You are either a normal person or a sexist. – Maisie Williams

I was having a mild brain-wander about the reconciliation between feminism and religion today on the bus home from work. This replaced the 5.30pm restless snooze that a 50 minute bus journey has made a semi-normal part of my day. Somehow all that I could think about was definition. From the inside perspective, one can… Continue reading You are either a normal person or a sexist. – Maisie Williams

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Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power. – Oscar Wilde

I've been in enough "is this a date?" situations. Before you think this is countless amounts, a couple is more than enough. I hope I never have to sit through it again, whether I'm sitting in a café or at my laptop, cringing away from a person or a Messenger screen. A (male) friend postulated that… Continue reading Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power. – Oscar Wilde

In Genesis, it says that it is not good for a man to be alone; but sometimes it is a great relief. – John Barrymore

An episode of Netflix's "Love" shows a mess of a woman struggling to spend an evening alone without getting drunk or high; an addict the show may portray her to be, but the cliché perpetuates that us young 'uns (anyone under 40) just don't know how to be alone. Or is it that we're so… Continue reading In Genesis, it says that it is not good for a man to be alone; but sometimes it is a great relief. – John Barrymore

But one cannot sit in the midst of things forever. – Lemony Snicket

I read a few books in the A Series of Unfortunate Events volumes when I was younger, and I'm sorry to have only completed them now. Daniel Handler, a.k.a Lemony Snicket, treats the children as adults and the adults as children; a frustrating, refreshing, and frustratingly refreshingly realistic view. The three Baudelaire children journey through turmoils and… Continue reading But one cannot sit in the midst of things forever. – Lemony Snicket

The past is a foreign country, they do things differently there. – L. P. Hartley

Rereading the previous posts is a bit of strange visit to the past: the first, to an old job, the second, to a paper I wrote three years ago during my Bachelor's, and the third, to a book I picked up travelling in India and read on holiday in Spain. In the space since the… Continue reading The past is a foreign country, they do things differently there. – L. P. Hartley

After the ecstasy, the laundry. – Jack Kornfield

I've recently finished a book on spirituality, mainly centred around Buddhism and Buddhist experiences, but including many other Jewish, Christian, Sufi, and Hindu accounts. The book is supposed to be an insight into what happens after you have worked hard to achieve enlightenment: more hard work. And then more hard work. A mystic's striving is… Continue reading After the ecstasy, the laundry. – Jack Kornfield

Of all the sexual aberrations, chastity is the strangest. – Anatole France

I am going to make a sweeping generalisation about Christianity: it is commonly assumed that Jesus was celibate and single. This is rarely discussed and even more rarely doubted except amongst a select few who choose to question the perpetuation of this assumption. Le Donne claims that the quest for Jesus’s wife only reveals our… Continue reading Of all the sexual aberrations, chastity is the strangest. – Anatole France