The effects of Social Media on teenage girls

the effects of social media on teenage girlsRecently a friend of mine who has a wonderful blog questioned her self worth in line with her blog value. It reminded me of Essena O’Neill’s sudden departure from social media and the influence social media holds over teenagers, specifically girls.

In regards to Essena O’Neill I’ve seen many people create an argument for pro-Essena or pro-social media. However I don’t believe it is that simple.

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The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Book cover of The 5th Wave

The 5th Wave is set in the midst of an alien takeover. This is something I was excited about because I am tiring a little reading about zombie apocalypses. The takeover is done in four waves and we start following Cassie, a teenager who has lost her parents in the first waves, as she runs from and is wondering what the fifth wave will entail. Most of the human population has been wiped out and the aliens are targeting the remaining. Her brother was taken away by the army and she promised him that she would find him, which is what she is doing. So far, so good. Still interested… just about.

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#FeminismInYA is taking over the world…

I host the #FeminismInYA chat which is exactly what it says on the tin – or in this case what it says in the hashtag. Last week we had our fourth successful chat. I decided to record the amazing discussion, because the ideas and opinions presented during the hour long chat are incredible, thought provoking and inspiring to read. I didn’t want to waste intelligence and let these tweets disappear into Twitter oblivion – so I’ve collated the conversation. I hope you enjoy reading!
*The #FeminismInYA chat is hosted by me, Mariam on Twitter via @helloiammariam. The chat is usually every Tuesday evening from 7.30-8.30pm UK time. Anybody can join is by using that hashtag.

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An interview with Melinda Salisbury author of The Sin Eater’s Daughter

Book cover for Melinda Salisbury's The Sleeping PrinceI interviewed Melinda Salisbury author of The Sin Eater’s Daughter. Melinda (Mel) likes to travel, and have adventures. She also likes medieval castles, non-medieval aquariums, Richard III, and all things Scandinavian. The Sin Eater’s Daughter is her first novel. Mel has recently announced the second book in the series: The Sleeping Prince.

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A graduate interview with: A friend

Quote from the postAs part of the graduate series on my blog, I interviewed a friend about her recent role in the creative industry (TV). We chatted jobs, life after university, misconceptions and feminism. We also chatted about the rest of our lives and realising things aren’t always, maybe never, the way they are painted. Don’t forget to read previous graduate profile posts if you’ve missed out!

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North Korean defector Yeonmi Park discusses her book: In Order to Live

Book cover for Yeonmi Park's In Order to LiveNorth Korean defector Yeonmi Park is A 23 year old who has seen her mother raped, crossed the Gobi Desert and watched neighbours disappear. On Monday evening she stood in front of me at Penguin HQ London to tell the story of her life, worried and astonished by the bloggers/vloggers in the room wondering if they would understand the suffering she has gone through and being mind-boggled by the ‘job description’ of these internet people. She answered questions with grace, humour and selflessness. We all have something we bury inside ourselves but Yeonmi decided to sacrifice this. She has shared her story through her book In Order To Live at the cost of her privacy, a luxury she recognises she cannot have as an activist.

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The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

A picture of Melinda Salisbury's book cover: The Sin Eater's DaughterOver the last couple of week I’ve had the courtesy of meeting and becoming friends with Melinda Salisbury author of debut novel The Sin Eater’s Daughter. A beautiful, intelligent, kind, Harry Potter obsessed, opinionated feminist – she tries to be scary but I think it is all pretence, she’s a softy really. Strangely enough after my first conversation with Mel, she asked me not to read her book – so I ordered it that evening. For your information this review will contain spoilers.

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Suffragette & ‘I’d rather be a rebel than a slave’ t-shirt controversy

Graphic of quote.The wave of popularised feminism-has launched itself on the big screen. Meryl Streep interviewed with Time Out London but her accompanying photoshoot made everything else insignificant. She has been criticised for posing in a t-shirt titled ‘I’d rather be a rebel than a slave’ to promote her latest movie Suffragette. The quote can genuinely be interpreted as reference for slavery and the confederacy. The team who authorised this campaign either choose to ignore the backlash this slogan could bring or didn’t care. I am deeply disappointed in Streep, for someone who can read and understand, how did she not use her own intellect in this situation. Originally the line comes from a speech delivered by Mrs Pankhurst in 1913  who was one of the real-life founders of the Women’s Social and Political Union.

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