First Thoughts on Channel 4 – The State

The State - Ep1
(Picture: Channel 4)

Okay, so firstly, I didn’t know if I was going to discuss The State. And secondly, I decided that if I did, I wasn’t going to discuss it until I’ve watched the series in it entirety. However, after #TheState started trending on Twitter, I couldn’t resist clicking the link and read other people’s views on the show. Which then subsequently resulted in me opening up WordPress, and writing this post.

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My Meeting with a Holocaust Survivor

Recently I went to Kraków in Poland with uni, and it was here I met Monika Goldwasser.

I visited the Galicia Jewish Museum located in the Jewish Quarter of Kraków, a permanent photo exhibition documenting/celebrating the lives of the Jewish people in this area.

Once we finished our tour, we were directed to a room in the back of the building where we were met with a glamorous woman with long black hair pinned up in a beehive shaped bun. She was beautiful, but I noticed she never smiled. I also noticed her eyes, they were so sad.

Now, when one thinks of a Holocaust survivor, one mostly like thinks of a person who has survived a concentration camp. However, how Monika Goldwasser survived the Holocaust was miraculous.

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“So, you’re a feminist?”


Yes, I’m a feminist, your point being? I don’t understand the big deal. To say you’re a feminist, means you believe that men and women should be treated equally, WHAT IS SO HARD TO GRASP? IT MAKES YOU A DECENT HUMAN BEING TO SAY, “oh yes, I believe that men and women should be treated the same on a social, political, economic, personal level”.

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Just like with anything, people take things one step too far. The term “feminazi” refers to radical feminists who preach that women should have superiority over men, that bras symbolises oppression, that if women shave their body hair, they’re letting down the feminists. Well, no. What being a feminist actually means is that you believe that men and women should be treated equally, no ifs, ands or buts.

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Emotional abuse is still abuse.

This post is different from my others, it’s a rather personal post. I was apprehensive about posting this because it doesn’t exactly go with my blog and also, quite frankly I was scared as it is something that I rarely speak about. But I feel it is something that needs to be spoken about as I feel that people are not aware of what it is, and I also feel that it is considered a taboo subject. I was in a toxic relationship and I was not aware of what emotional abuse was until really when I got out of the relationship about a year ago. I’m not going into detail about my experiences because for one, I don’t want to relive it; and two, if he finds this post, he’ll get mad and I doubt he wants his name tarnished.

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