Sociology

– Gabriel’s Inferno, Romance –

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(pictures provided in Pinterest)

Ever since I got back into Pinterest, I have found myself looping my way through different pins of things I was interested in.

My latest interest was Romance and Capitalism (plus a bit of gender studies?), the pattern of the two in different romance novels.

You see (anyone reading this), if you have read novels from Jane Austen, Jane Eyre (up to the very end) to modern ones such as the wealthy background of Edward Cullen and the wealthy position of Christian Grey. Men in the romance novel if you notice, seemed devided into either a very powerful position or a man with wealth and taste. Of course Gabriel Emerson was one of the type, he was a man with authority and academic success (He in the novel was University Professor on studies of Dante).

Women on the other hand in romance novel, often positioned (despite how strong they are character rise etc) with a strong sense of femininity and fragility, some were even virgin (just look at Anastasia Steele) – someone inexperienced and therefore posted very little to no threat toward the men. This therefore posted a questionable matter on many things, the especial interest I have had was the distinction of sincere love, or were those women still carrying the ideal to have men who are powerful in many levels like sugar babes and sugar daddies? The novels seemed implying that wealth was very much the only thing women would stay for a man? Despite women are free in some ways such as choices to how to live, we were bombarded everyday from internet to commercials on having many options available, which left people rather fearful for commitment. (http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2012/feb/12/love-marriage-romance-valentine)

“Pre-modern people made a decision to marry based on a sense of social duty and convention. Modern people tend to do it out of a desire to realise our inner self, to be validated. Pre-modern people felt bound by a simple declaration of love; modern people prefer to keep their options always open, even after getting married.”

This shown that modern capitalism and the modernization had not freed us entirely, instead it left us panic over “would we have missed the better options?”. I would like to explore if possible in the future, was to why such patterns exist – hopefully I feel it would be something to do with the historical process of gender roles.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabriel%27s_Inferno (Gabriel’s Inferno)

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– Anais Nin, Erotica –

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“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”- Anais Nin

My friend R told me about her experiences on reading Anais Nin’s “Delta of Venus”, she didn’t seem to be enjoying much of it, as the stories seemed brutal. I smiled to the comment, thought of Anais Nin ever since.

Anais Nin was known to me as someone who was famous for writing erotica, with a famous name call “Delta of Venus”. Until then for me I always felt very divided in feelings for erotica, either too ashamed to be in touch with it, or despise it because great literature seemed involved little to nothing on sex, or just not classy enough. Even when I was reading “Fifty Shades of Grey”, I found it impossibly hard to speak out loud about it.

A while later one night when working in a bookshop, a customer got in and bought some books that seemed would raise eyebrows in people, we talked about whether “Fifty Shades of Grey” indeed liberated women to read erotica legitimately, or if possibly able to explore sex freely as men. It might happened I said, but people would be too afraid to actually read it in public. As Erving Goffman would put it, people n a way already internalized the sense of shame (in stigma) – in order not to be stigmatized, they would try to self-regulate…

For me reading about sex often annoyed me – in erotica, the actions seemed to be constantly focus on the actions, the actual scenes. When sex was very easily done with tension, something that built up from the beginning of attractions. For example The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, shared a sense of sexual tension – even just by taking off the gloves or kissing the shoes! I would be grateful if EJ James ever got upto that kind of level, or should I try write one out myself?

– Corita Kent –

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Today would be the 96th birthday of a famous artist in USA, call Corita Kent.

She was a nun, artist and educator. She lived in a time where Civil Rights and Anti-War were hot topic.

She used her skills on printmaking and screen print to spread the message of love, hope and peace.

I quite enjoy looking at her work, very beautiful and her use of colour made things look hopeful.

 

– #SamaritanRadar –

Samaritans Twitter app identifying user’s moods criticised as invasive

For the last few days, there were a series of fury over Samaritan the charity, 

Why? you wondered, haven’t they always been doing good stuff?

This time was because of an app, an app that they hoped to pick up trails of anyone who might be uttering thoughts that seemed suicidal in their standard.

