What in the world would drive a person to want to hurt, humiliate and degrade another person so badly that it would make them want to die? This is a question that should not have an answer, yet according to the 2016 annual bullying survey of the UK, 1.5 million young people aged 12 to 20 (a staggering 50% of young people) had been bullied in that year. Of these, 33% were having suicidal thoughts.
This is a poem and article concerning the existence of an age-old power imbalance between men and women that is still prevalent in society today. Rape culture is very much a part of our everyday lives, victims of rape and sexual assault continue to be silenced, inappropriate behaviours are condoned and even encouraged through systematic actions and a sense of normality that has stripped a woman of the rights she has over her own body.
This is an article and poem concerning the modern age attitudes of the western world in regard to problems that do not affect us, showing how nowadays it is easy to only prioritise issues that directly impact on our own lives. This also links to the idea that technology and the media have made us a lot more inward looking in our nature and far less inclined to care about others because society has designed us to be so anxious about our own troubles and flaws.
In our modern society there exists an idea of beauty in its most superficial, narrow minded and toxic form. We openly excuse hate speech regarding appearance, we make it acceptable to judge someone for qualities they cannot change, we encourage insecurity and feeling as though you are inferior to someone else because of the way they look. This needs to end.