute one of a kind x Nike Blaze sneakers designed and gifted to her baby girl

After defeating Kaia Kenepi Serena spoke to press about her experience coming back to tennis just one year after having her daughter Olympia. The legend is now competing in The US Open her third tournament this year stunning the crowds this time with not just her tennis ability but with her outfits from the ‘Queen’ Collection designed in collaboration with Nike and Off Whites Virgil Abloh.

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In her round 3 press conference, Williams the owner of six US Open Championship titles confesses that despite looking like a magical fairy in her off shoulder tutu style dress. Coming back hasn’t been easy she told press “I think society puts it out there that you’ll just kind of snap back and that’s just a myth,” when asked about her experience on motherhood and the way back to the top of womens tennis she replied “I feel likes it’s important for women to know that it doesn’t happen like that in the Instagram world. But in the real world, it takes a while for your body to come back. Especially after a C-section, I think it takes a little bit longer. And not only that, like mentally and physically and dealing emotionally with providing for a child, it’s a lot that goes into it. And I was just living in this world where I thought it would just automatically come together. Yeah, my dress, I kind of look like a magical fairy, but it’s not happening. So I had to realize and live in reality.”

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Pictured: Serena Williams and her baby daughter Alexis (picture source @serenawilliams on instagram)

 

23 time Grand Slam champion said the black and lavender colorways tutu-style dress is fun to play in calling it “aerodynamic with one free arm”. Controversially Serena’s ‘Wakanda’ inspired catsuit designed by Virgil was banned from French open. The catsuit compression garment was designed to help with blood clots after pregnancy. In 1985 Anne Whites was also asked not to wear her white catsuit. Still, in 2018 the tennis society still isn’t ready to evolve and embrace the female form. Hopefully this tennis inspired fashion fusion will inspire the future of fashion in tennis.

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Pictured: Serena Williams at the French Openm 2018 in her ‘Wakanda’ inspired catsuit designed for her by Off Whites Nigel Abloh (photo source http://www.bbcnews.com

The “QUEEN” Collaboration – Serena Williams, Virgil Abloh x Nike Off White

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Pictured: Serena in Off Shoulder ‘Night Dress’, x Nike Blazer, NikeCourt Flare, Air Max 97 (Photos Source: Nike & http://www.hypebae.com)

Last month Nike announced its team up with Virgil Ablohs’ Off-White and Serena Williams on its exclusive capsule title the “Queen” collection. The range brings together the tennis and fashion worlds in a bold and unique manner. A bomber jacket, dress, two tulle bag and footwear are included in the collaborative offering.

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August 31, 2018 – Serena Williams before her match against Venus Williams at the 2018 US Open.

An official press release from Nike disclosed that collaboration began with discussions back in Paris with Abloh and the Nike Court design team. Discussions were held on a performance dress for Williams to which measurements for a body form design were collected and sent Italy for further exploration on material options. The process continued with the design being sent back to Indian Wells, California where Serena went on to select dress features.

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August 29, 2018 – Serena Williams in action against Carina Witthoeft during the 2018 US Open.

The dresses burst with Abloh design cues and combine the signature word  “LOGO” a branding used in previous Nike colabs and “SERENA”. The text also appears on NikeCourt Flare 2 PE limited additions. The “QUEEN” collection will also feature fresh iterated designs of the Blazer Mid and Air Max  97. The Blazers come in grey and the AM 97’s have been recreated in a bright pink colour. Each sneaker has a standout gradient-inspired detailed midsole.

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“Queen” Collection Air Max 97’s

 

Multifaceted Abloh commented on the Tennis Star: “with Serena, we have one of our generations most powerful, inspiring athletes as the muse. I was trying to embody her spirit and bring something compelling and fresh to tennis. What I love about tennis is the gracefulness. It’s an aggressive and powerful game, but it takes touch and finesse. So the dress is feminine, but combines her aggression.”

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August 29, 2018 – Serena Williams in action against Carina Witthoeft at the 2018 US Open.

