Recently, randomly… [1]

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Hello Internet-friends, I’m back! Work has swallowed me whole and spit me back on the face of the earth. The first few weeks were tough… but now I’m an almost-fully-fledged customer care and service employee. Yep… I answer questions about people’s health-insurance on the phone. I am aware this is not my field of work, and I am aware that I used to have bad phone-phobia. But what the heck… it pays the bills – and I get to learn a thing or two about empathy and health insurance and talking to people. Is that bad? No! Because life is life and I need more time…and money right now. Ok, what else have you missed?

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This summer kind of whizzed past, and I have been a bit occupied with getting slightly on track with documenting my 3 months in Japan. So, ehm… my birthday happened? I had a few really good dinners at one of my fave Japanese restaurants with my fam? Oh, and I’ve been really enjoying the Indian-summer vibes when I get the time to do so.

So! Now that we’ve had recent updates… let’s get on with it. I decided to open up a new topic on the blog where I talk about random things that recently happened or occurred in life, things that kept me occupied – and I aptly titled it ‘recently, randomly’. Golly, I’m so darn original.

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Two words: Regina Spektor. Okay, she doesn’t need an introduction right? She’s totally brilliant, makes awesome music, yada yada yada. Her new album is going to be amazing once again.

Now that we’re on the topic of bad-ass women, I was pleasantly surprised to find out Laura Marling did a podcast series called ‘The Reversal of the Muse’. It’s ‘an exploration of femininity in creativity’. It’s been really interesting to hear Laura Marling talk to women in the creative industry talk about their job and their experience in their industry. – Me and my brother are having an ongoing conversation about feminists and ‘if they’re still needed in the western world’. And I am absolutely, fully convinced that feminists are still needed in our western society… but I am aware that feminism is more and more attached to negative stigma. Anyway, I found Laura Marling’s podcasts really super interesting and eye-opening.

I am really wondering now, what are you guys’ stance on the topic of feminism and/or femininity in the industry you work in? – For me, it was somewhat never an option in my head to doubt feminism. I just took what society told me unto my subconscious and now that I’m really thinking and researching the topic, it’s been a real eye-opener. But I find it so hard to explain to others, like my brother. He is, unsurprisingly, not a female so he hasn’t dealt with the same stuff that females do. But then he did grow up with two sisters, was mostly brought up by my mother as my father was a pretty big workaholic. And in his industry/studies (medicine) he says he has encountered a lot of positive-discrimination towards females. I find it really interesting to hear his views and opinions on the subject. But I can’t help but feel annoyed when he disagrees on certain things regarding feminism. But the fact that it annoys me is interesting to me too.

To end today’s catch-up-ramble, I’d like to share with you my favourite recipe for this upcoming season: carrot soup! It was slightly unacceptable for me to share this without an accompanying picture that would make you drool… but alas. It’s a Heidi Swanson original, and it’s really (really!!!) super easy, pure and simple. You do kind of, sort of, really need a blender though. Also, I like mine with a little drizzle of sesame oil.  – Do you have any favourites for this time of year?

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  • Well that is one way to get over phone phobia, haha! I used to have the worst phone phobia as well, but then I did a research project where I had to recruit people over the phone. It was hell but I think it cured me!

    Reversal of the Muse sounds like an interesting concept, I’ll check it out.

    I am a staunch feminist and have a lot to say about women in medicine. I’m not sure the state of things in the Netherlands but we still have it pretty bad here. Last year there was a really big controversy when a female surgeon spoke out about how much sexual harassment there is in training (and how little women can do about it for fear of it ruining careers). The specialty I want to go into is only 4% women I believe! There definitely still is an attitude that women can’t or shouldn’t do certain lines of work because they will need to take too much time off to have children, etc. And this just perpetuates the boy’s club because female medical students don’t have women in some specialties to look up to, so they don’t think there’s a place for them and choose to do something else, which just continues the cycle.

    • I was really hoping you would reply. I think it’s a really, really interesting point you have. And it makes me think a lot on what feminism really entails in this day and age – compared to what it ‘used to be’ during the first or second wave. I think it’s all the more sexism- and humanisticrelated. It made me realise how ‘fluid’ the term feminism actually is. Because I too, like you, consider feminism to have EVERYTHING to do with the issues you’re voicing.

