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My fur baby has anxiety…

Recently, my family went to adopt a dog from Cleadon Kennels in Sunderland and we came home with a beautiful, young husky called Shadow. He has anxiety.

Shadow is a really loving dog and he loves cuddles and teddy bears but he’s a very delicate soul. We were told that he had severe seperation anxiety when we took him home and it’s been so bad that he had three homes previous to ours. 

At his previous homes he had been left alone, beaten and attacked by a cat. He now gets nervous in closed off spaces, you can’t pat him (only stroke him) and if he is left on his own he cries and tears up carpets and furniture. 

He does occasionally have a whine when someone leaves the house but he comes to me and let’s me scratch being his ears. I found out that calmed him down shortly after we got him home. 

He was so nervous when he arrived but I was the first one he had warmed to. He came beside me and I scratched behind his ears until he fell asleep. 

I’m so happy to be part of his forever home. I love him.

It takes him a lot to warm up to a person but when he does he’s playful and sweet. He hasn’t been in our lives very long but he is already my best friend.

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My Top 10 Favourite Princess Dianna Quotes

1:

“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”

2:

“I like to be a free spirit. Some don’t like that, but that’s just the way I am.”

3:

“I don’t go by the rule book. I lead from the heart, not the head.”

4:

“Nothing brings me mire happiness than trying to help the most vulnerable people in society. It is a goal and an essencial part of my life – a kind of destiny. Whoever is in distress can call on me, I will come running, wherever they are.”

5:

“I think the biggest disease the world suffers from today is the disease of people feeling unloved.”

6:

“Family is the most important thing in the world.”

7:

“Hugs do great amounts of good.”

8:

“Every one of us needs to show how much we care for each other and, in the process, care for ourselves.”

9:

“If you find someone you love in your life, then hang on to that love.”

10:

“Only do what your heart tells you.”

It’s #NotACompliment to Birmingham Students

Jennens Court residence have been made uncomfortable by men lingering outside the halls to ‘catcall’ young women.

Charis Pardoe said that there is often a black car spotted need the Jennens Court Halls of Residence for Birmingham City University in which a group of men will sit and “shout at girls all the time.”

Catcalling has been an issue that’s spread UK wide through the #NotACompliment campaign that has aimed to get misogynistic acts such as street harassment to be taken more seriously under the category ‘hate crime.’

It has gained success in areas several areas nationwide but is still being dismissed by West Midlands Police.

West Midlands Police stated that ‘catcalling’ among other forms of street harassment ‘is not a crime as it isn’t aggressive. Being attacked because of your race, religion, because you’re gay or have an alternative gender identity is a hate crime.’

Despite it’s apparent “non-aggressive” nature, Birmingham Students have said that it makes them feel unsafe.

“I believe that street harassment should be considered a hate crime because of how offended it makes me feel,” says Vicky Bentley (18), Birmingham City University Student, “Harassment like this could lead to sexual assault.”

. A recent poll done by End Violence Against Women states that 85% of women in the UK have faced unwanted sexual attention between the ages of 18 to 24, 45% of these cases also experienced unwanted sexual contact and the majority of these women had their first ‘catcalling’ experience between the ages of 11 and 17.

As the evidence suggests street harassment has fast become a common problem but the #NotACompliment campaign is still aiming to get the issue taken seriously so that young women are able to walk the streets and feel safe.

 

Feminism in Musical Film

How have feminist messages in musical film changed over time? The musical film genre was first established in the early 1930’s and this classic sound was kept with it until the early 1950s. In 1953, Howard Hawks’ musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, was released. In which singers Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw travel to Paris, pursued by a private detective hired by the disapproving father of Lorelei’s fiancé to keep an eye on her, as well as a rich old man and many other admirers. This film establishes women as being materialistic through the character of Lorelei, played by Marilyn Monroe and her song ‘Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend’. This song is still very famous in the modern day but is still considered sexist by feminists.

