Thursday, May 28, 2015

Differences between LGBT people




Very often it happens that people give labels while not knowing what they're talking about. 
If you want to talk about LGBT people you must know that you can find a lot of terms that have different meanings. 
For me it is very funny when I hear someone insulting someone else saying “GAY”, because “GAY” is the acronym of “GOOD AS YOU”, so maybe you have to think about what you want to say before opening your mouth.  
“Gay” is a man that has no problem with his body, who is just attracted from other men and the same is for women, but they are called Lesbians. For sure you know Bisexuals; they are men and women that like both sexes. 
A lot of homophobic men says “I hate Gays” but they really like to watch lesbian porn movies, and I think that it makes no sense, or when men says “I would like to have sex with two lesbian girls”… well, I’m sorry for you but they are LESBIANS, so it means that they don’t like men.  
After these three types of LGBT people we can meet “Drag Queen” and “Drag King”.  
The first category is about men that like to dress themselves like a woman and make shows, for example in disco or in private parties. The second category is about women that want to look like a man, so in short is the opposite of Drag Queens. 
Leaving the Drag’s world we can find my favorite category - Ladies and Gentlemen welcome to the amazing world of Transsexuals and Transgender people. 
No, not all are prostitutes, and is not good to think about these kinds of people saying “they just want to have boobs to earn more money with clients”. 
I am transsexual, so I perfectly know the difference between these two types of people.  
Transsexual is a man or a woman who wants to completely change his or her gender.  
Transgender is a man or a woman who just wants to have the appearance of the opposite sex, but doesn’t want to change his or her gender. 
Yes, sometimes we can see this kind of people in the street talking with clients or what else, but I think that I don’t have to remind you that everyone can be a prostitute regardless of their sex or sexual orientation.



Alexis Innocenti

Friday, May 22, 2015

The most interesting lesson of ‪‎tolerance‬ ever

When two months ago an Italian volunteer came to our office, I was a little bit shocked and confused, to say the least. Shocked, because before seeing the person, I saw really fancy high-heels (that would be a perfect pair for a night club, rather than the office). Confused, because it was a… guy who was wearing them.

Friday, May 15, 2015

# A blaze of feminism

This week the conservative American radio show “The Morning Blaze”” triggered a twitter hashtag called #HowToSpotAFeminist to make fun of people believing in “the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes”. 1 Soon the social network was used to spread insulting and stereotypical images of feminists (commonly portrayed as unshaved, ugly and fat man-haters – hence the obvious essence of the evil in the world). The radio host “Doc Thompson” later claimed the hashtag was just intended to be a dating advice for one of his friends…

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Healthy Mind in the Healthy Body


Today I want to talk about the changes in the understanding of the healthy lifestyle. Stereotypes which were established and developed by the fashion industry promote anorexia, bulimia and other eating disorders between young girls and even boys. It's not news that the fashion business prefers skinny models in its ads; that some models are anorexic; and that woman who aren't skeletally thin end up with negative feelings about their bodies because of these ads. You can see the anorexic-looking models in all fashion magazines and mostly in all ads.  However, the stereotypes are changing nowadays.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

THE TRIBE (2014): a perfect way to be shaken

The main purpose of cinema itself is to make us emotionally excited. We want to be provoked, to be touched or even shaken after a movie. I was so shaken during „The Tribe“ (2014, director M. Slaboshpitsky) that I even lost my consciousness.


Friday, March 20, 2015

Girls just wanna have fun...damental rights!

                         

                              

                          Head & Headphones required - 


On the occasion of the Bulgarian women’s month we have compiled our favourite enchanting and empowering songs written about and by women for you. Check ‘em out.





“Pretty Hurts” (2014) - Beyoncé 

The lyrics deal with the issues of  ideal beauty imposed on women today and self-empowerment. The song and the video depict the effects society's high standards of beauty has, such as eating disorders. Although Beyoncé meets the standardized ideal of beauty herself the song is a critical comment on today’s society, where you can see women’s body’s at every corner, not noticing that they can mostly be considered as variations of one body used over and over again.


“Je veux”  (2010) – ZAZ

Catchy French song spreading joie de vivre and a spark of anti-consumerism.


“Bad Romance: Women’s Suffrage” (2012) - by Soomo Learning

Great Parody of Lady GaGas famous “Bad Romance” as a tribute to the American suffragist and activist Alice Paul and the generations of women who fought for the passing of the 19th Amendment which allowed women to vote in 1920. (note: although not depicted in the video women of colour were also part of this struggle although they were not always welcome)


“I can’t breathe” (2015) - by Russians famous feminist-music-group Pussy Riot

With the song title being the last words of Eric Garner the song refers to a black American who died after the police put him in a choke hold on July 17, 2014. This incident was one of the triggers that led to protests all over America against the police mistreatment of people of colour and systemic racism. Although Pussy Riot are usually occupied with feminism, LGTB rights and the opposition of Putin in Russia, they “realized that when it comes to freedom, protests, and the value of a single human life, people from different continents can all speak the same language.” (http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/02/what-is-pussy-riot-doing-making-a-video-about-eric-garner/385643/)

All About That Bass (2014) - Meghan Trainor


An energetic and viral hit about positive body images. The sassy lyrics are inspired by Trainer’s own troubles with self-acceptance due to her body size as a teenager. The addictive bassline makes you almost forget that Trainor bases her positive self-image a bit too much on the claim that men find her more attractive.



“You don’t own me” (1963) - Lesley Gore

Timeless call for self-determination and independence which inspired the second wave of feminism in the USA in the 60s.


“Bitches Butches Dykes and Divas” (2011) – Sokee

German rapper calls women with different gender identities to keep standing up against sexism.



For further reading:

The Guardian, article on the effects of the beauty ideal on women nowadays: read: http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/oct/14/women-body-image-anxiety-improve-body-confidence

photo: https://myspace.com/riotsnotdiets
written by Ann/a