Don’t Judge My Family

This is an AMAZING campaign based on David Cameron’s proposed ‘married couple’s tax allowance’.

If I ever needed another excuse to NOT vote Tory, this would be it.

Because marriage is NOT the only way to create a strong, stable family. Sure, it’s nice but a big party and a ring doesn’t stop one person leaving. Lena Chen has done this diatribe much better than I ever could, and although I want to get married eventually, mostly to be the centre of attention for a day and get lots of presents, I don’t want the government favouring (or not) my relationship over someone else’s. I have friends who come from all kinds of families, ‘broken homes’ and traditional nuclear 2.4 kids families, and none is more emotionally adjusted than the other.

J.K. Rowling has written about how it actually penalises the people who need the money the most, 1 in 4 children grow up in single parent families who are more likely to need a tax break. This is totally negating their economic struggles and not deeming them a proper family just because of the absence of one parent (potentially because of death).

And moreover, who is going to stay married for the sake of £150? If Cameron thinks that’s an incentive to stay in an abusive marriage, you know, for the kids, then he’s more delusional about the state of the world than I thought.

I mean, come on? And you just know, given the Tory’s voting rate on gay rights that the marriages he’s imagining are heterosexual. I’m reminded, since it is exam season, of Augustus’ marriage legislation all the way back in Ancient Rome. Tax relief and privileges for couples with more children and penalising women who were adulterous, including his own daughter Julia. Please tell me we’ve moved on more significantly than this? Trying to govern people’s private lives, especially now we live in a time we believe is liberal and accepting, is just not cool. There are so many different configurations of relationships which create families, and each is as valid as the other.

So fuck off Cameron, just fuck off.


5 Bottles of Shampoo

My brother and I disagree about music. All. The. Time.

I don’t like metal and he doesn’t like, well, anything that I like. Sometimes we compromise on The Killers.

But he posted this on my facebook last night, it’s a video of his new favourite band The King Blues.

And it’s really beautiful. Please watch it, it’s really short and will be a ‘hells yeah’ moment for the rest of the day 🙂

Do it.


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Also, I will only be eating noms from now on. I’m not sure where to get them, but hopefully it will increase revision productivity, which is severely lacking at this moment.

What She Said #1

I’ve recently found Courtney’s blog and I just wanted to share this with you guys. She’s gone a bit of a tirade about the objectification of Amy Pond in Doctor Who. I couldn’t link to the whole thing here, it seems to have been an ongoing thing. But I thought you might find it interesting, I certainly did.

I’m a big Doctor Who fan. It’s accessible sci-fi. It’s about space but there’s no special terminology and you don’t have to be a diehard fan to get all the references. Plus it’s fast-paced and witty. All good things. I’m already enjoying the new series and I like Amy Pond – firstly she has the best name (!) and she’s smart and fiesty. But I hadn’t really considered the issue of the ‘male gaze’ in relation to her – I know there have been complaints about the over-sexualisation of this series but I figured it was all blown out of proportion by the Disgusted-Of-Tunbridge-Wells types. And I do think that the complaints probably do come from that department but Courtney’s criticism is a valid one. So check it out please and thank you.