Animals and Us The personification of animals in modern wildlife documentaries is both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand it makes their lives relatable to us, helps us empathise with the ups-and-downs of a wild living, helps us appreciate the wonderful, safe bubble we have built around ourselves and makes an otherwiseContinue reading “Animals as Symbols: A Lion Attacking a Stag”
Category Archives: Culture
The Patriarchal Health Crisis
A serious look at the health crisis in men and the significant contributory factor of the masculine identity and the social expectations placed upon men by society as a whole to perform a masculine role.
Cats in Culture
A look at the cultural importance of cats to humans down through the millennia, examining what, exactly, the portrayal of cats says about us rather than vice versa. Released for International Cat Day 2021.
Men, We Need to Talk About Violence
A long-read about maleness, masculinity and masculinised violence. Looking at how violence disproportionately affects, and is perpetrated by, men. My discussion on the psychological, sociological and anthropological implications and potential ideas of how we can help moving forward.
The Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing
A look at a few concepts of value, and some psychology of economics with a view to me puzzling out my own future.
The Fire Still Burns: The Enduring Legacy of Dark Souls
Given the performance of my prior piece about ludism I don’t expect this will perform too well but given that recently I’ve been doing three things; 1) feeling very nervous, 2) reading the bible (point 1 unrelated) and 3) playing Dark Souls; and I’ve already written a piece about feeling nervous, I am left withContinue reading “The Fire Still Burns: The Enduring Legacy of Dark Souls”
Thinking to Hell and Back: Wicked Problems
We discuss the sociological concept of ‘Wicked Problems’ problems that are complicated, have no easy solutions, have no necessarily right or wrong answers but that tear our societies apart nonetheless.
We Need to Talk About Love
Probably an article more suited to release a few weeks ago, around Valentine’s Day and all. I am writing this because I am currently doing an analysis of “Tess of the d’Urbervilles” and I have realised that despite the fact that it is supposedly a romantic tale, despite the fact that it is supposedly aboutContinue reading “We Need to Talk About Love”
Tess of the d’Urbervilles – An Introduction
CONTENT WARNING: Contains discussions about sexual assault, rape and infant mortality. I am still finding trouble processing my thoughts on Tess, but let me begin with a brief summary of the plot of the book the full title of which was once “Tess of the d’Urbervilles: A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented” which…we’ll likely discuss atContinue reading “Tess of the d’Urbervilles – An Introduction”
Why Does ‘We Lack Discipline’ Engage with Academics?
If we’re so anti-establishment, if we’re the fucking mean punk school, why do we give a shit? You know it’s a valid question and one I have been struggling to come up with an answer for. I am choosing to directly confront the issue today because of one reason. Today I got a like fromContinue reading “Why Does ‘We Lack Discipline’ Engage with Academics?”