      Thanks Jane, for the input!

  • congrats on the new job, louise! so that’s what you’ve been doing so far haha i’m hopeless about human communication in general so great for you to overcome it. and happy belated birthday!

    before i knew there was the word named ‘feminism’, i’ve always been taught that everyone is equal. men or women and others. i believe to always treat people equally eventhough no one does that anymore. the reversal of the muse sounds interesting! will definitely check it out. carrot soup sounds perfect for today’s lunch though ;D this is random but i’ve been craving for katsuobushi for like, a week straight

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    • Thank you!! Haha, I am trying. I love your stance on feminism… and it’s so much food for thought. Everyone seems to have an own definition of the term feminism and yet I dare say I agree with most of the people who replied on my post so far. It’s all very interesting to me… haha! Thanks for your reply and voicing your opinion :)

  • Happy belated birthday, Louise! It sounds like you’ve been well :) About your question, I’m absolutely a feminist and probably was one before I even knew what the word meant. Even though my future industry, communication, is female-dominated there’s still a huge gap between the pay men and women receive, and what kind of positions they hold. It seems like we can’t win no matter what industry we enter, which really reinforces the need for feminism in today’s society.

    By the way I can totally relate to being frustrated when discussing feminism, especially with my brother or guy friends. Obviously it’s hard for them to relate to being a female, but that doesn’t mean I don’t get upset when they disagree with my views!

    • Agreeeeeeed! (and thank you Mani, for your reply and sharing your opinion!) I think it’s so interesting how feminism tends to become such a ‘controversial’ topic…

  • Stephanie Williams

    WELCOME back Louise and happy belated birthday. It’s so interesting to hear more about your job and what you do, it’s always a gift to hear and see more into the personal life of the wonderful individuals behind the blogs you follow. I’m just happy to also hear that you are getting back into the groove of things. :)
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    • Thanks Steph! You’re blog looks as blooming gorgeous as ever, I hope you’ll blog loads again! xx

  • Charlotte

    Proud of you, sis. This may not be your dream job, but you’re going out there, face the demons, and absolutely smash it. With a bit of cash in your pocket you’ll be back in the saddle in no time, doing the things you love. It may take baby steps, but just trust yourself and trust the process. You’ve got this! xx

  • Jessica!! Thank you too! My birthday was Augusts the second, such a long time ago now… now that it’s basically autumn.

    Thank you so much for your reply and food for thought. I am really struggling with the definite definition of feminism and how it influences my life right now. And I am agreeing so much with you, but at the same time I feel as if it’s something “I don’t have to bother with” because “they’re celebrities”…and it feels weird to become aware of that sentiment within myself because I feel that too has everything to do with feminism. It’s such a fluid and loosely defined term these days, compared to… well… first wave feminism.

  • welcome back and happy belated birthday~~

  • Happy belated birthday! :) I 100% believe there’s still a need for feminism today. And without speaking out of turn about your brother, I think in a lot of ways we don’t really need to hear men’s opinions about feminism or whether or not they think it’s important. Because they haven’t lived their entire lives as women, they don’t really have the background/experience necessary to offer a properly informed opinion.

    While you or I aren’t necessarily well-versed in the history of gender politics, at the very least we both have a lifetime’s worth of experience living as women and dealing with the subtle ways in which we’re undermined, harassed or made to feel inferior by men and by society as a whole, which is something a man could never fully understand because he has never had to live with it. I think the bottom line is that if a woman is talking about feminism, although they’re entitled to ask questions, men should more or less shut up and listen to women’s experiences and try to understand them and help in whatever way they can to stop perpetuating and encouraging the types of behaviours that make things the way they are. They should not be disagreeing or talking over the top of women or telling them their experiences are wrong. Not that your brother necessarily does that, but a lot of men do!

    A lot of men don’t understand what it’s like or where women are coming from, but I think it’s very telling that so many young women today are becoming interested in feminism. The fact that girls all around the world can learn about it and that so many of us identify with it means that we all recognise the issues because we all face them, and no matter what men think about it they can’t invalidate the fact that we are all starting to see things for what they are and that we’re pushing for change.

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