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Feminism: what it means to me

Filed under: CatBitches

I don’t understand the hashtag #womenagainstfeminism. I find it confusing and insulting to the women who have fought for the rights and privileges that women nowadays take for granted. I feel like every woman who supports this campaign has missed the point of feminism entirely, and they may as well spit on the memory of the suffragettes while they’re at it.

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Body Image and The Dangers of Fantasy vs Reality

Filed under: CatBitches

I read an article today that there’s a designer out there who’s created accessories to make Barbie dolls looks more realistic or specifically the Lamily doll look more realistic. Things like tattoos, scars, acne and even cellulite. However, instead of praising the idea I find myself sighing exhaustedly at it. Because despite the fact that I happily call myself a feminist, I would also call myself a realist and this collective idea to protect the female body image is losing touch with reality. Because the reality of the situation is this – dolls are dolls. Children grow up and if a child cannot process and accept the concept of fantasy vs reality then blaming the toy manufacturers seems sort of counter-productive.

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Top 5 Best Female Video Game Characters of All Time (according to Cat)

Filed under: EightBitBitch

I like playing video games. I always have done, I find it an entertaining way to escape reality and put myself (mentally) in another world. A world that’s more hands on than say a film and less mentally involved than reading. Video games to me are the perfect balance between passive consumption and physical exertion. They are visual and interactive way to immerse yourself in a story and its characters. Speaking of which, the characters are a huge part of what makes a video game, so because everybody loves a good list. Here are my top 5 favourite video game women of all time.

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Why Arya from Game of Thrones is my favourite character

Filed under: EightBitBitch

If you haven’t watched Game of Thrones then ignore this entire blog post because won’t really get it. Also if you’ve not watched GoT then you need to rectify that because it’s brilliant. Even if you aren’t into the fantasy genre it’s worth watching because if you boil it down to its very essence GoT is essentially a political drama. One of my past ex’s hated the whole fantasy genre (a fact he kept pushing on me which contributed to our inevitable break up) but I convinced him to sit down and watch a few episodes of GoT with me – after the second one he was hooked.

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Things you always forget to pack when travelling

Filed under: BitchAbroad

Going on holiday is always exciting. Because if you’re anything like me, then it normally requires an intense shopping session beforehand which always sees you buying a new bikini or two (as well as some other exciting purchases!) However there are some less exciting (but equally important) things you need to remember to pack, or they’ll cost you a fortune to replace when you’re away! So what are they and why is it such a pain when you forget them? Well everybody’s list if different but below is a list of things that I find crucial to take when going abroad…

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Marrakesh and Mint Tea: A review of Morocco

Filed under: BitchAbroad

When my (now ex) boyfriend Rob suggested a holiday to Morocco (Marrakesh) I was not overly keen on the idea. Mainly because most Moroccan's insist on putting fruit in almost everything they cook and I hate cooked fruit - particularly dry and preserved fruit. So naturally I assumed I was going to starve or end up eating plain couscous or bananas for the entire holiday. However, I eventually realised that I was being a bit dramatic. So I swallowed my apprehension and sat down with him to book it.

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Why being a grown up Goth doesn't work and my fucking gripe with it

Filed under: BitchAndMakeUp

Other than being accused of being a hipster and a geek, I’ve also been labelled as a Goth by a few people which I find rib shatteringly hilarious - because I wear a lot of black. I wear it mainly because it’s easier to bung everything in the same wash cycle and stains aren’t has prominent on black clothing than say… white. Not that I’m particularly messy eater or clumsy for that matter, it’s just something that has always stuck with me. I also have a penchant for the more tasteful macabre things in life. This combination has pretty much led me to be draped and dressed in black most days of the year – regardless of the season and a lot of people don’t get it.

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An open love letter to Alexander McQueen

Filed under: BitchAndMakeUp

When it comes to fashion labels I don’t really have a lot of loyalty but I do love Chanel. I have since I was a little girl (my first Chanel item was a beach towel when I was 11 – an extravagant gift from my mother.) I also love Vivienne Westwood with her punk influences and beautifully constructed dresses. However, as much as I love Karl and Viv, there is one designer who had my love faster than you could say haute couture. Well… I suppose I should say haute macabre because the designer in questions is none other than the irreplaceable Alexander McQueen – heaven rest his brilliant soul.

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Why you should always take the leaps of faith

Filed under: LifesABitch

I’ve never baked a pie before. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that I can’t bake for shit. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve tried, but it’s something I don’t have any experience with. I do however have a lot of experience with two other things – having my heart broken and taking leaps of faith. I’ll admit the latter sometimes led to the prior but that’s a sacrifice I was willing to make and though each heartbreak hurt at the time. I have emerged from the ruins better after each and every one. However this article isn’t about the prior subject: it’s about the latter and why it’s so important to take leaps of faith.

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Coming out of the chrysalis:- my promise to change

Filed under: LifesABitch

I’m in awe of nature, it’s beauty, ferocity, capability for abrupt and gradual change. The power of nature is a marvellous thing to behold. However, whenever I look at humans I see the same power. Because humans are capable of great beauty, terrifying ferocity and drastic change. Where am I going with this? Well… I’ve come to realise that as a human being I stopped growing. I stopped developing. I wasn’t making progress with my life. I was repeating the same detrimental patterns and not really achieving anything, and during this process I kept deluding myself with false achievement and concocting plausible excuses for why I wasn’t really doing anything about it.

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