This Girl Can

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Sport England, have been running a woman focussed campaign in a bid to open discussion around encouraging positive body image and healthy lifestyles to close the gender gap between men and women in sport.

Research has found two million fewer women than men aged 14-40 year olds in total play sport.

The media plays a big influence in how we associate the world, its great to see adverts such as these placed in shopping centres across UK, the above advert was in Leeds. The more we see women in sport and media encourages an attainable image that inspires other women, to open up get involved and achieve what those similar to them have. A positive role model is a powerful tool in connecting and inspiring people to reach beyond their limits and break barriers.

When it comes to adverts, media and news, as individuals we tend to view it from the angle we see the world reflecting our own beliefs and experiences that create our own interpretations. Advertisements by being shown often help to change associations and stigma in society by altering and normalising attitudes.

 These have a positive effect, shown in the This Girl Can campaign which encouraged 1.6 million women to exercise.

Not only defying the expectation of women in society but also breaking cultural barriers of woman from certain faith backgrounds. This offers a depiction of women worldwide who can access exercise and sport, cutting down obstacles to get involved and improve general fitness, whilst remaining in the religious and cultural boundaries.

It was great to see the This girl can campaign in action!

#ThisGirlCan

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Is that how I really look? 

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Ever looked at yourself in the mirror, seen yourself in a shop window, or caught yourself in a reflection and not liked or recognised what was on the other side ? What if this became an obsession and was all you could think about?

Body Dysmorphic Disorder is a body image anxiety related disorder, where a person has a distorted view of their body image. Each year, it is estimated 1 in 4 people will experience mental health related problems

According to the NICE guidelines (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) who set the care expectations for health, public health and social care professionals across the U.K. Body Dysmorphic Disorder is characterised by time‑consuming behaviours such as mirror gazing, comparing particular features to those of others, skin picking and reassurance seeking.

Body Dysmorphic Disorder is often linked with other mental health conditions such as obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, substance abuse, and eating disorders.

Body Dysmorphia in sports and especially men:

Generally speaking men in society find it harder to speak out about personal issues where feelings and body image are discussed. Therefore, making it harder for the problems to be detected and go unnoticed.

Body Dysmorphia is highly common in situations where high importance is placed on physical appearance, in particular with sport and more in those of aesthetic appreciation.

Athletes especially, may suffer Muscle Dysmorphia as they hold an emphasis of obsessive traits to getting bigger, losing body fat and having more muscle. These thoughts can be seen as ‘normal’ routine and behaviour, which are praised by coaches for the level of dedication and intense training. This results in Muscle Dysmorphia being normalised and going unnoticed as a problem.

Have a look at this article that looks at ‘Muscle dysmorphia: One in 10 men in gyms believed to have ‘bigorexia’

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/34307044/muscle-dysmorphia-one-in-10-men-in-gyms-believed-to-have-bigorexia

Finally it’s a sport!

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Parkour: Is movement to get from one place to another using the fastest method

Freerunning: Is the artistic and gymnastic movement that is more visually impressive than Parkour.

The UK has come a long way in regards to sport, by becoming the first country in the world to appreciate the art of Parkour, officially recognising it as a sport!

 Why is it good that it’s a sport?

  • It can be taught in the national curriculum in a safe and educational setting strengthening stamina and mind power
  • It has access to funding and government support providing benefits, that other sports receive
  • Raises recognition, appreciation and inspiration!

Starting the sport myself in 2015, I have always been fascinated by the ability to train the body to move artistically through air.

The practice of this sport encourages creativity and opens up the mind to playing with the environment around, where there are no limitations creating a space for the unexpected, that is full of trial and error.

In years to come, maybe the new sport will be competed in the Olympics! To me that would be amazing to see, the different countries interpretation of Parkour incorporating movement with their own culture, colours and country!

I was amazed to find Parkour in India-controlled Kashmir. It is remarkable to find sport that brings inspiration especially for those living in war torn countries, an art of movement that brings enlightenment!

This expression of movement depicts the fight against political struggle, stepping towards broadening minds and providing a light of hope!

Let me know your thoughts on this?

What is identity to you?

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Growing up, I have been challenged to think more about my identity, what it means to me and how I relate to it.

In my younger years living as a minority, I adapted to living in a majority white society, being the only non white  in my primary school.

However, as I got older I started to feel the labels being placed on me, were purely judged for how I looked. My ethnic appearance, gender and age being the first thing I was judged on with pre-conceived ideas of what I was about.

The struggle to disapprove these ideas received  surprise as it was out of the norm of what someone ‘like me’ should behave like opposing the ‘labels’ ‘representation’ and ‘standards’. I was showing myself for the individual that I am, in human flesh away from a tick box.

Sometimes, ‘diversity’ on the screen and media can feel like it is just a coloured face as part of an inclusion exercise,  with no substance that strips the real individual away. It is as though the background has to be concealed and all aspects of the individual has to conform to be accepted.

As a result, I feel torn with my identity, but realised it is not simple and is changing for all the different things I represent. I can only be true to myself, and  fight against expectations of what someone like me should be like, finding my own identity.

I  fall into many categories that have shaped my personality, thoughts and way of life just like everyone else.  I present an image for those that have presumed ideas on what people like me should be like.

I am a patchwork of beliefs, cultures, interests and I stand for more than just to be defined by the heritage of my appearance.