Williams is currently debuting the “QUEEN” collection during the 50th Anniversary of the U.S Open. The Virgil Abloh x Nike for Serena Williams dress in “Day” and “Night” is priced at £500 and the jacket at £900. The Off-WhiteTM NikeCourt Flare and The Ten: Nike Air Max 97 are available for £190. Finally, The Ten: Nike Blazer comes at £130. Release dates still to be released. Stay tuned and get ready to purchase your “QUEEN” collection from select Nike stockists and  Nike.com

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August 31, 2018 – Serena Williams in action against Venus Williams during the 2018 US Open (photo source: http://www.usopen.org)

We are defo fans of this dynamic collabs creations. Can’t to see them out and about on the streets of LONDON!

Claudia Jones, Feminist and Activist – ‘The Mother of Notting Hill Carnival’

 

Claudia Jones, also known as the ‘Mother of Notting Hill Carnival’ was the founder of  the ‘The West Indian Gazette’ Britains’ first black weekly newspaper. This talented woman was a feminist, political activist, community leader, black nationalist, communist and journalist. In the first half of the 20th Century she was able to used her political affiliations as a multifaceted approach to the ongoing During the struggle for equal rights in the 20th entry she used a multifaceted approach and her political affiliations to fight for equality for women and black people in both the UK and America.

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Claudia Jones pictured at her desk as the Chief Editor of the first black news paper in Britain the ‘west Indian Gazette’ (photo credit: The Markist-Leninist-WordPress.com)

Born in 1915 in Belmont, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad she and her family moved to New York, Harlem as many did in search of a work and better life. She attended school in the states but her education was cut short due to a Tuberculosis infections which damaged her lungs and left her with severe heart disease which would plague for the duration of her life.

New York would be Claudias’ home for over 30 years where she became part of political activism as a member of the American Communist Party.  She used her community leadership skills and journalistic capacity to help the black community and become the editor of Negro Affairs to the parties paper ‘The Daily Worker’ becoming an accomplished voice advocating Civil and Human Rights. Her best know writing appeared in the ‘Political Affairs Magazine’ titled ‘An End to the Neglect of the Problems of the Negro Women!” This piece of writing created what is now known as  ‘intersectionality’ – an anaylsis of a marxist framework.

 

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Jones identifies with black oppression of black women know as triple oppression (Photos Credit:www. azquotes.com)

 

In 1955 she was deported for her political activism. Because she came from a Trinidad a Commonwealth country she was given asylum in England where she spent the rest of her life working with and fighting for equal opportunities for the African-Caribbean community in London.

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Claudia Blue Plague is located on the Corner of Tavistock Road and Portobello Road in Nottinghill West London (Photo Credit: http://www.culturetrip.com)

 

This ladies commitment and to the black community despite illness and financial problems was unfaltering. Her lasting legacy is unquestionably s one of the founders of Notting Hill Carnival which she participated in launching in defiance of the race riots occurring in the London at the time. The carnival helped  to showcase Caribbean talent and community together in unity of expression. Early celebrations of the Carnival were first held indoors personified with the slogan ‘A people’s art is the genesis of their freedom’. In 1966 the Carnival took to the streets of Notting Hill which Muhammad Ali attended. The annual event is still eagerly anticipated and welcomed every year by the black community in London. May her legacy live on in all of us as we continue to celebrate our greatness and break the shackles of oppression together.

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‘Part of the Parade’ Ladies dressed in Carnival Outfits at Notting Hill Carnival 2018 (Photo Source: Sky News)

The True Meaning of Notting Hill Carnival – The Windrush Race Riots 1958

In the 1950’s Notting Hill was not the stomping ground of the rich as it is today. Back then it was an area of slum housing, poverty and high crime where many gypsy and poor people lived. In 1958 the Conservative government in power promoted open immigration from the Caribbean to fill the shortage of workforce in the country due to many men being killed or injured in the World War 2. Many Londoners also did not want the low paid menial jobs on offer from public companies like Royal Mail or London Transport and neither did they want to live in derelict London and so moved out to new housing in areas like Essex.

