Saturday, March 29, 2014

Catcalling / Street Harassment


Like I’ve mentioned before, I live in Venezuela… and you have no idea how bad this problem is over here…
It’s IMPOSSIBLE to walk just ONE single block without getting a nasty comment from a guy. I’ve even been followed. And sometimes, if I don’t answer (because apparently you have to thank those guys for sexually harassing you!), I’ve been insulted. I would never walk on the streets here wearing a skirt or shorts, I’ve never done it, never will.

The sad thing is, I’ve even gotten racist comments along with the nasty ones. I’m very pale and have light hair, this is not that common here, and there was a time when a guy on the street told me that I needed to go to the beach and get some color, because I was too white… Not racist, you think? Let’s put it the other way around: hey, go get your skin a bit lighter and get rid of your color, it’s too dark… Oh that one does sound racist, right? Add a nasty comment to that to make it even more special! :)

Most people in Venezuela go out in fear (this is one of the most dangerous countries in the world, if not the most dangerous), so I bet most people are praying inside their heads when walking on the street sometimes. Well, most women even forget about that, the first thing in their heads is praying that none of the guys saying all that actually does those things to them! I know I have thought like that pretty much every time, those are priorities, your body and safety are way more important than your money or cellphone.

I don’t even understand how there are women here who go jogging; I tried it once with a girlfriend (and in a pretty good neighborhood!)… Oh never again, my friend! I now do yoga in the comfort of my own bedroom.


I’m not saying this isn’t a problem in other countries, oh it is!! That’s why I’m writing about it. I used to live in Germany, although I rarely got any comments there. I’ve been on vacation to other places too, even New York City, wearing little shorts and all; I did get some comments (mostly from construction workers for some reason). It was never as bad as it is here. BUT it does happen everywhere though, ALL the time. And it shouldn't.

And seriously, it’s like they’re making you feel like you’re just a piece of meat… like a little deer walking through a bunch of starving predators, waiting for the first one to jump at you and take a bite… It’s an awful feeling; NOONE has the right to make you feel like that, to make you feel so low, like you’re merchandise. I’m pretty sure most of the girls reading this know I’m not exaggerating; it’s scary and exasperating at the same time. Catcalls are NOT compliments, please remember that.

I was talking about this to a male friend of mine once and he said he had never realized this problem! That he started noticing how bad it was after I told him about it and I can’t tell you how sad it made me. Of course there are guys who don’t do this (catcalling), like my friend, but most of those aren’t even aware it’s happening.

I’ve noticed that, if I walk with my dad or some male friends, then I won’t get those comments… BUT I would get the awful stares; you know those, the ones you feel on you like they’re taking off your clothes. If I walk with my mom we would both get comments or she would even get called “mother-in-law”. Talk about respect and boundaries!


Most people seem to think that women and men nowadays are on the same page. Sadly, I don’t think that’s happened yet, because there are still problems like this, and it’s just one of them, one that’s not even that bad if you compare it to some others, but that doesn’t mean it’s not important.

Sometimes I feel like asking these perverts if they have women they care about… a mother, sisters, daughters, a girlfriend/wife (which makes it even worse!) but maybe they don’t even care, they don’t realize how degrading and scary their behavior is to us women.

Again, I don’t know if some of you may think I’m exaggerating, I really don’t think I am, I consider this to be a huge issue. Society also plays a big role in this, I want to write about women in the media in the future, it’s not really that hard to find a commercial, TV show, etc. that portrays women as sex objects, it’s actually harder not finding at least one every single day.

Finally, I hope you take some time to watch this video if you haven’t already, it’s really amazing. I don’t know how many men would get the message, because you have no idea how many immature men I’ve heard saying that they would never worry about a woman sexually harassing them, that it would be awesome! I do hope the guys who watch this get the idea and understand the problem, because I think it does a good job at explaining it:


So what are your thoughts on catcalling / any form of street harassment?


Thank you very much for reading!

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Selection + The Elite by Kiera Cass




I know I have not been writing lately, if you follow me on Twitter you’d know by now that I live in Venezuela… and things here are not pretty. I decided I needed to let my mind rest for just a little while tonight, so I thought I’d write about these books I read, they’re part of a trilogy, although I found out the third one has not been released yet when I was reading the second one *sigh*…

When I found out about The Selection I wasn’t really sure I wanted to read it, mostly because the synopsis never really caught my attention. It said that the story was about America Singer, a girl who’s chosen to participate in a competition to become the future queen of Illéa aaaand that’s it… Seriously! There are so many good things about these books! And that’s what they tell you! Ugh that’s pretty much what kept me from reading them.

Now I’m going to tell you more about this series... Yes, it’s about a bunch of girls who want to marry prince charming alright, but the thing I really liked is: America doesn’t want this; she enters the competition against her will.

So America lives in the country of Illéa, formerly known as The United States, where all people belong to different castes: there are eight castes in total, the higher the number, the better your life. She’s a Five and is in love with a Six, which is a big problem, because marrying someone from a lower caste would make her life even worse than it already is. One day America and all the other girls of a certain age get a letter to participate in the competition to become the future queen of the country, by marrying the prince of course. If she wins she’d automatically become a One, she could actually become a Three just by participating. Her loved ones want her to take part in it, so she fills in the form that comes with the letter and gets picked… which you already knew because if not, there wouldn’t be any books to read!

