An Open Letter To All Men Concerning #YesAllWomen

Yes, finally. Hallelujah. Now let’s change the cultural norms, one person — man or woman — at a time.

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Let’s talk for just a moment about this #YesAllWomen thing. To be honest, when I first read it, I did what a lot of you did. I got defensive. The reason why is because I don’t rape women, I don’t look down on anyone, and I try to be respectful to everyone. So when I see women talking about living in fear it doesn’t register with me right away because I’m not someone that tries to inflict that fear.

The problem is that so many guys that feel this way don’t say, “hmm, what can I do to help this situation?” Instead, they get online and try to convince women that their feelings are false or that it’s their own fault for being fearful. That’s not helping. There are also men who have been attacked, abused, and live in fear. We all know this, but here’s what you have to…

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“NaMo”: How Modi May Change the Culture of India

It’s been a while since the elections in India, and to be honest, I don’t know enough about Indian politics and politicians, sadly enough. But I have heard my parents discussing the new Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, and the implications of the BJP sweep in the parliament. So I decided to learn more about the Indian political system, with the help of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and his segment “India Jones and the Elections of Doom”. (Which is worth watching to understand the fundamentals of Indian politics.) So this post is technically late, but I had to take some time to learn more about Modi – or “NaMo” as he is affectionately called by his followers. 

So let’s start at the very beginning: the basics. 

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“When I am writing, I am trying to find out who I am.”

Rest in peace, Maya Angelou. You were one of my favorite poets and authors, and I – along with the rest of the world (lets exclude the irrational beings, shall we?) will miss your ability to string words together to create such beautiful imagery and stories, in poetry and prose.

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Maya Angelou by Spanglej, CC BY-SA 2.0.Maya Angelou by Spanglej, CC BY-SA 2.0.

Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.

Find a beautiful piece of art. If you fall in love with Van Gogh or Matisse or John Oliver Killens, or if you fall love with the music of Coltrane, the music of Aretha Franklin, or the music of Chopin — find some beautiful art and admire it, and realize that it was created by human beings just like you, no more human, no less.

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.

When I am writing, I am trying to find out who I am, who we are, what we’re capable of, how…

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Get Ready for the Next Blogging U. Challenge: Writing 101

I definitely need some motivation to post updates, so I’m assuming there are other bloggers who need something similar. Spread the word, and good luck! 🙂

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Feeling a bit bereft now that Blogging 101 and 201 have wound down, or just looking for a way to cultivate good writing habits? Never fear, Writing 101 is here! (Well, it will be here, starting June 2.) Our next Blogging U. challenge moves away from the technical and design aspects of blogging to focus on your content. Writing 101: Building a Blogging Habit is a write-every-day challenge designed to help you create a writing habit while publishing posts that mesh with your blog’s focus and push you a bit as a writer. Here’s how it works:

  • We’ll post a new writing assignment just for Writing 101 each weekday in June here on The Daily Post. Assignments will publish at 10:00AM EST (14:00PM GMT).
  • There are no weekend assignments — you’re free to expand on a weekday post, write something unrelated, or (gasp!) spend some time away from your blog.
  • Each assignment includes…

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[TRANS] 140520 Cannes report: Which Korean movies have received love at the film market?

I’m honestly looking forward to watching this movie. I’ve been interested in this since I heard that one of my favorite singer-actors, Park Yoochun, was going to act in this. But then the plot-line looked extremely interesting, and I generally love Korean films. They have a way of getting to an audience through complex – though slightly predictable, but no less effective – emotions and story-lines. I can’t wait to see this! 🙂


As the movie which was asked the most questions, Finecut representatives have picked HAEMOO. HAEMOO is a movie in which director Bong Joon-ho has taken part as the producer. The representatives explained that it was because of the great influence of director Bong who has even received love in France with his movies “The Host” or “Snowpiercer”.

Source: Hankooki via Naver
Translated by: @Sheenathe6004
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Heart Transplant, by Andrew Vachss and Frank Caruso

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heartHeart Transplant is a story about bullying that is both engrossing and heartwarming. In the opening narration, a kid named Sean takes down the movie clichés about high school life, where outsiders are able to rise above their social position when the popular kids realize they are a beautiful swan instead of an ugly duckling, or the beautiful girl learns about how great the nerd is on the inside and rejects her jock boyfriend. Sean is an outsider, and as such he is ignored by the more popular kids unless it is convenient for them to notice him. “The only time anyone ever saw us was when they needed someone to make themselves look big. By making us small.”

Sean is from a terrible, broken home. His mother has had a steady stream of live-in boyfriends, each of which she has insisted that Sean call “Daddy.” Her latest one, Brian…

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Book Review Saturday: Thirty Girls

I recently got the time to start the books I’ve wanted to read in my reading list — aka it’s summertime! (Aside from summer classes and research of course.) So one of the books that was available and I really wanted to read was Thirty Girls, a novel by Susan Minot. It follows 2 women, Esther who was one of the students kidnapped by Kony’s forces from an all-girls boarding school in Uganda, and Jane, an American writer who needed time away from her life in America and decided to go to Africa and learn more about the thirty missing girls. 

As nearly 300 brave girls were kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria, nearly a month ago, I decided that now was an apt time to start reading this book. 

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