I  fight to break barriers and defy expectations that are put on by others, standing for everything that I am!  My identity is that I am ME-whatever that may be!

From this, please realise that: You cannot  conform. Your ‘identity’ is what makes you, You-and thats the beauty!

Leave your comments below, I would love to hear what identity means to you? #BBCIdentity

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Why are you called Silent8butterfly?

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Answer:  It is a metaphor for the nature of the website that attempts to talk about stories and broad topics openly.The name is about breaking silence and ‘Silent8butterfly’ is about how remaining silent can destroy something fragile like an innocent butterfly.

It’s in the sound of words:

Silent 8 butterfly = Silence ATE the butterfly

The name is about the importance of speaking up, using the power of the voice and word

Why has March been a bad month?

mapThis March 2016, has seen horrific attacks and killings spreading from the East to the West in a short space of time of 3 weeks. My thoughts to the world and in particular the countries in recent pain Turkey, Belgium, and Pakistan.

It is upsetting to see and to be immune to attacks like these occurring so frequently. When there is pain in the world, we hurt together and unite as humans. This is a mention to not forget the innocent lives lost and to the loved ones affected from the horrible aftermath.

Turkey was the first to receive an explosion on 13th March where it was reported a car bomb exploded in the Turkish city of Ankara killing 32 people and wounding more than 100. And not to forget- this is was the second recent attack in Turkey in the same city of Ankara as in February a bomb attack killed 28 people, and leaving dozens wounded.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-35798517

Brussels was next targeted on 22nd March where it is recorded two bomb explosions took place at the international airport, and another blast occurred at a metro station in the city centre. This saw at least 28 people killed and 340 injured.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-35869985

Pakistan is the most recent to experience an explosion on 27th March where 69 people have been killed and 193 at current injured at a public Park in Lahore in Punjab-Pakistan’s largest and wealthiest province.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-35908512

 

These sporadic attacks are disgusting acts designed to divide and conquer to instill fear and instability worldwide.

They clearly show that there are no borders in evil and hate spreads across all countries. We stand up to fight, together as humans all for peace.

To all the innocent lives lost you are not forgotten, we stand for you!

I admire those who carry on with life the next day as normal, and to those that react in these situations without hesitation from the firefighters, police, doctors and general public whose positive spirit has not allowed the darkness to overcome the light.

-Keep the flame burning bright X

Leave your comments whats your thoughts? Share along 🙂

What is a Terrorist?

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A recent event in Czech took place on 24th February 2015 which saw a gunman killing 8 people in a restaurant.

It was disappointing to find the report using words such as  ‘”Bursts” “Shooting indiscriminately” and “Worst mass shooting” “Police described it as the worst mass shooting incident on record” in Czech. However, this was not classed as a TERRORIST by the interior minister.

According to the terrorism act 2000, terrorism includes “serious violence against a person, a threat to a persons life; serious risk to the health and safety of the public” This event fits the definition of the word as it is only a terrorist who causes terror by killing 8 people in a public restaurant. According to the law this is the definition of Terrorism. However, in todays society it seems that people’s perceptions have changed when they associate with “terrorist acts” confusing it with only being capable from a person with religious motivations. It is upsetting many are shown to believe this. A terrorist can be anyone!

Both good and bad deeds come from humans who use any means to justify their acts coming from array of people of all colours backgrounds and differences. Humans are complex and have created the most inspiring and compassionate developers moving humanity forward, to the most heartless destroyers creating evil in the world

So what does this show? We are all capable of good and bad. It is only up to us as individuals to change how we see the world and each other.

Fear controls people, it puts us into boxes makes a complex world seem simple by labelling differences.

Here is the link to the Czech shooting article, please have a look for yourself and let me know what you think:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-31608932

India’s Racism

humanIndia, a country rich of culture and eastern flavours famous for the spirituality many travel to find in Hinduism. A country rich of culture and iconic sites such as Taj Mahal and the rise of the Bollywood culture has put India on the map. It is a diverse nation with many languages spoken and rich in history with a variety of ethnic groups and religions. It has seen many changes, from the rule of the British Empire to the India- Pakistan partition resulting in 200,000 to 500,000 people killed in the Punjab region. As well as, 14 million Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims displaced during the partition; the largest mass migration in human history- estimation from UNHCR.

In Modern times, India is a BRIC country Brazil, Russia, India, and China- the world’s largest emerging economies, creating close ties and respect from other nations.

However, for a country that is growing in power and has international admiration a political party that is in government Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP-Indian People’s Party) whose ideologies are based on right- wing nationalism specifically to unite Hindu India and strengthen Hindu Indian culture. It is a clear political system that does not represent all groups in Indian society such as Muslims and Christians.
Elections took place from 7 April to 12 May 2014 with BJP winning a swooping triumph, taking 336 seats. Since 1984 Indian general elections it is the first time since a party has won enough seats to rule without the support of other parties.

For a country to be voting so highly and gaining this support for this political group with a specific agenda in mind, perhaps it reflects the Indian attitudes in society.

This government is not classed as an extremist group, but the ideals they stand for and what they want to implement show a different reality-this has not received much attention by other nations who have relations with them. As a global society foreign policies are discussed more openly, where outer countries have voiced concerns such as Russia’s Sochi anti-gay laws.

Recently, Indian government conducted mock security drills using fake “militants” dressed as Muslims linking religion with violence.

Other ethnic groups are targeted for extremism-India’s BJP government is the same