 

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HMT Empire Windrsuh Source: http://www.theweek.co.uk

Londons’ new workforce disgruntled many white Londoners’ at the time and West London areas such as Ladbroke Grove, Paddington and Notting Hill erupted in race riots. Cover ups by both the Home Office and Scotland Yard led to a lack of confidence in the police who had made false claims that the rioting was not about race. Years later police testimonies revealed this to be untrue. Constable Richard Bedford said he had seen a mob of over 300 to 400 white people shouting “We will kill all black bastards. Why don’t you send them home?” Another constable by the name of McQueen said that on the same night he was told “Mind your own business coppers. Keep out of it. We will settle these nigers our way. We’ll murder the bastards”. This caused distrust blacks to distrust the police. A distrust which is still present today. Further Reading can be found on the riots that reveal hidden information on the 5 nights of terrorism in Notting Hill that year.

 

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Ladbroke Grove in Notting Hill 1958 (Picture Source: http://www.mynottinghillcarnival.com)

After World War 2 the number of Caribbean migrant residents settling in London during what is known as the Windrush period was estimated at over 100,000 by 1961. Many Landlords would not rent to black families, with the  slogans ‘no blacks, no Irish, no dogs’ written on doors of many establishments. Infamous landlords such Rachman bought many derelict properties in the area and decided he would only rent his substandard properties damaged in WW2 to blacks and Irish; who would group together and share housing and then invest in their own properties. There were often 2 or 3 families sharing one house.

Work was getting scarce for whites and in those days there was no social security, free health service or benefits. Financial pressure and ignorance bought about hostility toward the Caribbean community from the working class, ‘Teddy Boys’ and fascist right wing groups stirred up conflict in the area distributing anti-immigration leaflets. People such as Sir Oswald Mosley and his British Union Movement and ‘White Defence League’ held ‘Keep Britain White’ street meetings in protest against immigration, harassing black people and homeowners.

 

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Oswald Mosley Picture Source: Getty Images

By 1958 unrest was brewing in the Notting Hill area and gangs of Teddy Boys took it on themselves to attack any Caribbean shops or business as  violence towards black people in the country continued to get out of hand. Two incidents on the 24 August in Shepherds Bush and Notting Hill left several black men injured and in hospital after they were attacked by a group of white youth’s intent on harming with weapons such as iron bars and knives.

Just a few days later things took an even worse turn and riots broke out in West London. On 29 August 1958 a married couple, Jamaican husband Raymond and his white Swedish wife were having an argument near Latimer Road tube station.  The argument escalated as crowds involved themselves. Shortly after 400 white men gathered together as a lynch mob and pursued any Caribbean resident. Backed against the wall Blacks had no choice but to join forces to defend themselves against the attacks on their person and homes.

All hell broke loose as weapons including glass bottles and petrol bombs were thrown at innocent West-Indian residents. Clashes continued each night until finally the police took control and arrested 140 people of who were mainly white and some blacks who had armed themselves in defence. Morrison later went on to write an autobiographical book, Jungle West 11 (Tandem Books, London 1964) were she describes what happened that day.

 

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Mixed Couple in the 1950’s Source: http://www.collections.vam.ac.uk

As an act of solidarity and defiance in response to the racist attacks 5 months later in January 1959 the first carnival was held in central London at St Pancras town hall as an inside event. Organisers of the event included Claudia Jones amongst others and in 1965 Notting Hill Carnival became an annual outdoor parade.

 

However despite this, tensions from the riot  were still evident and in the month of May 1959 Antiguan Carpenter Kelso Cochrane was set upon by a gang of white men on his way home from Paddington General Hospital after breaking his thumb at work. He was stabbed through the heart with a Stiletto knife and died in Kensal Rise (known as Kensal New town back then). The murder marked a social turning point and over 1,200 people both black and white attended his funeral. Shortly after in the same year Oswald Mosley head of  the ‘British defence league’ lost his place as the leader of the ‘British Union Movement’.

 

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Innocent victim of Race Riot Terrorism Kelso Cochrane (1926-1959)

 

Cochrane was the Stephan Laurence of his day as his murderers were never convicted. A journalist named Mark Olden wrote a book called ‘Murder in Notting Hill’ uncovering the murderer as 20 year old Patrick Digby who was tried in Court but cleared. His step daughter in an interview with Olden described Digby as an “over the top racist’ and admitted to the Olden that she had accused her stepfather of murdering Cochrane to which he replied “yeah, so what if i did. You can’t prove nothing”.