The scene opens with cuts to different shots of all the backup dancers but when Marilyn begins to sing it is very rare that there are any cuts and there are a few zooms which brings her into focus as a character. She is objectified through the cinematography and mise en scene as she is wearing a lot of diamonds, she shakes her hips in a tight dress that shows her curves, all while tracking and wide shots are used as she is surrounded by men. Although some feminists may argue that her repetition of the word ‘no’ as she sings and hits some men with her fan could make her be seen as liberated as she has the right to say no. The shot of her surrounded by young women shows her as a mother figure as she says ‘he’s your guy when stocks are high but beware when they start to fall’ is a comment on the Great depression as well as the divide in old and new values of the female role in American society.

The messages surrounding the change in societies values is portrayed through the relationship between Lorelei and Dorothy as it is described by feminist blog thefword.org.uk as being  an ‘affectionate, mutually mocking relationship between the two leads is really the core of the film, with the men orbiting around them.’ This relationship is central to the narrative as Lorelei represents old societal values as she still believes in marrying for money but Dorothy believes in marriage for love which it was strange for women to not care about being ‘looked after’ as Lorelei often refers to it.  Overtime though, the representation of relationships between women still remains paramount to the narrative, as seen in Hairspray and Frozen.

Hairspray is a musical that focuses on equality for race in the 1960s but there are underlying feminist messages in the film. In the scene, ‘Welcome to the Sixties’ the relationship between Tracy and Mother Edna is exposed as a bonding point over the stereotypically feminine task of clothes shopping. The song features lyrics that show a change in society as Tracy sings, ‘Say hello to the love in your heart, yes, 1 know that the world’s spinning fast now, you gotta get yourself a brand new start’ which appears to go against what we are expecting to see, and we feel like there has been a pivotal point in the narrative where women aren’t looked down on for their appearance.

Our expectations are juxtaposed as the femininity is portrayed further through the name of the shop, ‘Mr Pinky’s’ but then diminished as being a place of shame as it’s called ‘Hefty Hideaway. This presents the ideology that women who are of a bigger size should be ashamed of their body shape. ‘Fat Feminism’ is a movement which is a primal contextual factor to the relationship between Tracy and her mother as well as their rivalry between Velma and Amber Von Tussle.

The rivalry between the two pairs of mother and daughter are shown at the end of the ‘Welcome to the Sixties’ scene as Velma said that Edna would ‘stop traffic’. It is also shown in the reprise of ‘Big, Blonde and Beautiful,’ where it is made evident that Velma looks down on Edna for her size as she sings the line ‘bet you’re tired of heavy lifting, get your hands on something small.’ This shows Velma as a sexually promiscuous woman, with the Blonde, tight, red dressed stereotype that is twined with the representation of Lorelei in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

Frozen on the other hand, deviates from the stereotype as it is a musical made by Disney for children. This film has been depicted by feminist critics as a feminist film as I it brings to light loyalty within sisterhood.

Frozen’s narrative surrounds sisters Elsa and Anna as they are separated due to Elsa’s curse. Feminists could argue that this film is against women having power as Elsa appears to be punished for having the powers that she was born with. When their parents die, Anna tries to reconnect the broken bond with her sister which isn’t achievable until the closing scene. The closing scene is what makes the film overall film a feminist film as Anna is the first Disney princess who arguably isn’t saved by a prince.

Disney have always been known for their adaptions to classic fairy tales but since the start of what is referred to by Empire Magazine in their review as the “Tangled Era” they seem to breaking a lot of conventions in their musical take on fairy tales. Frozen is an adaptation of the classic story of the Snow Queen but in tradition the Snow Queen is a femme fatal and not the hero. The Tangled Era is also notable as the title of the films no longer refer to the heroine as they did in Disney Classic’s such as Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Beauty and the Beast.

In the closing sequence of Frozen, shot reverse shots are used to display the distance between Christoph and Anna and then again with Elsa and Anna. The closeness of Elsa and Anna is mimicked through this as Elsa a shorter distance away than Christoph. Although, by this point the unsuspecting audience has already assumed that Christoph is the true love of Anna, she turns away and appears to sacrifice herself for her sister.