Life has been pretty hectic recently - intense job searching, preparing for my new course, participating in the Better Together campaign, and (of course) taking care of my little pets.
After receiving enough rejection letters to wallpaper my bedroom, job hunting has finally paid off! I was interviewed, first by telephone and then face to face, for a weekend position with a department store that will last for at least my first semester. This fits in perfectly with my course, and it seems like a good work environment. I’m looking forward to staring the job and, of course, returning to university.
The reading list for my Gender Studies course is fantastic. I’ve particularly enjoyed familiarising myself with the works of bell hooks. Her work is so positive (i.e. mercifully free from “die, white cishet scum!”, the kind of hateful narrative that put me off the social justice movement), and full of solutions to patriarchal problems. She promotes the feminist cause to everyone, inviting them to the movement join regardless of gender, race, or any other factor. The SJWs who cite her name so often would do well to read her books, because the last thing bell hooks preaches is hate.
Though I don’t agree with every last thing bell hooks says, her books resonate with me. It’s funny - although I have considered myself a feminist for years, I never thought of myself specifically as a black feminist until this point. Black feminism is something that I plan on exploring more before term starts. I’m already so glad of this course, and it hasn’t even started yet (…though I may eat those words when I have to write my dissertation…). Can’t wait to discuss all of these ideas in the classroom!
Still, the first day of term is a long way off. Between now and then, I have so much to do. Tomorrow I’m off to Manchester with my mum to celebrate my birthday. While we’re there, I’m collecting Bruno from painted-mice, who has done such a good job caring for him. This is my first experience with a mouse breeder (as opposed to a pet shop) and so far it is an overwhelmingly positive one. Knowing for sure that Bruno has been cared for properly and having regular updates about him provides real peace of mind.
I will also continue to campaign for Scotland as a part of the United Kingdom. The subject of the referendum has been done to death in the last couple of years, so I won’t harp on about it. What I will say is that I enjoy campaigning with my grandfather. There’s a lot that we don’t see eye to eye on (my Master’s subject, for one), so it’s lovely to have something that we both believe in passionately.
Other than that, I’ve been working on my ukulele skills and trying to improve my French. This site is a brilliant collection of chords and tabs for contemporary music. For French (and any other language) I heartily recommend duolingo (though, to the best of my knowledge, sharks are not red - le requin n’est pas rouge). I am the Queen of Productivity.