Maisy ❤ September 2014

reading time: ca. 2 min

Hey there - 
besides enjoying my remaining semester break (and waiting for my bachelor's degree certificate, sigh) i picked up a few books from a charity book store and delved into one of the most intriguing and skilfully written thriller novel i have read in a long time (ever).

Read: Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn, 2012)

source: mkalty
The Plot:
Amy Elliot Dunne, daughter to wealthy psychologists and wife to an arrogant beau husband, goes missing. The police investigate - husband Nick Dunne being the main suspect since all the evidence points to him. After all, in 9 out of 10 cases the wife's killer is her husband. Isn't he?

The Writing:
Told from First Person (Nick) and Diary perspective (Amy), the author makes you believe you could trust the narrator - while in reality she tricks you once and once again. Without wanting to say too much about the content, the writing style of this thriller novel is excellent - easy-going, catchy, gripping. You may feel a little betrayed after a while (just wait and see), but this unreliability of the narrator is one of the reasons why this book is so fricking thrilling. Get it, read it, and you'll probably not put it down for a while.

The Message:
You can't trust anybody. Not even yourself.

Watched: Emma Watson UN Speech (2014)

Honestly, this time it is quite hard to pick a film i want to talk about because i haven't seen that many (really good ones) this month. And i only want to talk about films i really like. Since i watched Emma Watson's impassioned speech on feminism and gender last week and really liked it, that's what i want to talk about today. 
In October 2013, Emma Watson was voted Sexiest Female Movie Star in a worldwide poll. In September 2014, she spoke up as the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador to launch their campaign #HeForShe.

"My recent research has shown me that feminism has become an unpopular word. Women are choosing not to identify as feminists. Apparently, I am among the ranks of women whose expressions are seen as too strong, too aggressive, isolating and anti-men."

Some important statements from her speech:
- Gender equality is a male issue too 
- Men don't have the benefits of equality either
- Feminism has become an unpopular word (because certain campaigns portray the feminist cause as "man-hating")
- It is not the word that is important but the idea and the ambition behind it 
- There is no one country in the world where all women can expect to receive equal rights
- If men don't have to be aggressive in order to be accepted women won't feel compelled to be submissive
- If men don't have to control, women won't have to be controlled
- All that is needed for the forces of evil to triumph is for enough good men and women to do nothing. (Edmund Burke) 
- Ask yourself: if not me, who? If not now, when?

I think i never mentioned this on my blog, but personality-wise Emma Watson is my favourite celebrity because of her ambition to educate herself even though due to her fame and wealth she wouldn't depend on excellent a-evels, a bachelor's degree Brown University graduation in English literature and above that a certification as a meditation and yoga instructor. She educates herself nonetheless, and that's why i admire her.

Despite me being biased, this speech blew me away. It honestly made me shiver, either because of Emma's nervousness or because of my own when it comes to standing up for myself as a woman. To be completely honest, i myself was/am reluctant to call myself a feminist - i would only refer to myself as "emancipated" - because i didn't want to be labelled a "bossy", annoying, overpowering woman. Speaking of that: i wouldn't even call myself a "woman" but rather a "girl", defying the responsibility that comes along with growing up. But that's a whole nother topic... for now i would just like you to take a moment and examine yourself, your very own behaviour and attitude towards gender equality.

"When at 14 I started being sexualized by certain elements of the press. When at 15 my girlfriends started dropping out of their sports teams because they didn’t want to appear “muscly.” When at 18 my male friends were unable to express their feelings."

There is also a great video by John Oliver in his Last Week Tonight show on the topic of gender gap:

You just gotta love this guy.

Listened toBroken (Renja Schmakeit, 2014)

And the very few other songs that i listened to last month:

All Of Me by John Legend ft. Glee Cast
You Fuckin' Did It by Jason Mraz
Cups (You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone) by Anna Kendrick ft Sam Tsui, Alex G, Kina Grannis, Kurt Schneider
Summer (Club Killers Festival Trap Remix) by Calvin Harris
Addicted To You by Avicii
Forrest Gump Theme by Alan Silvestri (it is so sad and beautiful...)
Don't Stop Believin' by Journey
Wake Me Up When September Ends by Green Day


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