 

Carnival is still an event that most people of colour look forward to celebrating every year. In 2018 what we need to remember is that many of our Grandparents came to the UK from commonwealth countries with British passports and had helped to build the country into what it was and what it is today. We should never forget those that came before us and that Notting Hill Carnival  is in fact a  celebration of what those that came before us went through for us to be here today.

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Muhummad Ali attends 1966 Notting Hill Carnival (Photo Source: http://www.standard.co.uk)

Aretha Franklin (1942-2018) The Lady of Soul, Feminist, Civil Rights Activist & Symbol of Black Equality

“I didn’t think my songs would become anthems for women. But I’m delighted. Women probably immediately feel compassion and relate to the lyrics. We can all learn a little something from each other, so whatever people can take and be inspired by where my music is concerned is great,” – Aretha Franklin on Respect and Natural Women for Time in 2017.

 

 

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The “Voice of black America” Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin sadly died yesterday in her Detroit home surrounded by friends and family. The cause of death being reported pancreatic cancer.

The 76 year old ‘lady soul’ was arguably the greatest singer in living memory and will go down in history as courageous figure of social change. She set the bar for passionate soul music in the late 60’s and early 70’s with her glorious roof-lifting performances of some of her hit tracks ‘respect’, ‘say a little prayer’, ‘natural women’ and ‘Spanish Harlem’. She became and icon for the civil rights movement and feminism; becoming the voice for the oppressed during this period of struggle. Her energetic calls for understanding and respect bought attention to the movement. With over one hundred US Billboard Chart hits she became a symbol of aspiration and hope for many.

In 2015 Barack Obama said that when Aretha sings “American history wells up……”Nobody embodies more fully the connection between the African-American spiritual, the blues, R&B, rock and roll – the way that hardship and sorrow were transformed into something full of beauty and vitality and hope.”

Aretha was born to a preacher father and singer pianist mother on 25 March 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee. She was christened Aretha Louise Franklin. Her love of music began early on in her life. At age 10 she started singing in church sand also learned to play piano by ear.

In her younger years her family relocated to various locations and eventually her parents separated with her mother also dying at a young age. Her father was a talented musician often called “the man with the million-dollar voice” and would make substantial amount of money performing at various churches where he received visits from the likes, of Martin Luther King Jr, Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson. He became Aretha’s manager when she was 14 and was also the father of her first child which she gave birth to at tender age of 12. She named the child after her father Clarence. Clarence Franklin Senior helped to get Aretha signed to JVB records and released debut album ‘Songs of Faith’ in 1956. At age 18 she was highly sought after by various record labels but in 1960 settled with Columbia in 1960.

“I guess most people call it soul. This is something I got from growing up in my father’s [The Reverend C. L. Franklin] church, singing with him and hearing his sermons every Sunday. You hear him preach just one sermon and you’ll know that he’s a past master of soul,” – Aretha on her fathers influence on her music Ebony 1964

Whilst at Columbia Franklin had a string of US chart topping hits with a cover of ‘Rock-A-Bye your baby with a dixie melody’ which hit the billboard top 40 in 1961. In early 1967 she released her first big hit ‘I never loved a man (the way that I love you)’ and ‘Respect’, with ‘Respect’ becoming her first number one in the US and the anthem of the civil rights movements and feminists. The magical working relationship with producer Jerry Wexler produced her first string of albums– ‘I never loved a man the way I love you’, ‘Lady soul’ and ‘Aretha now’ which produced legendary hits, ‘Think’ (‘You make me feel’), ‘A natural women’ and ‘Chain of Fools’. Her impact at the time was powerful and she appeared on the cover of Time magazine and Martin Luther King Jr gave her a very own day of honor.

“It’s the rough side of the mountain that’s the easiest to climb; the smooth side doesn’t have anything for you to hang on to,” – Aretha Franklin for  Ebony in 1964

Franklins career continued to grow and in the early 1970’s she released ‘Amazing Grace’ a gospel album that produced sold over 2 million copies. She went on to head line the San Francisco’s Filmore West venue- the first R&B singer to ever do so.  In the late 70’s Arethas career started to decline and so in 1980 she moved to Arista and produced popular hits such  as ‘Who’s Zoomin’ Who?’ and ‘Freeway of Love’. Collaborating with the Eurythmics on ‘Sisters are ‘doing it for themselves’ and George Michael on ‘I knew you were waiting for me’. Aretha stayed with Arist for over 20 years, establishing herself as the grand dame of soul music. In 2004 she left the label but continued to make appearances at the Superbowl in 2006; at the inauguration of President obama’s inauguration and at an honor ceremony for held at the Kennedy Centre for Carole King.