Twitter was especially a place where it would be easy to tell,

so they placed a lot of focus on that area.

Yet people were angry about having this app existed, for they felt that their rights to speech seemed being not just restricted, but possibly their words would be monitored. 

The world is a vampire, it became more than the vampire Karl Marx talked about (Capitalism), but it is sucking us out by suffocating us with cameras and monitors…

– Gothic –

The Art of Gothic: Britain’s Midnight Hours

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For the last two weeks I have been listening to Andrew Graham-Nixon (Art Historian) talking about Gothic art in this programme.

First episode was about the original revival of Gothic as an art movement and social movement (in context of how people want to revive the past in some ways), then lead to how people pushed themselves into further revival, in order to deal with their horrors and anxieties over societies in the Industrial Revolution period. With its final episode spoke heavily on vampire, I adore the episode especially on how vampire relates to Capitalism. For example, how the body of capitalism drained the blood and energy of workers.

“Capital is dead labour, that, vampire-like, only lives by sucking living labour, and lives the more, the more labour it sucks. The time during which the labourer works, is the time during which the capitalist consumes the labour-power he has purchased of him.”

” Constant capital, the means of production, considered from the standpoint of the creation of surplus-value, only exist to absorb labour, and with every drop of labour a proportional quantity of surplus-labour. While they fail to do this, their mere existence causes a relative loss to the capitalist, for they represent during the time they lie fallow, a useless advance of capital. And this loss becomes positive and absolute as soon as the intermission of their employment necessitates additional outlay at the recommencement of work. The prolongation of the working-day beyond the limits of the natural day, into the night, only acts as a palliative. It quenches only in a slight degree the vampire thirst for the living blood of labour.”

For the impression on the programme – Graham-Nixon’s investigation seemed indicating that Gothic instead of being seen as a sheer art movement, should be seen as a collaboration between art and social movement under the changes. Through the programme, the perceptions that novelists and artists received toward their experiences with the society, often reflected through their work. For example, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. 

In fact – all art in some ways, big or small, related deeply with both individuals and societies through inter-effect.

– Feminism, Inequalities –

62p per an hour???? You gotta be fucking kidding!

Advance apologies for criticizing about feminism, but as I grown older it became an unfortunate situation for me to discover more of their flaws. (sigh)

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According to DailyMail (despite the credibility remain questionable for their histories), women who made the t-shirts with “This is what a feminist looks like” were paid with 62p per hour only only, which is very much below the British minimum wages. Their conditions weren’t hugely better, despite photographs shown that their company was in good conditions (e.g. floor was clean). Yet for me – if we really care for feminism and the women’s right in labouring, shouldn’t they pay more effort to help the women in factories to improve better working conditions – For example increase of wages and enable them to have a hobby or something outside their work lives? Instead the Pig-smelled capitalists decided to have most of the money to themselves – made the t-shirt for 9.00GBP, then sell it to the world for 45.00GBP! 

Just “lean in.” And if leaning in leaves no time for marriage or kids, here’s a free freezer for your eggs

I couldn’t help feeling angry whenever I hear Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean in” theories and stories about any corporate feminism, while they were so busy to “improve” their own issues such as more women to be in power, they often neglect women who are in less advantaged positions – from women who works in factories to sex workers. They are often people who need a great deal of helps compared to women in Sandberg’s position, for example the chances and abilities of negotiating for their own rights and safety.

If feminism is really for all women, trying to drum up the sounds of women’s right for people to hear, then why so many women’s rights being dismissed, or not being taken into concerns even people see it? I believe feminism, if to win the heart of others, they indeed need to work on this section even more.

– Hottie Expert –

Your Barrister Boyfriend

I never came across this site until one day when I was reading Daily Mail (ref: Here-come-girls-The-hottest-women-Bar-measure-Britains-best-looking-male-barristers.html) & this (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2370160/The-21-attractive-male-barristers-Britains-chambers-revealed.html). I was laughing very badly when reading the stories about these people being nominated for their hotness, while I must admit careers with authorities such as lawyers and doctors often were desirable for some to brag for a husband/wife. 

