International Day For the Elimination of Violence Against Women

You don’t have to be a woman to support this. International 1in3

It is said to be that 1 in 3 girls or women will experience some kind of violence in their life, now that’s the same statistic of experiencing mental health issues or developing cancer and that effects both genders. It’s not that they witness it, women are subjected to it, either trafficking, domestic violence, physically, emotionally, economically or sexually and that just doesn’t mean rape. 70% of women have experienced some kind of violence from their intimate partner, so it should be someone they trust who does this hurt, that won’t just hurt them physically, it will also slowly eat away at them emotionally as well, it can effect their whole health, they may just be physically abused but the thought processes which will go off behind each assault will effect them in other ways. Violence against women is a human rights violation.

It’s known that some countries to other countries treat their women unfairly, but as this is a United Nations International Day it admits it’s a world wide issue, ok it probably won’t be wiped out entirely probably anytime soon, the root of the cause of violence against women is said to be from the persistent discrimination against females, but at least with things such as this enough awareness out there to help it slowly diminish.

Because some of these facts are sickening-

In Australia, Canada, Israel, South Africa and the United States, 40 to 70 per cent of female murder victims were killed by their partners.

Women aged 15-44 are more at risk from rape and domestic violence than from cancer, car accidents, war and malaria. According to World Bank data

In Colombia, one woman is reportedly killed by her partner or former partner every six days.

A 2004 study in the United Kingdom estimated the total direct and indirect costs of domestic violence, including pain and suffering, to be £23 billion per year or £440 per person

Every 9 minutes a woman is raped in Britain and up to 3 million women in the UK experience violence each year.

During the conflict in Bosnia in the early 1990s, between 20,000 and 50,000 women were raped.

One in three girls are ‘groped’ at school and sexual harassment is routine.

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This year, there is a theme to spread awareness.

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“Orange the world in 16 days.” Is the theme -stating the 16 days of activism against Gender violence ending on Human Rights day, where people are invited to wear orange to spread awareness and show support for this cause.

Raising awareness against female violence will not just give the message to people that it is wrong but it will also help those who are experiencing the violence help and support, hopefully give them the courage to get out- with their children if they have any, to get out as there are many shelters which can help or even just groups or seeing a councillors which are free and available for those women who have experienced violence such as sexual abuse.

If you or you know a woman who is experiencing any form of violence, there is support out there and you are not alone.

Twitter# for this event- #orangeurworld

Links-

http://www.endviolenceagainstwomen.org.uk

http://www.un.org/en/events/endviolenceday/index.shtml

http://www.unwomen.org/en/what-we-do/ending-violence-against-women

Thumbelina, movie Review

ThumbelinacoverThis has to be one of the strangest things I have ended up buying, but yes a few days ago I bought the 1994 cartoon movie, Thumbelina. Now, this movie isn’t Disney, so I don’t expect all of you to go, ohhh it’s that one. But the movie is based upon the story of Thumbelina by Hans Christian Andersen, so, judging by that it possibly could have a dark side.

The movie does involve songs, most of them… well let’s say there is a mouse that sings about death and about ignoring love. There is a song about, following your heart, but that is sang by my opinion one of the more annoying characters. There is a bird, I suspect it to be a pigeon with a French Accent, who I came to believe he could have a GPS system in his chest as the amount of times he said or implied following your heart could get you to where you want to be.

 

 

 

Right, Thumbelina, is a thumb-sized girl/teenager. She has boobs, so, I’m not going to imply she is under 12. I remember watching this movie as a child- although I remember I’ve watched it, I just don’t really remember what happens. It’s probably got me  feeling like this-

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But then I grew up

If this was a Disney movie, they’d probably adapt it even more. Because Thumbelina doesn’t just become the romantic interest of one Prince! No, three more characters come along!

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First there is the Spanish toad, then there is the Beetle, then there is the mole. All after her because of her voice.

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You have to admit though, even from it’s back end that’s a cute bee. Also doesn’t take her long to be flashing the full length of her legs!