Once in the palace she tells the prince she does not mean to marry him, so they become friends… but this does not last very long. Another cool thing nobody talks about is that there are rebels who break into the palace every now and then! Sometimes even killing lots of people.

When reading these I couldn’t help but think about The Hunger Games, the castes reminded me a little bit of the Districts.

I have to say really loved the first book (The Selection) and I found the second one (The Elite) was also good, but not that great, there were a lot of things that did upset me a lot and I didn’t love the ending. Something I like from The Selection is that everything you wanted America to do or say DID happen! I couldn’t believe it, every time I was shouting at her to do a certain thing, she did. Magical. In The Elite not so much.

I can’t wait to read the third one to know what happens next! :3

Have you read ever read or heard about these books?


Thank you for reading! Bye-Bye!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Catherine


When this game was about to come out, I remember thinking it looked really messed up and definitely wanted to play it haha :). But seriously, it was developed by Atlus, what did you expect?

So Catherine is a puzzle/platformer game and let me tell you something, it is NOT easy. When I had to pick a level of difficulty I chose Normal, naturally… Oh how I regretted that later…so many times… Seriously, the puzzles are tough. But well, what really got me into playing this game was the plot, I remember everyone thinking it was a game for guys since it was supposed to be about this hot girl, so I downloaded the demo when it was available (you must know I really like the Persona games) and I loved it! I’m sure a lot of girls would really like the story too, it’s pretty original.

You play as Vincent, who is currently in a relationship with Katherine (if you ask me she’s way too good for him, but whatever) and she tells him that she thinks it’s time to get married, which basically freaks him out.

You see that recently there have been these weird cases about men dying in their sleep, which seems to be happening very often and it’s all over the media. A rumor starts spreading about these events: if a person dreams of falling and doesn’t wake up before hitting the ground, they’re going to die in their sleep.

One night Vincent is at The Stray Sheep, the bar he frequently goes to with his friends, there he meets Catherine and, well, they spent the night together. After that, Vincent starts having these weird nightmares and he finds out that they’re related to the rumors, so he must stay alive in his dreams in order to stay alive in real life.

Long story short: cheating men die in their sleep.

That’s basically what the game’s about, during the day there will be a bunch of cutscenes where you get to see how messed up Vincent is, then at night you go to the bar to hang out, drink a bit (which is really helpful for when you’re in your nightmares), talk to people and even send some text messages, after that Vincent goes to sleep and that’s when the fun begins.

Also, throughout the game you get asked a lot of questions and are given options when talking to others, depending on your answers your “karma meter” changes and you get to have different endings, which is pretty nice.

And that’s all I’m going to tell you so I don’t spoil it for you if you want to play the game :). I do really recommend it, it’s very original and pretty fun, but God please, play in Easy mode if you want to enjoy this.

Have you played Catherine or any other Atlus game? What did you think of it?

Thank you for reading! Bye-Bye!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Frozen


Don’t worry, I’ll try to keep this spoiler-free… I bet most of you have already seen this movie. I’m definitely one of those people who became addicted to it and to all the songs! They’re really beautiful, especially Let It Go and Do You Want to Build a Snowman? I haven’t been able to get them out of my head for weeks ._. I’ve listened to a lot of versions in different languages, especially Let It Go, my favorite one is definitely the one in Latin American Spanish, the singer is great and the lyrics were translated beautifully, although I must say that pretty much all the women who do Elsa’s voice are amazing singers! Here is the Latin American Spanish version of the song if you haven’t listened to it:



I’ve also been wearing a braid, purple eye shadow (lilac actually) and glittery blue and white nail polish… But this is a healthy obsession, I tell you!!... Ehem…

My favorite character was Elsa by far, I could really relate to her… Well, of course I don’t have her magical powers, I WISH… But I mean her not being able to be who she is because of others, I’ve been there and I bet a lot of you have too, it’s an awful feeling, so when you’re finally able to be yourself once again, it’s very refreshing and comforting… And now you’ll just burst into song, singing Let It Go at the top of your lungs! :) ...I also loved Anna, she’s hilarious but Elsa’s calm personality is way more appealing to me, since that’s also how I am.

And seriously, how adorable was Olaf’s dream?! :3

Have you seen this movie? What did you think of it?


Update: Look what I just found! :) Get "Frozen" Again As Elsa Sings "Let It Go" In 25 Languages


Thank you for reading! Bye-Bye!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

I'm Now On Instagram!

I had been giving it a lot of thought and finally decided to create an account on Instagram, although I think I’ll use it to promote my art. For those of you who don’t know already, I really enjoy drawing; here are some of the things I have made:








I haven’t uploaded too many drawings yet, I’ve been thinking about doing it little by little. I hope you like my art! :)

Feel free to follow me and, if you’re on Instagram too, just leave your username in the comments so I can follow you back :). You can find me on Instagram clicking here:


Instagram 

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