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The Hen Party

Hen Party – two words that usually result in a Jade-shaped hole in the neares

I was totes emosh, obvs.

A blog about language

‘I was totes emosh, obvs.’
If I speak it, and it is understood by another, it is language. It doesn’t matter which words I use, as long as I know that my conversational partner can understand them. The evolution of our language is indicative of a culture evolving, and now that the world is so much smaller (thanks to technology) our language is becoming a product of the evolution of many different cultures, and now also times: ‘I was totes psyched to be able to Skype you lady, huzzah!’ This sentence was actually said to me once (online no less, technology, huzzah) and I loved it , mostly because of the lovely sentiment, but also because I realised that that sentence spans nearly 700 years. The origins of the word ‘Huzzah’ can be traced back to the 13th Century, with the word ‘Hurree’. ‘Lady’ is also centuries old and yet I am seeing it used regularly on my 18 year old niece’s Facebook page. Very young girls are now calling their friends ‘lady’ as a term of affection. It’s pretty beautiful when you think about it. Feminism is now using old language and the young ladies using that language may not even be aware of it, but it’s beautiful nonetheless. (cont)

Women Aren't Funny

Women are not funny.

So said someone to me at an Edinburgh Fringe years ago. I was not a performer at that particular fringe; I was not producing a comedy show nightly to audiences. She was. Yes, she. That statement was said to me (on Chambers Street) by a funny woman in the middle of her comedy run at the largest arts festival in the world. We were walking in a group with her fellow performers looking for a late night bar. Following her statement, I said ‘what?’ her fellow performers said ‘yeh, women aren’t funny: at least not as funny as men.’ In the spirit of putting things in quotation marks, my brain (and possibly my mouth) said ‘fuck that’. I went back to my digs and wrote 5 minutes of stand up. I am not a stand-up comedienne, but I wrote the thing, because I was angry. I was really, really angry.

I’m not just angry at people saying that women aren’t funny; I’m angry that it was a woman who said that women aren’t funny. I’m not just angry at people saying women can’t be funny, I’m angry at anyone saying that a woman can’t do anything to the same standards as a man. It’s true that stand-up comedy started in men’s clubs. A man would literally stand up and tell a joke, and then another man would stand up and tell another as a response or an adage. It’s stand-up because you’re standing up. That night in Edinburgh, I chose to stand up. (Read more, click cont)

Why WWEOT is not nice, not needed and certainly not 'ART'

Tony Burke promises the world that he ‘isn’t a weird deviant’, and that his Facebook page WWEOT (Women Who Eat on Tubes) is in fact ‘art’.

Just in case you have missed this extraordinary phenomenon, Burke has created a Facebook group which encourages members of the public to photograph unsuspecting women on the tube as they eat and then upload their photos to the Facebook group where they are subjected to comment, ridicule and analysis. What alarms me more is the number of members this group has, and the number of people defending it.

I now think twice before eating on the tube, carefully scouting the carriage to see if anyone looks ‘the sort’ to want to take a photo of me eating my lunch (I try never to stereotype people). I don’t much want to be snapped and discussed on a website. Actually, the thought of it makes me feel extraordinarily uncomfortable. So, I’ve had a freedom taken away from me; my right to eat on the tube, without concern for invasion of my privacy.

My freedom being removed is not art.

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Being a Teacher - Blog Entry

Jade Allen

Jade Allen shares with us her love of being a teacher.

What does that mean?: Blog Entry

What does that mean?

Jade Allen blogs on academia & it's impenetrable language; is society 'too' clever?

"Lots done, lots to do": Blog Entry

Amie by Jennifer Toksvig

Amie Taylor writes on equal marriage.

The Fight Against Down Time: Blog Entry

Jade Allen

I adore my bed. My bed takes pride of place in the centre of my room.

Apologies blog

Apologies blog
I’m sorry but… I just want to apologise if I… Is that okay? It’s absolutely no problem if not… No, what I meant was…
What did I mean? 9 times out of 10 it was exactly what I said. The other 1 being when I have been genuinely and honestly misunderstood. I have been purposefully misunderstood too, that happens to too many of us, usually during altercations when our adversary is looking to win an argument at any cost and twists your point in order to do so.

I have been needlessly apologising for years. It has become a running joke with my best friend, who is now used to the call after our meetings when I am ringing to check I wasn’t annoying or unreasonable, or worst of all, boring. This has happened so often now that he laughs at me and then assures me that all is well and that what we had was a great conversation and a fun time. This sounds like the paranoia of a drinker, and yes, there have been many times in my adult life when I have woken hung-over and horrified, only to find out that my companions have been just as drunk as me and are just as apologetic. The fact is that usually, the night went swimmingly and we’re all a little shaky, hazy and uneasy the next morning with no good reason.

I’m not talking about the Sunday morning hangover, I am talking about a culture of apology prevalent in women, or so I have found. I’m talking about the meetings, the rehearsals, the classes where we start every sentence with ‘I’m sorry, but…’

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Feminine vs masculine

Does feminism mean we have to become more masculine?

I have a horrible secret, something I’ve kept bottled up for a long time and it’s something I couldn’t previously share… I liked Margaret Thatcher. I still like Margaret Thatcher. I am aware only of her major policies and I know that she disabled a huge portion of the country, but I like her anyway for other reasons. I like her because she took on men in a man’s game. I like her because she was a pioneer and the very first of her kind. I like her because she helped small business and my family had a small business. I guess it’s kinda personal. (MUCH MORE - CLICK 'READ MORE')