“We didn’t have music videos. You weren’t an overnight sensation. You had to work at it and learn your craft; how to take care of your voice, how to pace your concerts, all that trial and error, I paid my dues, I certainly did” – Aretha Franklin told Elle Magazine

The love life of Aretha Franklin was often turbulent, and she was married twice. Firstly to Theodore White in 1969 at age 19. She later got divorced on grounds of domestic violence. Glynn Turman would be her second husband for 6 years and in 2012 she called off her engagement to Willie Wilkerson.

“Falling out of love is like losing weight,” she said toin 2011. “It’s a lot easier putting it on than taking it off.” – Aretha Franklin speaks on Love to  The Independent  in 2011

It was known that Franklin battelled with addiction to cigarettes and alcohol -health problems relating to an undisclosed tumor saw her cancel shows in 2012 so she could have surgery. Many of her shows were often cancelled due to health reason and at a show in Detroit in 2017 she asked her fans “to keep me in your prayers”.

“As women, we do have it. We have the power. We are very resourceful. Women absolutely deserve respect. I think women and children and older people are the three least-respected groups in our society.”– Aretha for  Elle 2016

 

With over 20 top R&B Hits, 75 Million records sold worldwide, 18 Grammy Awards and the first female ever to get a place on the Rock and Roll  Walk of Fame; Aretha Franklin will forever be known as one of the greatest musical legends of all time for her incredible achievements both in and out of the recording studio.

A New Direction for Feminism? ♀️

‘In less than a decade women are set to become the more powerful gender in society. This will come as a result of more women attaining college degrees and so taking higher paid jobs. Men are much more likely to experience prison, homelessness being sued and suicide.’ – Author

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Art by: Fredrick Ruddum

Throughout history men have been given dominance over women in many societies, cultures and religions using a social system called patriarchy. Patriarchy is a male chauvinistic social system where authority and privilege is given to males over women. In such systems men hold the primary power and authority politically, morally, socially, economically and legally. In a family situation men or fathers are seen to be the rulers of women and children.

Women have often been written out or excluded from history by its writers and the domination of men over women is seen to go back as far as 3100BCE in Ancient times in the Near East or with the introduction of the Hebrews where women are left out the covenant of God and humanity.

The works of Greek philosophers Aristotle (384-322BC) influenced almost all forms of knowledge after Africa and gave the impression that men were more superior morally physically and intellectually than women. It was thought that females were the property of men. Seeing male domination over women as the natural and right thing to do. A woman’s role in society was mainly to serve men in the household and bear children.The Standard Sociological Theory defines patriarchy as ‘sociological constructions that are passed down from generation to generation’. Evidence can be found of such constructions being used in societies with traditional cultures and less economic development. However, examples of gender appropriation and gender favoritism can be seen today in institutions, families, and mass media.

After 3 waves of sociological revolution which started during the late 19th to 20th century, 1970s-80’s and 1990’s-2000’s. A feminism hysteria arose and the message of equal rights for women took over. Patriarchy is defined by The Feminist Legal Theory as “an unjust social system that enforces gender roles and is oppressive to both men and women.” This quite often takes into consideration any social mechanism that predominantly suggests women should be dominated by men.

Lets not get it twisted, patriarchy has been ingrained in many of us. The ideology is acted upon not only by men but by women also who see themselves and every other women as less than our male counterparts as result of such a system over centuries.

The invention of Feminism bought about the studies of gender and women but people are getting fed up of some feminist groups only emphasizing the suffrage of women. After all shouldn’t a study of gender be about both sexes?

Feminism has come a long way within the last 20 years, but it would be right to say that men have undoubtedly held dominance in society over women. All with the sense of entitlement encouraged by a chauvinistic patriarchal system.

The widespread message of equality and justice for women driven by feminists has seen women rise to the top of the sociological chain. Although the concept of equality has yet to be fully grasped, none the less we have come a long way from where we began.