The Fairy Prince meets Thumbelina after peeking through her window, after rebelling against his parents, wondering off. Rebelling against his parents, I understand he’s 16, but peeking though her window??? What if she was getting changed rather then just dancing and singing? But Cornelius, without telling Thumbelina his Princely title, does their equivalent of a guy showing up in a high convertible speed car with a stereo. He takes her for a ride on a Bumble Bee while singing. Possibly a good thing that the Bee was riding because if you sing and dance in a car you’ll find yourself in the nearest obstacle.

 

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On this, “First Date,” Is where candidate number two- the toad- sees Thumbelina. We also meet the cliche line of the Prince and Thumbelina are now in love, although they have just met. But hearing Thumbelina’s voice the toad is now in love with her! The Toads big boobed and big pink haired mother, who sort of has some similarity to Nicki Minaj, kidnaps Thumbelina as she sleeps…

We meet the family of Spanish toads/frogs, who I have a hard time understanding when they sing, but apparently they sing for a living.

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The Creepiest things in this movie, will always be the toads

Thumbelina manages to get away, after being left on a lily pad by the frogs even though one of them is going to marry her, with the help of the Pigeon- Jacquimo, Now, I think this pigeon has a special power. He keeps changing sizes. One moment he is the same size as a book, the next he is rivalling the height of some of the cute bugs and the next he is similar height to a bear’s head.

 

 

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Sorry, but how can you trust that?

 

 

The Beetle is the next sexual predator to arrive.  This guy is frustrating in the fact, he calls himself the, “Judge ofbeautiful women,” And proves to be misogynistic , throughout the movie. Fortunately, this pursuit is only short lived, wanting Thumbelina to perform at the Beetle Ball, he dresses her up… Then all of a sudden she is stripped to her bloomers and top…

 

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Honestly, Hans Christian Anderson also wrote My Little Mermaid, I think he was doing her a favour when she got her to sell her voice compared to this. Beetle calls her ugly after the crowd conclude to it, equalling Thumbelina in tears and proving she has low self confidence.

A Prince sang to you that you are beautiful and you then go an believe someone who is not even the same species as you when he calls you ugly! From this information, I think she is actually enjoying getting hunted down. She just wants the attention!

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It’s the pigeon bird that wears a hat and boots and a top

Hibernation is something that has gone out of the window in this movie. Winter is here, but the pigeon bird, is still flying about and all the animals that should be underground sleeping are still there.

We move to find Thumbelina now housed with a pessimistic mouse, while the Frog and Beetle are now plotting to kidnap the prince for bait

and the prince…

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Is stuck in ice.

Now, mouse introduces her to Mole and this is why Feminism was invented. Thumbelina after one song and taking one strangers word that the prince is dead, is now going a head with the wedding!

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Meanwhile, the bugs are breaking the laws of physics, slow cooking the prince. In snow, with the Prince popsicle melting on the fire.

It takes Thumbelina, to get to the alter and having hallucinations of the prince for her to finally grow a back bone and announce this is not what she wanted.

In the end she grows wings (No one explained why she didn’t have wings in the first place…) and is happily married to the prince, and Happily ever after (apparently)! So we do get there in the end!

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As a kids movie, I applaud it. It does give the whole defenceless girl story line who is rescued by a prince. It was intended for children so, they obviously won’t see the things I have seen.

Overall, it’s a good kids movie, brilliantly drawn and animated and I think the voice actors/actresses fit the characters perfectly.

Pin-Up Girls VS Land Girls

Let’s not imagine these two types of women in a wrestling ring. Although I will admit it would be a fairly interesting match; the seducing poses and bodies of the Pin-Up Girls against the hard working determined attitudes of the Land Girls who aren’t afraid to get dirty… I think we all know what side a large slice of the male population would take. But this isn’t a beauty pageant.

