Bloggers Uncensored: with ChitChat
Welcome to this weeks Bloggers Uncensored! This is my longest running blog series, and definitely my favourite. This series is a perfect opportunity to read your favourite bloggers' honest and uncensored opinions on real life topics, and to discover new bloggers that you can start following! This weeks blogger is ChitChat.
Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Caitlin, I'm 17 and from North West England. I'm in sixth form, currently studying English, Politics and Film Studies and want to study Journalism at university. I'm a feminist and the biggest politics nerd, and I'm willing to argue with anyone over anything when it comes to politics.
Why do you write?
I've always loved writing, as a kid I used to write countless stories (and make my teachers read them, they probably hated me) and as I grew up I became interested in journalism as a career path. I thought there'd be no better way to start than by writing my own pieces.
Why did you start blogging?
Mostly to get some experience/ build a portfolio to help me when applying for uni and other jobs, but I also love to write so it's perfect for when I need a quick political rant or want to share a new recipe or makeup trick!
What do you love about the blogging world/community?
Everyone is so supportive! I love being able to tweet a question about blogging and get a ton of replies, or just interacting with other bloggers because everyone is so so nice!
What do you hate about blogging world/community?
I've only been blogging for 3 months so I'm yet to see a bad side of the blogging community.
In your opinion, who are the most underrated bloggers?
Naomi (Inching Forwards) is one of my favourite bloggers and is definitely underrated!
What are some hard truths you have learnt about life?
I think having to accept that people are always going to have negative things to say about you and that the only way to get around that is to build confidence and learn to love yourself, regardless of what other people say. It's something that a lot of people (including myself) struggle with, but it's definitely important.
What does freedom mean to you?
It's definitely a pretty broad term with a lot of meaning behind it, but generally it's being able to pursue your own goals, have your own aims, opinions and feelings and being able to share them.
What are your thoughts on mental health and how it's portrayed in today's society?
Portrayal of mental health has come a long way in recent years and I feel as though a huge amount of stigma has been lifted, but we still have a long way to go in terms of people comfortably talking when they're struggling with mental health and especially in terms of the support people are given in the work place, schools and by health services.
What are your thoughts on feminism and how it's portrayed in today's society?
I'm a huge feminist, but I strongly believe that people shouldn't have to identify as a feminist and instead there should just be two types of people: regular people and sexists. People try to portray feminists badly constantly, claiming they hate men and other ridiculous accusations, when in reality this small amount of people aren't feminists, they're misandrists, and the sooner people realise this the sooner the feminist movement will gain more support and the closer we can get to true equality.
What are your thoughts on 'Love is Love' and how it's portrayed in today's society?
I truly don't understand how anyone could argue with this statement: who you love is absolutely nobody else's business. I think a massive amount of people are beginning to realise this, and society has definitely come a long way but we still have a long way to go in terms of changing people's attitudes.
What advice would you give to someone who is fighting a mental illness?
As someone who's never battled a mental illness I'm not too sure how helpful my advice would be, but I'd definitely suggest reaching out to the people closest to you because it's not worth bottling stuff up, and definitely get support from health services because I know a lot of people who have been helped massively by getting the right support.
What advice would you give to someone who is being bullied or harassed?
Never put up with bullying or harassment, there is always something you can do to protect yourself. Id it's online block and report bullies and if it's in real life definitely tell someone or get support from close family and friends.
If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?
Discrimination, whether it's in the form of sexism, racism, homophobia, xenophobia etc, because no good ever comes from hate and discrimination, it does a huge amount of damage and can take people's lives.
What else do you feel strongly about?
I'm a really opinionated person so I feel strongly about everything. In particular I feel strongly about stopping hate and discrimination, feminism and pretty much anything to do issues within today's society.
Let's end this with some fun 'This or That' questions:
Love or money?
Work hard or play hard?
A bit of both (but leaning towards play).
Cups in the cupboard: right side up or upside down?
Right side up, it makes them easier to stack and it just makes more sense.
Chocolate or sex?
This may have been the hardest question so far...probably sex.
Plan everything or wing it?
Plan everything, I have to write a list anytime I do anything or go anywhere, I'm the biggest planning freak.
Happiness or money?
I'm a strong believer in the idea that money can buy happiness but only to a limited extent, so I'd have to go with happiness.
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