What if… I was a dude for the day? This is a question my friend and I… Who I shall call Sonic, ask each other loads. For context, Sonic identifies and a male and he wonders what it would be like to be a woman.
We ask each other this loads, because we have ideas, certain thoughts about stereotypical gender roles and we’d both love to trade ends of the spectrum just for a day and see how differently we’d be treated. To be completely honest, I think Sonic is just infatuated with the thought of having boobs and I’m the same, but for… oh God, my parents are going to kill me, and my grandparents – I’m so sorry guys…. and I’m the same, I want to know what it’d be like to have a penis. Come on though, peeing standing up?! That sounds pretty magical if I’m honest with you.
One of my biggest questions for guys is, how does the world see you? If you’re a woman, your one goal in life is to be a gorgeous trophy wife, but what if you’re told you have to be the breadwinning husband? Are there sets of rules you have to obey when you’re a male, I know that toxic gender roles prevail with both genders, but what is the mould for a “real man”?
I just think it must be so bizarre to not have to panic about leaving the house alone, not worrying about being scrutinised about every little idiosyncrasy you posses, not having to feel intensely judged for the clothes you wear or how much makeup you apply.
What’s it like to not be sexualised on the daily? Not having to freak out whenever you hear footsteps behind you or having to walk with your keys in your hands as self-defence, just in case?
I’d love to have friends and class mates ask about me and my life instead of if I’ve found a boyfriend yet or what happened with so-and-so.
I don’t know. I have so many theories on how men are less judged, but I’m sure that’s not true. I would like to know, just for one day, see the world through a man’s perspective.
So I’m meant to be writing about something I struggle with, but mentally I’m doing better than normal and I really don’t want to write about things which make me sad because then I’ll be sad. Does that make sense?
However, I don’t want to just throw you so I’ve decided to write about something else.
By the time this comes out, Taylor Swift’s folklore album will be out officially. I’m in love with this album so I’ve decided to review the album as a whole and share my honest thoughts and feelings.
This is a bit different so please let me know if you enjoy it and I’ll write more like this.
When I first listened to this album, all I could think about was how calming yet relatable all the songs where. It pays homage to lots of Swift’s early songs where she just played an acoustic guitar. I like how all the albums are in black and white because it just reinforces the aesthetic style she’s showing here. Also the fact she wrote an entire album during lockdown puts us all to shame. All I’ve really done is watch a load of Netflix. (I was trying to think about other things but that’s pretty much it… oops).
There are sixteen songs on this album so I’m going to try go into each of them and my thoughts on them.
Track listing and Thoughts
the 1 – the melody is amazing and the lyrics are so raw and I just think it’s so catchy in a perfect way.
cardigan – Honestly my favourite song of the whole album. It’s the perfect amount of angst and the lyrics and melody combined is perfectly haunting.
the last great american dynasty – so quirky and slightly upbeat and based on a true story. Rolling Stone did a full article about the backstory which is a really fascinating read and talks about the songs star, Rebekah Harkness and Easter eggs you may have missed. Check that out here.
exile – truthfully, not my favourite song. However, Bon Iver’s and Taylor Swift’s voices together is the most gorgeous thing I think I have ever heard. Personally, I find it slightly too slow but the lyrics hit home.
my tears ricochet – a gorgeous song yet again, with ever-current and relatable lyrics.
mirrorball – being brutally honest here, I find this a relatively skippable song out of all of them. The high notes may give me chills, but, it’s honestly a pretty forgettable song.
seven – strong lullaby vibes from this song. A perfect mix of her old songs and her more recent work but somehow still sounding new and fresh.
august – a calming song with a fascinating chorus with a plethora of notes. It’s also called August which I think is super cute because eeeyyyy birthdayyyy
this is me trying – lyrics which as much as I don’t want to admit, I really relate to. Each of the lyrics make me go “eek, that’s me” and I love it.
illicit affairs – I don’t really have much to say about this song except I adore it, her voice my G O D and the way she says “illicit affairs and clandestine meetings” does something to my heart.
invisible string – The guitar is amazingly simplistic but it works so well. The whole song is just her life and I love how it flows. Also, the colour hints and subtle hints to her other songs, I see what you’re doing Taylor!
mad woman – Yet another total banger of a song. Swift has an incredible talent for writing true feminist anthems. It talks a lot about how domestic abuse victims can be seen as a “crazy ex” which really hits home and makes me feel as though I’m less alone.
epiphany – a song to just close your eyes and really listen to. I don’t have much to say about this song except I can’t help but listen to it over and over.
betty – there is a harmonica at the start, then throughout the song it’s amazing. This entire song takes me back to all the fights I had with friends and how differently they could turn out. It reminds me of a modern twist of Fifteen and I think it’s genius. Another firm favourite for sure.
peace – honestly nothing to monumental. It sounds lovely but it’s not one which makes me go woah
hoax – a strong finish to a strong album. Nothing like anything she’s done before, it seems very fragile but also hard hitting and it’s just a great listen.