Negatively, feminism can often come across as one sided and being all for women. The change for women has been remarkable and is truly wonderful but with such big changes in such a short time the impact upon men should not and cannot be ignored.  Such sudden changes can bring a sense of loss of identity and role in society, low self-esteem, depression, anger and resentment therefore having a confusing and negative psychological impact on a person. With no official support mechanisms put in place, we must not forget that men also have needs and as mothers of men we cannot ignore these needs.

Men also have feelings as women do. So it’s important that we get rid of the patriarchal notion that men do not feel because they are more powerful and that women are weaker and more vulnerable and in need of support. If we want to be seen as equal and play a productive role as positive members of society, we must except men as we do ourselves. Creating systematic sexism in the name of feminism takes away the true objective of feminism and its meaning; which stands for ‘Equality’ and not simply getting as much as possible for women only. Why should one gender be considered more superior than the other? Shouldn’t we all have the same opportunities in life. Can’t both sexes be considered dominant for their own individual qualities?

 

Cultivating Equal Rights

We live in a world that is not fair and it is only we that can change it. Women have had many issues with gender roles but some feminists promote fairness whilst at the same time reinforcing stereo types between men and women which is a major problem. Women are often given a free pass or some sort of special treatment which alleviates equality and places superiority over the her in society.

I believe that feminism rightly came about first as a voice for women’s rights as we had little to none some less than 100 years ago. It is still a fact that many women still suffer inequality and prejudice on a daily basis at home, work and in society. But feminism in practice has not been about quality for the genders. With such triumphant changes still taking place isn’t it now time to cultivate a movement both in practice and theory which recognises both sexes as equal without one needing to hold dominance over the other?

Camille Anna Paglia an American academic and social critic sums up feminisms obvious contradiction in this statement, “You go out in the street; most women on the street have contempt for feminists. Why? Its because of the excesses of feminism.” What she means to say is that most feminists focus very little on equality for both males and females.

Feminism or the word feminist has become ambiguous to women who disagree with feminism- who are often accused of being brainwashed by old patriarchy stereotypes and ways. Hanna Rosin an American writer and author comments “the closer women get to real power, the more they cling to the idea that they are powerless”.

Slander and a misrepresentation of what feminism really is has led to the movement transgressing. Back in the days feminist victories were celebrated with joy and unity but now many of us are looked at as traitors and home wreckers.

It seems hard for some feminists to admit that only a small number of men even have power and in fact too many are living in conditions most women can only imagine. Some feminist driven laws and social systems have severely impacted the average working-class man, so it’s not surprising that they are angry at being constantly attacked and demeaned by feminists in the media.

On a level playing field in most cases it shouldn’t be necessary to take rights away from one to give to another.  Whilst feminism has seen the careers and incomes of women grow dramatically; it has also systemized marriage in a way that has taken away nearly all the rights of men, leaving some in severe debt and in slavery to their ex-spouse.  High earning women are never really made to pay significant alimony in divorce cases, whilst men are always made to pay, meaning that the legal system has not evolved to protect the rights of both men and women properly.

Some feminists will argue “that’s what men get for the years of oppression they have put us through”. Others will simply choose to ignore it completely. Either approach to this situation is morally repulsive and will only lead to separation and widespread anger from males. Lest we forget what angry unemployed men are capable of in lesson learnt from WW2.

In less than a decade women are set to become the more powerful gender in society. This will come as a result of more women attaining college degrees and so taking higher paid jobs. Men are much more likely to experience prison, homelessness being sued and suicide.

 

Taking Positive Action

The problems faced by modern men should not be overlooked by the New Age feminist. By the looks of things patriarchy is holding on by a single thread. This does not mean that we shouldn’t continue to develop and grow in support of identifying and abolishing the sexist issues women still face but we should also offer some of our support to men that are being left behind and disregarded. After all, men are our opposite counterparts and our generic members in society. I think we should support not neglect them; for it’s well known that the current educational environment is one of toxicity for boys who often do not complete high school or college. Let’s be honest, in the future, do we need any more uneducated ignorant and angry boys growing into misogynist men blaming feminism for their disposition in life? The powers that be would gladly let feminism take the blame for its negative contribution of patriarchal delusion on the minds of young boys and men. If we allow that to happen it would defeat the progress made and the entire objective of continuing to fly the flag of equality. Feminism, if we are not careful will get the blame for all wrong doing (as women have been subjected to throughout history) against man which would only lead to more division, resentment and even war.

