Throwback Thursday: Fat Discrimination: Actually an Incredibly Dangerous Thing, Guys.

Good afternoon, everybody, and welcome to this week’s Throwback Thursday!

This post was originally published on 24th October 2013; the day after I published last week’s TBT. I very rarely publish posts on consecutive days, so I could tell from the date alone that this post was about something I considered really important at the time.

The years done nothing to change my thoughts. If anything, I am even more aware of the dangers of fat discrimination now than I was four years ago. And with the recent news about people dying due to complications with a new type of weight loss surgery, I feel like I am currently more aware of it than usual (and I am usually pretty bloody aware).

I plan to write about this new weight loss surgery soon enough. In the meantime, here is what I have to say about fat discrimination and medical bias. Enjoy (or, at least, learn something).

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You Know What? I’m Not That Bothered About My Looks

You Know What? I’m Not That Bothered About My Looks

When I was a teenager, I used to hate being in photos.

I have a really vivid memory of refusing to be in a group photo at a friend’s birthday party. Everybody involved spent ages begging and pleading for me to take part, but I just sat there, resolute in my decision. In the end, the birthday girl held my hat up next to her to represent me, and I watched sadly as the photo was taken.

Recalling that memory now, I can feel my face and neck heating up in shame. I ruined what should have been a happy momentum for my friend, because I was so unhappy with my appearance that I would not get over myself for the ten seconds it took to take the photo.

Embarrassing though that memory is, I find it an important one to recall from time to time, as it proves how drastically things can change for the better.

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Throwback Thursday: Our Children Are Colourblind (and we should ABSOLUTELY try to keep them that way).

Throwback Thursday: Our Children Are Colourblind (and we should ABSOLUTELY try to keep them that way).

Before I begin, I’d like to apologise for the lack of posts last Saturday and this Tuesday. I did not discover many Great Things to post about on Saturday, and I ran out of time to post my normal Tuesday post. I promise it is in the works, however, and it should be up next week. I think y’all will like it.

Let’s talk about this post here. I originally published it on 23rd October, 2013; shortly after this controversial commercial was released in the US. At the time I was, in my own small way, trying to push this idea of ‘colourblindness’; raising our children to not notice that people come from different races, and just look at people as people.

Looking back, that idea was woefully simplistic and more than a little insulting. Not noticing that people come from different races means failing to understand and appreciate the races from which different people come, which strikes me as problematic. I certainly would not want for people to fail to appreciate where I’m from.

However, in a racist world, noticing that a person comes from a different race is heavily linked to assessing that person based on the stereotypes associated with their race. Perhaps, therefore, there is merit to the idea of raising children to be blind to the stereotypes associated with different races. I don’t know if such a thing would be possible, and even if it were, I wouldn’t mind betting that it would still cause problems. But it is something to think about.

Anyway, here’s the original post. Enjoy.

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Throwback Thursday: Show Reviews: Glee 5×03 (yes, THAT episode).

Throwback Thursday: Show Reviews: Glee 5×03 (yes, THAT episode).

The first thing about this post that makes me smile is its title. Clearly, past-me believed that it would be the first of many show review posts. It is, to date, the only show review I have written. Ah well. At least I had good intentions.

I wrote this post on 12th October 2013; several days after this Glee episode originally aired. Glee only had one or two seasons after this, and I grew b0red and stopped watching long before the show’s conclusion. But I stand by my assertion that this particular episode is excellent.

I imagine that it cannot be easy, being the writers or producers of a long-running TV show and having to deal with the death of one of the main cast members. Fans are invested in both the character and (certainly in this case) the actor who plays them. The Glee show creators would have been faced with several different options. They could have had some sort of storyline in which Finn Hudson leaves the main cast off-screen. They could have replaced Cory Montieth with another actor and kept the character in. They could have done nothing, except have a little dedication to Cory Montieth at the end of the next episode to air. But instead they spent an entire episode focusing on Finn Hudson having recently died, and how his death (the cause of which is left unexplained) affects the other main characters.

It was a brave decision, but I think it was the best choice they could have made.