Overall, I love this album. I think it’s a work of pure passion and you can tell it’s just emotions layered over each other. However, I do love her fast-paced songs and I can’t help but yearn for more of that. It’s a very chilled album and I’m pretty sure I’ll be listening to it while I revise and complete schoolwork.
Considering the fact she just casually made this album so we have something to listen and relate to is amazing and it just shows how amazing she is. The order of the songs is genius too, if you don’t understand, look at the track listing and the song titles and you’ll appreciate it.
Thank you so much for reading, let me know if you want to see more like this! I love reviewing things and I’ve never reviewed an album before, so let me know if you want more like this!
Politics is shambles. You don’t really know what’s going on and neither do the leaders for about four years but then you blink and suddenly everyone’s having Brexit parties for some reason or another. There’s always some sort of non-political politics related scandal about an MP being a not-so-secret bigot or a US presidential candidate being accused of some horrific act which makes your blood boil. But hey! That’s politics! What a world we live in am I right? So, now I have stated my ever increasingly controversial opinion on politics, might as well go right to the deep end and talk about UK General elections voting age.
Looking over these rules, overall, I don’t really have an issue with them, except for one. That one is the age. I have such strong opinions on it, I wrote a whole essay on it in my Year 10 mock citizenship exam. It was an 8 Mark question and I wrote well over two pages (I did get full marks though which is cool). So, to reiterate my point but to a larger audience, I think the voting age should be lowered from 18 to 16. There are so many reasons, but I am here to discuss a small three with you. Please comment your opinions below, I love hearing from people, and I love debates! DISCLAIMER: for many of these points I will be using hyperboles, and so even though the facts are true (I’ll leave the links I used at the bottom of this article) my opinion may be exaggerated to prove the point – debates must do. This is a controversial subject but I am not one to shy away and so I am going to face this head on. I mean no disrespect to anyone; these are just my thoughts and feelings.
Firstly, I think that the voting age should be lowered because anyone who is registered as a UK citizen can vote, and those under 18 are UK Citizens also. This includes perpetrators like those who have committed heinous acts against society. So, if we are giving permission to serial killers to express their freedom, why can’t we allow innocent 16-year olds to express their basic human rights to freedom and expression? (Article 19 – Universal Declaration of Human Rights). At this point, it begs the question, is this just a basic act of human decency Britain, or is it a deprivation of the human rights that we get taught about as soon as we start school? Statistically, people do not want young people to vote because they feel there is no point as the voter turnout will not be affected. This is a valid concern since in 2017 43% of 18-19-year olds did not vote in the general election. This is staggering compared to the fact that a mere 16% of over 70-year-olds did not vote. However, the reason why so many young people did not vote is because they did not understand the concept. They were not fully educated on the matters which meant they did not understand what the difference between voting for lib-dems or the conservatives would make. There is a simple solution to this “conundrum”: We educate the younger generation on voting – we explain how to vote, why their vote matters, all the different parties, left-wing vs right-wing etc. Not only does this make young people more prepared for their future and make them more well-rounded individuals, but it also makes the voter turnout greater, meaning that Britain will be a true democracy with equal amounts of different demographics voting.
If we look at the laws that sixteen-year olds hold, they are very questionable and at some points controversial. The laws a sixteen-year-old hold are shown in figure 2:
Many of these laws are very controversial and would raise a few eyebrows. Furthermore, when you are aged thirteen, you are told you must choose your GCSE options, something which greatly shapes your future. The fact we are giving young people this control, but not to choose something which greatly shapes the future of this country is definitely wrong. In conclusion, I think we should lower the voting age from eighteen to sixteen because it is the young peoples future, it gives them good life skills for the future and it increases the chances of an equal democracy. Thank you for reading, please like this post if you enjoyed it, comment your views and opinions on this topic and follow this blog if you want to see more about what I write 🙂