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When I read the article on – I often found the way those hottie experts described the barristers very funny, for example their description on Patrick Hennessey, a barrister:

1) Patrick Hennessey (39 Essex Street): Phwoar! Patrick ticks so many boxes, we’re going to need new boxes. He picked up his alpha male bonafides by serving in the Grenadier Guards (google image for shirtless pic), yet he’s also got an intelligent, sensitive side (he penned two books about his experience). He’s like Prince Harry, but with brains. And attractive. Patrick is the kind of guy you dream about meeting when you’re a 18-year-old girl fresh off your gap yah and going up to Oxford. You’d lock eyes during freshers’ week, and have a shy courtship culminating in a torrid midnight makeout sesh in a college cloisters. He has thick brown tousled hair, soulful eyes and boyish charm. And he read English, which makes him more alluring than those with mercenary law degrees. It’s as if, from birth, he deliberately planned every step of his life in order to sit atop the Barrister Hottie list. The media is into him, and we imagine all the other barristers hate him. Unfortunately, we learn that he is recently married. This is a true tragedy for woman kind!!

“1) Patrick Hennessey (39 Essex Street): Phwoar! Patrick ticks so many boxes, we’re going to need new boxes. He picked up his alpha male bonafides by serving in the Grenadier Guards (google image for shirtless pic), yet he’s also got an intelligent, sensitive side (he penned two books about his experience). He’s like Prince Harry, but with brains. And attractive. Patrick is the kind of guy you dream about meeting when you’re a 18-year-old girl fresh off your gap yah and going up to Oxford. You’d lock eyes during freshers’ week, and have a shy courtship culminating in a torrid midnight makeout sesh in a college cloisters. He has thick brown tousled hair, soulful eyes and boyish charm. And he read English, which makes him more alluring than those with mercenary law degrees. It’s as if, from birth, he deliberately planned every step of his life in order to sit atop the Barrister Hottie list. The media is into him, and we imagine all the other barristers hate him. Unfortunately, we learn that he is recently married. This is a true tragedy for woman kind!!”

For many women in many years, we often want to have a husband who is successful and able to provide financial stability and at times we look to them for social status. While the barristers in the websites of hottie expert being seen and judged like candidates of beauty pageant, the descriptions reflected our expectations of men in the similar way men might have had on women with three/four main elements: beauty, finance (ish, wouldn’t totally class tht), backgrounds and the BIGGEST questions for all gender – are they single? The latter made me laugh, for the barristers put into a similar position as male movie stars such as Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hiddleston, for women to dream on about hanging around with them and many other things. While the list centered mostly on barristers, there were also lists of different types of people, from historical figures to doctors.

Ah well, I might as well head for the barristers from the websites that I like…(laughs):

tumblr_inline_mr2rtiKQsB1qz4rgpThomas Coke-Smyth of QEB, Thomas Coke-Smyth’s profile (remind me of Hugh Laurie in Jeeves & Wooster)

Paul-Clark Paul Clark of Garden Court Chambers, Paul Clark’s Profile (like his tweets on policing)

FennLRC Andrew Fenn of Atkin Chambers, Andrew Fenn’s Profile

portraitWilliam Tyzack of QEB, William Tyzack’s Profile (Nice looking, my type ish)

Tunde_Okewale_LSTunde Okewale of Doughty Street, Tunde Okewale’s Profile

41st+Annual+Academy+Magical+Arts+Inc+Awards+I1FghQQMcxWlGuy Hollingworth (also a magician, Guy Hollingworth’s Profile (Barrister) & Guy Hollingworth’s Profile (Magician))

The Hottie list also available for women, for example:

newton(9)Laura Newton of 11SB, Laura Newton’s profile

Nichola_Higgins_01Nichola Higgins of Doughty Street, Nichola Higgins’s Profile

Kirsty Brimelow lsKirsty Brimelowof Doughty Street, Kirsty Brimelow’s Profile

Amal_AmaluddinAmal Clooney of Doughty Street, Amal Clooney’s Profile (I like her, just saying!)