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Members of Russian punk band, Pussy Riot, found guilty of hooliganism

I don’t think I could call this a human rights blog if I didn’t post something about this terrible injustice. Pussy Riot are an inspiration, to say the very least.  I can’t imagine the kind of courage it must take to stage such an explosive event – one which would inevitably hold the risk of severe consequences.  This group of feminists are role models for every young person out there, because they refuse to sit back and do nothing, they fight for their cause, they stand up to what can only be called an evil dictator for crying out loud, and will go to jail for it.  Not only is the fact that three Pussy Riot members have been sentenced to 2 years in jail an injustice, so is calling their actions hooliganism.  Hooligans wreak havoc, they destruct.  They don’t fight for good, they don’t inspire and they sure as hell don’t risk their lives. Their bravery is commendable, inspirational, and the injustice with which they have been served should stand as a warning to younger generations, yet another indication of the terrible effect power can have, and what we must ward away from. We must take heed, before we simply repeat the mistakes of the past.

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Miss Representation

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Jennifer Siebel Newsom wrote, directed and produced the documentary Miss Representation, a film exposing the shocking influence the media has on self image, and the degrading way in which women are represented.

I am not a huge fan of her as a speaker. While she is passionate, it is not displayed in a way in which captures my attention. However, what she is actually saying is fantastic. Her message is shocking, and its one that everyone should pay attention to. The fact is that even if progress has been made in terms of inequality between the sexes, this problem is not one of the past. Jennifer Siebel Newsom is an inspiration because she has fought for women, and fought against the injustice facing women in the world. Women need to take a stand against this discrimination. If not, we face a lifetime of inequality, and so do our daughters.

Be Proud to be You

Too many people are not proud to be themselves, myself included. I have spend most of my life trying to fit myself into society’s expectations of me. However, I have come to an important realisation. I don’t have to fit around society, and neither does anyone else. People make society, it should not make us. The time has come to fight for individuality and the right and freedom to be ourselves.

With that comes the battle for equality. A lot of the time, it seems that unless you are a white male with a high income, you’re inferior. Homosexuals, bisexual, ftms etc and ethnic minorities are still discriminated against, women are still forced to conform to a stereotype, not helped by the media’s degradation of them. I am only one among many who sees the extreme injustice in this fact and who intends to fight for a better world. But for everyone who campaigns for equal treatment, there is someone sitting ignorantly refusing to accept change or who is scared to fight for it. The battle for a society in which everyone is equal and free is one which must be undergone by everyone in order for it to be won.

This blog is dedicated to the campaign for equality, freedom and justice, and the ending of low self esteem and the feeling of inferiority that so many battle. I only hope I can make a difference.