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Land Girls were one of the reasons society stayed afloat, with men going out to war in WWI and WWII, there was hardly anyone back home to look after the agriculture. The women looked after the farms, without this staples such as bread, milk and vegetables wouldn’t have been about. This was a huge chance for women to show what they could do, before their main jobs were to stay at home and look after the house, kids and husband. Ok, that attitude was still there in the 1950’s, but this could be said to have given women a bit more confidence, breaking out of the traditional feminine role. Women got to get dirty, roll up their sleeves and dress up in overalls, dungarees, wellies, ok most still wore the norm of skirts and dresses but there was some freedom, and go out to work. Not a sewing machine in sight (unless you made parachutes)! Women got to use machinery such as tractors and even learnt to fix them.

This wasn’t just a British thing. The USA has their own Land Girl society, slowly the western culture began to see the industrial use of women. This wasn’t like Victorian times where women were forced to work in factories just to survive. These modern day women VOLUNTEERED to be of use to their country

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The world was in a war, the men weren’t the only ones who were wanting to fight for their country. Women weren’t allowed to join the army in those days so, ways for women to fight from home were made available.

Land Girls were just one battle station a woman could take up. For the more qualified lady strategic stations were available through the Forces. Anyone who has seen a war time film, must have seen the women doing jobs like answering the phones and pushing boats across the big maps to show where our boats are.

Overall, the Land Girls had a hard task, hate to admit it but most women, especially in those days due to the rationed diet plus most being mothers who would have given up food to feed her family, aren’t as strong as men. They went out to do a mans job digging, farming and mechanical work and they succeeded.

HONESTLY, They did a bloody good job. Women today should look back and be proud and use them as inspiration for the strength we have.

Pin-Up Girls. Compared to the Land Girls this role would seem like luxury. However, taking into account Pin-Up Girls were popular in the war, there was hardly any luxury (except for the famous). These girls were supposed to smile, put on a show, make others happy or at least feel like there was hope. Most Drawn Pin up girls were seen having the desired, ‘Hour Glass,’ Figure. Today loads of women either aim to be stick thin, or have a curvy hour glass figure. Back then the only figure which was desired was the hour glass. World War one plunged Great Britain into a world of rationed food, people lost weight, and the risk of transport for bringing goods over seas didn’t just damage food supply. Cotton was imported so clothing had to be hand made, the term, “Make Do and Mend,” became popular- A.K.A if you had a hole in your sock you fixed it and kept wearing the sock, most people couldn’t afford to go out and buy new clothing, they made it.

In Pin Up Photo shoots, legs became popular. Betty_Grable_20th_Century_FoxActress Betty Grable was known for her legs, her legs were insured for 1 million dollars. If you have a look at some pin up pictures from that era the

Pin Up 1legs are the main focus. Even today parts of the pin up figure remain, hour glass bodies are still provocative and “Sexy,” due to the big bust and curvy hips. And long legs are also a trait that are seen attractive. The world is still in a pin up state.

Pin-Up Girls did good from a point of view. Some men saw them as, “Good Luck,” Charms. The point of them were so men could visualise the woman- Pin-Up Girls became a sort of pornography… Just with out the boobs showing like most cases of picture porn these days.

They motivated men, men could think they were fighting for a woman like that- I feel I should be including that Disney Mulan song, “A Girl Worth Fighting for ,” In this post. The other point of view looks at the other females who had to look at these women.

It gave (in some cases) an unrealistic image of the female body. Ok, all females could be as pretty as a pin up, but realistically the figure and the clothes were not achievable in a war. Pin up’s made expectations for men higher, but that expectation for majority of females couldn’t reach that.

Overall, Pin-Up Girls had their part to play. They gave men overseas hope. Just as women back home gave others hope and cared for them. It’s almost as if Pin-Up Girls stepped in being the wives of the men overseas when women couldn’t be their for them as they couldn’t reach them and had other responsibilities to up hold.

Females in Comic books

So, hands up. Who has seen the growing trend of books becoming movies? It’s basic Hollywood system, if they run out of ideas they turn to books, (yay for the author!) 2013 we see the release of Iron Man 3 and Thor … Continue reading