Archive | June 2014

#likeagirl

#Likeagirl

This ad is doing the rounds on the web at the moment. Incase you’ve missed it: Being told that you do something like a girl is widely seen as an insult but at what point does it become an insult? This video contrasts the adolescent/adult perception and the child’s perception of what doing things like a girl looks like.

This was made by filmmaker Lauren Greenfield and feminine beauty brand Always (an arm of Proctor & Gamble). #likeagirl on twitter.

I’m writing like a girl. Because i am one. And this is what it looks like.

-S.

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Football Season

Football Season UK based photographer Mandy Barker’s Penalty highlights plastic polluting the world’s oceans. 769 debris footballs from 41 different countries around the world are used in her works and each ball recorded as to where it had come from. Her collection was helped by about 90 members of the public after using social media […]

Friendly Twist

I’ve focused quite a lot recently on how bad advertising is so what about good advertising? I’m going to kick start with some globalisation. Coca Cola came up with un-openable caps and put them on their bottles which were distributed around a uni campus.

This was to promote conversation and was a ‘breaking the ice’ activity for students starting university with the only way to open the bottle was to open it with another bottle.

Let’s twist again.

-S.

Perks of traveling alone

Here is my top 10 list of perks.

1. You can enjoy getting lost in the streets. You have all the time in the world, can pick which streets to go down and stop to look at things without having to worry if the other person is enjoying themselves or hurrying you along.

2. You can have whatever you want to eat whenever you want. Cake for dinner? yes please.

3. You can take as long (or short) as you want in museums. If you’re the type of person who likes to read every placard under every painting, go right ahead. If you’re the type of person who walks in and out of galleries in under 2 minutes, go right ahead.

4. You don’t have to have the “what do you want to eat?” conversation with someone before every meal. But may have this with yourself.

5. You’re more likely to make more friends. This depends on many things and circumstances but you’re forced to become more open once you start craving social interaction.

6. You get a whole large bed to yourself. If you’re lucky.

7. You can walk around naked or in your underwear and not have to worry. 110% comfort.

8. You can have a whole dish of dessert to yourself.

9. People might be more inclined to help you. You’re less threatening or people are just nice regardless of whether you’re traveling alone or not.

10. Lots of me time. You get more and more comfortable with yourself.

Any other perks?

-S.

The mask you live in

The Mask You Live In

I had previously written about director Jennifer Siebal Newsom and her Miss Representation film. This amazing lady is also the brain behind The Mask You Live In, which looks at how the media is failing boys and men.

The need to be “manly” and crying shows weakness are what have been floating around society for eons but how is this impacting on the men of tomorrow? What is being defined as masculinity today?

With much attention solely focused on how women are presented and how this affects them, I think it’s great that a spotlight is also shone on how men are affected because they are.

The film is due to be released at some point later this year so keep your eyes and ears peeled! Although it probably won’t reach Aus for about 10 years.

-S.

I want to ride my bicycle

I want to ride my bicycle.

Due to increasing levels of pollution in Paris, the French Government earlier this year imposed bans on driving by having only odd or even number plated cars allowed on roads on certain days. Exceptions were of course, granted for taxi’s, hydbrid cars and any car carrying more than 3 passengers.

And now France has added it’s name to the list of European countries who are paying workers to ride bikes to work in order to reduce pollution, increase health and cut fossil fuel consumption. Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands and Britain already have these schemes in place.

Denmark and in particular it’s capital city- Copenhagen, is an example on how cycling can still be a convenient and hassle free way to travel by their extensive bike lanes (which are seperated from the cars) and the promotion of cycling and cyclists in positive campaigns. On a side note, cycling in Denmark goes back a few decades and is very much instilled in their way of life. 

Here are some of the stats for 2012:

– About 52% of Copenhagen residents cycle to work or place of education everyday.

– For the ~550,000 inhabitants of Copenhagen, there are 650,000 bikes and 125,000 cars which works out to be 5.2 bikes per car.

Will these other countries succeed in their missions for cleaner air and residents willing to cycle? Only time will tell.

From the lady still reminiscing about my beaded bike spokes from my younger days,
-S.

Picture: This pic was suppose to be an early morning bike lane picture but I didn’t focus it properly but it turned out to be an awesome picture anyway. If you can get a window seat at a cafe with a busy bike lane in front, it’s the best people watching you can do. Very well dressed, business suits and heels are all on bikes. And they look every bit the glamour.

First semi-couch surfing experience

First semi-couch surfing experience. For those who don’t know, couchsurfing is all about fostering international exchange by having the opportunity to meet and stay with locals when traveling. You can surf, open up your couch and host surfers or attend events in your city organised by other local couchsurfers. The whole essence is to share […]

A Pep Talk

A Pep Talk

I love this video from Robby otherwise known as the Kid President on the youtube channel SoulPancake.

I forget about the good things in life a lot of the time sometimes when I’m getting bogged down by the daily grind and get upset about news I see, hear and read. So I’m glad this pep talk exists and from reading the comments on the youtube video site, so do a lot of other people. And yes, I have watched this pep talk a few times when I need a pep talk to pull myself together.

I think the message is clearer when a 9 year old kid gives you the pep talk about the simple things in life that we as semi-adults/adults can lose sight off as the paperwork gets in the way.

“ The world needs you, stop being boring” is how the video starts. I hope by the end, you are as inspired as I am and spread some awesomeness around however big or small.

From someone trying to be gooder through this blog,
-S.

Brandalism

Brandalism Taking over advertising space one at a time, Brandalism is a revolt against corporate advertising with the understanding that community areas should be a site of communication for the community only. Recently, over 2 days, 365 advertising spaces were taken over to show the work of 40 international artists in 10 cities across the […]

Miss Representation

Miss Representation

Directed and written by Jennifer Siebal Newsom, Miss Representation explores how women are under represented in mainstream media in positions of power in America and instead how women are portrayed, sending the message to men and women that the value of women lie in her appearence and not in intelligence and her capacity to be a leader.

I had the opportunity to see this film with a friend last year in Sydney and is something I think should be screened in schools and if you get the opportunity to see it- is a great film. It was one of those things that gave me chills as I was watching because it reflects EXACTLY what society is. Media reaches so many citizens and their content shapes society and what their values and ideals are. This film will show you exactly what that is. You know that change is needed when the media focus on the appearence of very high female politicians in a way that ridicules them than on what they actually stand for and I would rather this not be the norm.

Featuring in this film are some of the most inspirational women around- 66th US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, 60th US Speaker in the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, American TV Journalist and News anchor Katie Couric, TV Host Rachel Maddow, Comedian Margaret Cho and Actress Rosario Dawson to name a few.

If you think that women and girls deserve better representation in the media, chat with friends about it and keep an mindful eye out for media that is portraying women incorrectly and/or correctly (have to look at 2 sides here) and say something about it. I’ll be blogging more about these later.

There is a male equivalent film coming out some time this year called The Mask You Live In, which I will blog about next week!

-S.