Tag: change

Preparing for power: Can Iceland’s Pirate Party change system from the inside?

Consistently topping the polls ahead of upcoming elections, Iceland’s Pirate Party have a real shot at power. If they do, they want to change the “ugly” culture of politics and create a society that honours people.

Birgitta Jónsdóttir is the key figure in Iceland’s post-crash political renaissance — first as an organiser of anti-government protests and finally as one of the Pirate Party’s MPs for the last seven years.

A self-described anarchist and ‘poetician’, the former WikiLeaks associate co-edited the Wikileaks Collateral Murder film. As the Executive Director of the International Modern Media Institute she has overseen the drafting of world-leading legislation on media freedoms and the protections of whistleblowers.

One Woman’s Experience Breaking India’s Feminine Ideal—With a Mohawk

They don’t say “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” for nothing. What’s considered beautiful is in most cases subjective. It varies across cultures and is deeply influenced by traditions and gender norms.

In India, ask about the definition of “traditional feminine beauty” and you’ll receive a plethora of opinions and judgements. India opened up its economy to international businesses in the 1990s, and since then Western tastes have had a powerful influence on fashion. Many women of the younger generation challenge traditional Indian beauty standards with their preference for jeans over the salwar kameez and hairstyles that aren’t long and oiled curls — something that isn’t always welcome in a conservative society.