Other stuff I learned from podcasts

Last week I wrote about some of the things I’ve learned from podcasts, and this is the continuation. While the last was a hodgepodge of things, this post revolves around interesting history-related stuff. The history of GDP   The Invention of ‘The Economy’ Planet Money Last year China’s GDP growth slunk down to around 6.7% from…

Things I’ve learned from podcasts (1/2)

Recently I’ve devoted my free time, and my free ears, to listening to podcasts. Many of the makers encouraged listeners to start promoting podcasts to friends and I thought I’d do my part. I can’t really tell you which one is my favourite, because at this point it’s like asking me to choose a child,…

To my mother

I had the privilege of being raised by a single mother. While this means I experienced childhood quite differently from most of my friends, I wouldn’t want to change a thing. My mother, you see, was the kind of woman who worked so hard to make sure she did more than make ends meet; single…

That Quarter Life Crisis

I’d say that the quarter life crisis millennials groan about is funny, except, it isn’t. As much as older generations would like to make light of it and believe that it is just made up, it’s real enough for psychological studies to have been carried out and for publications like The Guardian and Harvard Business…

Preaching Conditional Respect

“Girls,” the pastor preached from the pulpit of our youth service, “you have to respect yourselves. Cover your skin; you’re not meat on display in a window! When us guys see you dressed in those booty shorts or mini skirts we can’t help but look. We’re visual beings and it’s in our DNA to end…

By Process of Elimination

Your 20s is the time when you more or less have to start winging life on your own. No more instructions about what step should be next in your life and or when you’re supposed to take it. It’s absolutely confusing and terrifying for the lot of us who don’t know which direction we’re supposed…

Why Rape Culture Persists

When I was a preschooler, someone I trusted watched sexually explicit content in front of me. That person later pulled a blanket off of me and asked me to name my genitals. When I was 14, he touched my boobs whenever he got the chance. He was pretty sly about it though. He’d put his…

Posting for myself

The past two weeks have been happily spent running around London, Leeds, and York. As The Boyfriend puts it, there’s photographer fodder no matter where I look, and I’ve rarely ever been this shutter happy. I’ve taken to posting my photos on Instagram, and for the first time since I started my account, there’s some…

The privilege to choose what’s right

Do not steal. Do not lie. Do not hurt others. They’re straightforward and unspoken rules that allow us to live in a society without crime. But despite their simplicity, there exists a large number of criminals and entire neighbourhoods are rife with crime. It is easier to decide not to understand how this happens. It…

Being shameless

I am an aspiring painter. I am an aspiring entertainer. I am… not getting anywhere because I have no idea how to promote myself. Raised to never talk about my abilities to others (because “people will notice it themselves without you boasting.”),  broadcasting what I can do feels so counterintuitive, I change the topic before…

Consistency: The Dilettante Problem

Dorian Grey, the wretched old man who got away with everything because of his Adonis-like good looks. He dabbled in music, art, and all sorts of other things – he was a dilettante. And the moment I read that about him, I realised I had found the one word to describe me. Dilettante. Like most…

Being a housewife would be better

“What do you want to be?” I couldn’t answer. Right now I’m still not so sure. I’ve narrowed down my list by a lot in the last year or so, but when he asked I didn’t know what to tell him. His answer to my silence: Why don’t you be a housewife? I told him…