Gemma Styles On Being Trolled Online And How To Deal With It
From comments about my weight, clothes and friends to use of public transport (yeah really), there have been a lot of times I’ve received messages that merit an eyebrow raise. Photographed by Matilda Hill-Jenkins

so… i don’t think i’m gonna hear from that tiny independent movie theatre

which leaves me jobless in summer… AGAIN

WHY. whom did they want for a ticketeer though? fucking david fincher???

im so greatful for having gemma in my life and especially since shes an irl friend so i can see her often?? like we both gay and mentally ill af and we can just talk about anything bc shes so understanding and she relates to me heaps?? ritch-bitchhilu

also people talk a lot about getting rid of pompous academic talk in order to communicate with a wider audience but i actually think it should go both ways – why not introduce some of the simpler concepts, such as ‘narrative’ and ‘historiosophy’ into high school curriculum? and i don’t mean include them on a list of hard words students have to learn by heart. these things should be incorporated on a basic level. it’s vital for everybody in the 21st century to know that history isn’t just a set of facts and that its impact depends on who is telling it. i don’t think it’s too hard of a concept for 16yos, and if they learn the taxonomy too they might learn to sense when somebody’s simply trying to outsmart them by using academic lingo later in life

Book Review: Cowgirl by G. R. Gemin @ Pretty Books

Growing up on the embattled Mawr Estate in South Wales, all Gemma sees are burglaries, muggings, sadness and boredom. With a dad in prison and a mum who has given up hope, she, like everyone around her, is holding on to memories of the times when happiness wasn’t so hard to find.

When her search for the scene of a perfect childhood day takes her up into the surrounding hills, Gemma is forced into a meeting with the legendary Cowgirl. Everyone at school knows she’s a weirdo: six foot tall and angry, the only conversations she has are with the twelve cows on her dad’s farm. But with her abrupt arrival in Gemma’s life, everything starts to look different. And with her only friends in mortal danger of the abbatoir, it turns out she and Gemma have a mission on their hands. A gently funny story of a community coming together, this is a tale of happy endings in unexpected places. Continue to the (spoiler-free) review.

there’s this post about what the “new face” of social justice means in academic circles and i definitely won’t reblog it because it’s really precariously written but… i definitely agree that the “new” social justice as represented by people barely out of high school has a lot of elements of dogmatic inward thinking that doesn’t even allow for discussion (not in a ‘we’re disputing whether or not to introduce harmful laws’ way but rather in a ‘learn how to refute these shitty arguments and remain level-headed’ way) – this of course also goes for conservative youth BUT conservatives have always been known for this – and i understand that basically sometimes it places professors in an unenviable position, especially in a country like the us where the student also assumes the position of the customer. this would be another argument FOR free college imo - in poland i might have a lot of profs with crappy backwards views but i can argue with them without any repercussions. they can’t fail me either because uni is a public institution and there’s always a higher authority that can examinate my knowledge w/o much bias and so on. this has been on my mind for a long time, idek why i’m writing it down here.

anonymous asked:

omg the anon wanting to know stuff about gemmas sex life is making me so uncomfortable! what is wrong with people sometimes??

Haha I think it wasn’t a serious question from that person so I take it with humour.. When I checked my phone last night and saw this message, well I only read the first line just to check what the messages about it made me uncomfortable as well ha. x

anonymous asked:

what do you think gemma's sex life is like? i could never imagine wanting to sleep with anyone else after matty... haha but after my break up i've made some of the worst decisions i could possibly make i don't know if she would have too or not xx

I don’t wanna imagine a thing about her sex life and don’t wanna even think bout it haha. Well, yeah, after Matty I guess its tough for any guy 🙈😂 x x