So! (en) | Can political satire trigger social change?: from political cartoons to memes

The Internet is a bastion of folk culture. Insider slang, chain emails, and trendy videos fill inboxes and news feeds, circulating from user to user. In this rather dynamic, fast-paced environment, memes emerge as the new form of political satire; a piece of culture, typically a joke, which gains influence through online transmission. However, contrary to what happened to political cartoons in the past, memes might bring the danger of minimising the importance of very sensitive issues. In my last article for PETRIe, I explore millennial satire and whether this kind of digital critique can trigger social change or, on the contrary, increase political skepticism. 

So! (en) | The capital of emotion dynamics in CrossFit

CrossFit has seemed to spark one of the biggest fitness trends of the twenty-first century. Its popularity has surpassed the growth of other well-known fitness franchises such as body-pump or spinning. One of the most striking things about this sport is the rather supportive and inclusive community that has grown around it. This “tribe” aims at breaking the old fitness rule of training ‘together alone’. In a more extreme manner, both followers and detractors see CrossFit as a cult. This comfirms the view of human beings as social animals, and highlights our need to feel part of something bigger than us. If you want to know more about the emotion dynamics that are forged within sports such as CrossFit, I invite you to read my most recent article for PETRIe here

So! (en) | The comedy that betrays the sisterhood(?)

Recently, I wrote a piece on the new wave of post-feminist comedy that is taking over the stand-up circuit. These female comedians operate from a narrative of false gender equality which becomes a double-edged sword. On the one hand, “it’s comedy”, and it can make fun of anything. On the other hand, given the global context we live in today, this kind of comedy can harm the work of other feminists in places where gender equality is not even a subject of discussion. 

You can read my article for PETRIe here to know more about post-feminist comedians and their work. 

So! (en) | New video series

I am happy to announce my new video series on LGBT’s rights across the globe. For this first episode I had the pleasure to have a chat with Tamás Dombos. He is a board member, project coordinator, and a staff member of the Legal Program at Háttér Society, one of the largest LGBT associations in Hungary. 

I will add new episodes soon, so stay tune. 

Find more about Háttér Society on: http://en.hatter.hu/

So! (en) | Land-s of storm

Recently, I watched the movie “Viharsarok” (Land of Storms) by Ádám Császi. This little gem shines for two particular reasons: a beautiful script that explores the consequences of a gay romance in a rural region of Hungary, and the outstanding performances of the three main actors – András Sütö, Sebastian Urzendowsky and Ádám Varga-.

The fact that the story is mainly located in Hungary rapidly grabbed my attention, as I know little about LGBT’s rights in this part of Europe. Indeed, this left me wondering how the situation of LGBT people currently is in different parts of the World. 

I am originally from Spain (a country known to be one of the most LGBT tolerant places in Europe – if not in the planet – ), and so I live inside a bubble of open-mindedness that does not correspond to the vast reality. 

Therefore, I’d like to know more about the rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transsexuals in other countries. In particular, I am curious to know how living as a LGBT person feels like in other parts of the world. That’s why I’d like to start a series of video interviews with people who want to tell me their experiences in their countries… If you fancy having a chat with me, do not hesitate and drop me a line!

sergio.lpz.mts[@]gmail[.]com

So! (en) | Bullying in the UK

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) released a report with striking data about bullying in the UK. You can read the complete report here. Following, I present the key findings:

The most common types of bullying:

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Indeed, physical bullying is more common among children aged 11 and under; those aged 16-18 are more likely to be victims of online bullying; blackmailing affects children aged 12-15.

What children are bullied over:

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Particularly, children who identified themselves as LGTB noted that they had been bullied at school, on social media and at home. [AT HOME!]

Bullying makes up 9% of the total calls received by ChildLine , and it is the most common reason why children aged 11 or younger call the line. 

So! (en) | India; country for vegetarians

38% of the population in India is vegetarian, which makes it the country with more vegetarians per 100 inhabitants in the world. The cuisine in this region is known for its colorful ingredients such as spices, herbs and fruits. Vegetables also play a key role in the indian food. Indeed, their predilection for veggies along with their religious beliefs are the main reasons to the high levels of vegetarianism in this region.