The reality of it all is that most men do not have it any better off than women do. This fact is too often being ignored. It is time for the feminist movement to move more towards fighting for equal rights of all and not just women. If we continue to perpetuate the supremacy of one sex over the other a cycle of hatred bitterness and separation will continue to echo on to the same old miserable tune.

It’s time to dig deep and recognise that the inner mechanisms of ‘equality’ and ‘justice’ do not externally match up to what is necessarily right. Society needs to recognise that feminism is no longer just about ‘womens rights’ over ‘male privilege’.  It’s about Human Rights for all! Together we rise!

Are we living in an age of Rape Culture?

Analysis from 2018 UK Crime Survey Says a bare minimum of 1 out of every 5 women have suffered Sexual Assault with police records rising as much 50% since 2005.

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The latest report from Crime Survey England and Wales says at bare minimum everyone out five women has experienced some type of sexual assault.

Findings released show that more than 510,000, around 3.1% of all women between the ages of 16-59 had experienced some type of sexual assault in the last year. and Females are 5 times more likely to experience unwanted touching or indecent exposure then males.

The Crime Survey used by the Office for National Statistics said that little change had occurred since a report back in 2005 and that as much as 80% of sexual assault incidents were not reported to the police by the victims. However police records say Crimes to do with sexual assault have doubled since then.

The annual report from the ONS on Violent crime shows that people aged 16-24 are nine times more likely to die from knife crime. This is the highest number over the last nine years since 2008-9. There were 61 fatal stabbings in the year up until March 2017.

They also estimated that in the past year 7.5% (1.2 million) of women and 4.3% (713,000) have been subjected to some type of domestic within the past year. Furthermore, the report shows that an estimated 26% (4.3 million) women and 15% (2.4 million) men had gone through some type of domestic abuse from the age of 16.

More results from the analysis estimated that over 443,000 women had at least experienced one occasion of sexual assault which involved indecent exposure or some form of unwanted touching in the 12 months leading up to March 2017. It is estimated that 144,000 experienced rape, assault by penetration or attempted rape.

Findings from the crime survey show that up 138,000 men had experienced sexual assault of some type within the last year and 646,000 had encountered sexual assault of some kind from the age of 16. There were more instances which involved unwanted sexual gestures such as indecent exposure and touching than there were rape or assault by penetration.

 

These figures were publicized after the highly publicized and numerous sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein and other high profile individuals. They show that women are much more at risk of sexual assault then men.

Lower than 4% of men have been the victims of sexual assault in their adult years. This means that females have a 5% more chance of encountering this crime.

Figures recorded by the police show that the number of sexual offences reported in the year up to March 2017 were 121,187. This is representative of an increase of 14% in the number of sexual offences the police recorded previously. The ONS says the increase is a result of an improvement in how they record reports. However a very high number of cases go under-reported.

The Guardian reported “The ONS said the crime survey is its preferred measure of trends in the prevalence of violent crime as it is unaffected by changes in police practices, recording practices or the willingness of victims to report attacks

Statistically there was no significant changes from the estimated 1.2m incidents of violent crime for the year ending March 2017 from the previous one. However, police records on homicide figures covered by the crime survey show 709 killings which is an 8% rise in.

Half of women murdered last year in homicide cases (82 women) were killed by their spouse, partner or ex-partner. Whilst only 3% of men killed in homicide cases were murdered by their significant other half or ex-partner.

John Flatley, a representative of the ONS said “The data shows the complexity of measuring crime in all its different forms. Even offences under the heading of violence ‘vary enormously, from minor assaults such as pushing and shoving to homicide. We need to be careful that our perceptions and understanding of crime levels are shaped by appropriate data, and not overgeneralized.”

Analysts say that the two main sources of figures of criminal data come from Police-recorded crime data and the crime Survey. The experts say that the two sources often suggest different numbers and trends and that careful consideration should be made when being used to draw answers.

Source: News Agencies

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