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Sense of humor can often be a funny thing; but this particular story is about a sense of humor failure and as such, less hilarious. Even at the age of 5 or 10 or 15, such a stunt would have seemed gimmicky. After crossing 40, it might be forgivable - at best - but forgotten, that seems nothing short of fantastical. Frieha Altaf, a fashion model and entrepreneur, tells an Instagram tale, which offers an eerily fitting metaphor for a stereotype that has plagued Pakistanis for decades - one that many of us have been trying desperately to rid ourselves and our nation of – and then a story like this appears and undoes all the progress made so far: that is, the popular belief that we are a land of self-proclaimed “judges”, who revel in squandering a large part of our lives offering pro-bono...
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Dear chetan bhagat, First of all if you have forgotten who you are then let me remind you once. You are writer, an influencer who has the power to influence ppl with your thoughts and ideas. I do feel how hurt you must over crackers banning issue bcs not only children, we even youngsters cannot think of diwali without crackers. But are really out of your mind or you have just forgot about the riots happening in India bcs of religious differences. Do you have any idea how your comparing cracker ban to ban on muharamm can make conflicts. You must be right in banning the bloodshed on muharamm. But why the hell are you dragging this issue now. Is it necessary. I repeat again that you are an influencer so instead of dividing the nation by comparing two religious festivals try something...
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NOTE : The following article is a reflection of my own ideas regarding feminism today. Although it might sound generalized, it is only based on the behavior I have observed. Anybody agreeing/disagreeing is free to provide feedback through comments. Since a few days now, I had been observing the rising 'obsession' over feminism. It struck me this morning, when I picked the newspaper only to come across an article promoting just that. I was so disturbed, that I just abandoned the newspaper altogether. I thought of putting this rage to some use and writing about it. I am not sure if a lot of people think this way though. Most people today are focusing and giving much thought to the idea of feminism. This is a result of many years of suppression of women in society. They were...
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"Light n***a, dark n***a, faux n***a, real n***a, poor n***a, rich n***a, house n***a, field n***a...still n***a". The hook to the recent popular and controversial "The Story of OJ" song by rap megastar Jay-Z may have ruffled a few feathers with the overuse of the "N word" ,a Hip Hop term of endearment, or one that is culturally insensitive(depending on who you ask), but his message was very clear throughout the song. There are many different variations of African American people, but at the end of the day we are all BLACK. Since that's the case one would think African American would be a united force fighting their way through the struggles of being black in America in 2017 right? Wrong. We definitely know how to stick together for things such as Black Lives Matter and various...
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About two weeks or so ago, everyone started to rave about a show on Netflix called "13 Reasons Why", which is essentially about a teenager who commits suicide and takes you through her reasoning and why she did it. I read the book which was very good, I am currently watching the Netflix series and am impressed at how well it is mirroring the book. However, with the new show surfacing comes a lot of critiquing, memes, jokes, you name it. This is NOT something to joke about. Depression and suicide are real, it is not just something that happens in movies are books. Depression takes lives with no turning back. As a woman who suffers from depression, it really upsets me seeing ignorant memes and comments on Facebook about how people are so dramatic and "Welcome to your tape". It doesn...
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Dear Guardian Letters, In February artist David Hockney reworked The Sun newspaper’s logo as a publicity stunt to promote Brexit and his retrospective exhibition at Tate Britain. This came as a surprise to many artists, curators as well as people in Liverpool who have campaigned against The Sun newspaper for over 27 years. A banal report by Jonathon Jones (Guardian, 3 February 2017) failed to address any of the political symbolism of this unusual gesture. The Sun tabloid paper has long represented misogynist anti-intellectualism, stirring up racial and homophobic fear and hatred. In 2016 the newspaper urged its readers to vote to leave the European Union, blaming immigration for the conservative government cuts to public services. Whilst the desire to increase the diversity of...
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I myself am an artist. I have worked in areas regarding art such as volunteering in events and being part of the art club. I have spent so many years focusing on my abilities to draw at first out of boredom then out of a hobby. Soon this became an important part of my life that it’s allowed me to become skilled in creativity and drawing. I’ve helped other peers in my school life when it came to drawing or anything regarding arts and crafts. Art is a revolutionary thing. It is so important and significant that it has become such a big part of the human culture that it practically defines one side of our coin. See the beauty of art is that it can actually help people. Art therapy has allowed those who suffer from certain problems that people deal with.Art is something that allows the...
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If I told you that people should be talking more, away from their technology and media, would you agree? Would it be remiss of me to cast aside face-to-face interaction as if it were the shredded paper of something intrinsic to social customs? Those customs, that perhaps, in fact probably, led to the breakdown of language barriers and intolerance a long time ago. A few it seems, actually a lot, would say “Yes.” It’s increasingly apparent that we look down on the tools of the millennial trade as though they are inhibitors of the conversation. A conversation that was once had, but no longer exists – apparently. We’ve heard it all. “How would this generation survive without Wi-Fi?” “How did WE survive without Facebook?” And then of course come the solutions. The answers to...
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Merry Christmas everyone! This is for everyone in the world, no matter your race, gender(s), religious preferences, etc. I know I have just offended over half of the world so sorry but it is my belief and right to say "Merry Christmas." This should be a world filled with love all year long. The feelings of Christmas, those wonderful, hope-filled feelings that everything is going to be okay should last all year. The way people come together to make sure shelters have money, food, clothing, etc. should happen all year. We should be doing this all year. Efforts should be made all year to pay kindness, trust, food, shelter, clothing, etc forward. A truce should be called, especially here in the United States. Our country, the greatest in the world, for showing compassion to...
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Why is it considered funny when people mock others? On TV or in movies we call it comedy but in real life it is bullying and shaming. Do people really find it funny when others are mocked? I don't. I find it degrading and embarrassing. I want to crawl into a corner and deny I ever knew those doing it. I don't do those things and I don't condone it. I make a comment that I didn't find that funny and would you please explain why humiliating someone, pointing out their flaws or idiosyncrasies in front of others is a good idea. But I realized after watching an extremely short news op on the walkout of Amy Schumer's comedy show that most people who do this are very insecure. She decided to attack Donald Trump and had to have some of the audience removed when they started booing...
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