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My Surprisingly Complex Relationship with My Ponytails

My Surprisingly Complex Relationship with My Ponytails

The first time my hair was long enough to put into a ponytail, I was about seven years old.

Before then, my parents had always cut my hair short. I presume this was because shorter hair is easier to manage. I was not old enough to be bothered about it either way.

When I was seven, however, my nanny (who I think preferred ‘traditional’ female aesthetics) encouraged me to grow my hair out. When it became long enough, she put it into pigtails, half-up-half-down styles, plaits, and that all-important standard, the ponytail.

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Great Things I Found On The Internet This Week – 30/07/17-05/08/17

Great Things I Found On The Internet This Week – 30/07/17-05/08/17

Good afternoon everybody, wherever you are around the world. It is a lovely Saturday here in Gloucestershire. The weather is temperamental and the temperature is cool without being cold enough for a jumper just yet. In other words, these are the perfect conditions for writing a fun weekly wrap-up post.

Set your expectation levels to ‘great’.

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Throwback Thursday: Why I Hate Being Competitive

Throwback Thursday: Why I Hate Being Competitive

I feel like these TBT posts should have a jingle. ‘It’s Throwback Thursday, ba-da da da-daaaaaaaaa!’ It would add appropriate levels of pizazz. Don’t you think?

This week’s post was originally written on 21st June 2013; a couple of weeks after last week’s TBT post on mental illness. I must have been in a pretty bad head space around then, because this post sounds just as bitter and jaded.

Reading this post again now, it strikes me how people can change. I remember the almost blind competitiveness I talk about in this post. I felt it all during high school and university; this constant desire to be the best, and the accompanying misery that occurred when I always, inevitably, found someone who was better than me. It was a sad sort of existence, because I was never satisfied.

I definitely would not say that I am no longer competitive. I probably will always be secretly glad when I do better than somebody else, and secretly upset when somebody else does better than me. But I don’t think I will ever be as glad, or as upset, as I was back then. There are also now moments where I do a good job, maybe even a great job, in a test or on a project or whatever else, and I can say ‘great job Gillian’ and carry on with my day without agonising over whether I have done better than everybody else. There is no way I would have been able to do that four years ago.

Maybe I’m mellowing. Or maybe I’ve reached a point where I see how similar and how different I am to other people, and with that I can appreciate that we all have different abilities that make us us, so being better or worse in one skill than somebody else is not as important as it felt before.

Who knows? Either way, here is the original post. Enjoy. 🙂

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My Top 5 Lush Products

My Top 5 Lush Products

Hi. My name is Gillian, and I am a Lushaholic.

I was not always a Lush person. Indeed, I was not someone who thought much about soaps and scrubs and all that stuff at all. As long as my soap didn’t leave my skin too dry and my conditioner detangled my hair without me pulling half of it out in the process, I was happy.

But then my ex-housemate pulled me into a Lush store one day, under the guise that she had to pick up a couple of samples. Frankly, I remain convinced that the move was a deliberate attack on my wallet.

I walked around this heavily perfumed, rustic looking place, chatting to the friendly shop assistant and having, to my surprise, a really nice time. Eventually I was persuaded to pick up a bath bomb and a shower scrub.

That was the start. I don’t know if there will ever be an end.

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Throwback Thursday: Inside My Head – How Mental Illness Makes You Bitter, Jealous, and Horrible

Throwback Thursday: Inside My Head – How Mental Illness Makes You Bitter, Jealous, and Horrible

It’s that tiiiiiiime agaaaaaaain, my friiiiiiiiends! Join me as I plunge head-first into my own past, and unearth written treasures that I have all but forgotten about.

I wrote this post on 31st May 2013. I clearly had been having a bit of a rough time of it. I can tell, because it feels like I’m reading the pages of my teenage diary… except I was 24 years old when I wrote it.

I’ve got to be honest; I was seriously considering not posting this one. It shows a side of me that isn’t pretty, and the fact that I still get like this sometimes becomes more embarrassing the older I get.

But hey, this blog is meant to show all of my writing chops, and this post is… certainly one way I can write. Plus, I think it offers some good insight into what having mental health problems can sometimes be like.

So, here it is. Enjoy (if that’s the right word).

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