Eight things making me HULK SMASH ANGRY!

Jennifer D BeggJennifer, Stuff14 Comments

Sorry for the shouty caps in the title, just wanted to catch your attention.

For anyone who’s been following #FeelGoodFriday, you would be forgiven for thinking that I’m the most annoyingly upbeat and cheery person ever born. Not so. I spend quite a lot of my time being irritated, outraged and angry about things. I have a rule that I’m not allowed to moan about something unless I’ve tried to do something about it but let’s face it, everyone needs a free for all moanfest occasionally.

So here is a list of things that I’m angry about at the moment. They’re not in any particular order and it’s definitely not an exhaustive list:

1. Our ridiculous and comedic government (though let’s face it, the joke got old a while back)

2. Gender marketing

3. Aggressive misogyny (actually any kind but particularly the kind that thrives amongst YouTube comments)

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4. Forced prostitution

5. The amount of girls in the developing world who are kept out of school

6. Honour killings

7. Female Genital Mutilation

8. Racism, Sexism, Homophobia and all other discrimination that basically makes one person act like they’re superior to another. They’re not. No one is.

This isn’t very “feel good” I hear you say – correct. However, good sh*t gets done when good people get angry!

Many things on my lists are out with my control (or seem that way anyway) but there are things I can do to make a difference. Too long have we been bombarded with negative images that make problems seem so big that we can’t change them. We can.

Even if all you do is tell people. Raising awareness is your first line of defence against apathy. Apathy is the enemy of positive change!

Next you can support a charity that is working against an item on your HULK SMASH ANGRY list. Get out there and protest, talk to your MP, vote for a different party, start your own political party!

If that last bit sounds ridiculous, have a look at these short clips from the Guardian Activate Summit. Birgitta Jónsdóttir, member of the Icelandic parliament and Rick Falkvinge, founder of the Swedish Pirate Party told their independent tales of changing laws and governments from the inside. At the heart of both movements is the spirit of disruption in order to instigate change. Impressive stuff.:

So… what makes you HULK SMASH ANGRY?


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Jennifer D BeggEight things making me HULK SMASH ANGRY!

14 Comments on “Eight things making me HULK SMASH ANGRY!”

  1. Penelope

    Interesting stuff. General deprivation and demonisation of the working class and those on the poverty line in the UK, in 2010! Outrageous.

    Also, Aliah and Ellie on Women in the developing world “They don’t all get to go to school? Why not? That’s not fair” *fairly mild outrage “Does that mean some girls can’t read?!* *outrage increases a bit more* “I’m doing my Life of a girl in a developing country on that then!” *Fury* “Now can I please go and toast marshmallows?” *fickle*

  2. Ross Wintle

    I was reading about the West Africa Food Crisis in a charity newsletter the other day and wondering why the blimmin heck we can send things to Mars and build the International Space Station, we can mass-produce something like an iPhone, we have 3D TV, we can spend £billions on a sports event, but we can’t put nutritious food and clean water in the hands of every precious person on this planet.

    And yes, I confess, I’m as guilty as the next man of my luxuries.

  3. Sarah Strong

    Most organised religions get me very worked up. The Tories. The Daily Mail. Bananas. I hate bananas. Losing or breaking one of a set of something. The Monarchy. Trillions spent on arms rather than hospitals, education and other fundamental needs of life. And ‘weird’ is spelled w-e-i-r-d people! Not w-i-e-r-d.
    And breathe…. right, I’m off to look at pictures of kittens.

    1. Jennifer D Begg

      I live in fear of breaking one of the pots from my new yoghurt maker – almost to the point of hunting down another one on ebay so I have spares…

      Also, all my students read the DM – I can’t tell you how much this saddens me *goes to look at puppies*

  4. Lucy Roberts

    Totally agree with these, especially discrimination, ignorance, amount of money spent on arms worldwide (around as much as is raised and spent worldwide in aid).

    I will also add to the list – people who are horrible to the homeless or vulnerable, child soldiers, that sometimes girls feel like they have to be dumb to be accepted and all coat hangers.

      1. Lucy Roberts

        I know it’s silly and I can’t even back up my views with a great alternative, I just have this deep unadulterated hatred of them! LOL Hope you have a very Bruce Banner-esque happy weekend! :)

  5. David Jenkins-Handy

    I went green a long time ago: eco green and hulk green. I have been almost continuously angry for so long about so much that all my rage has withered. A short list of things that make my green go greener:

    1. Anything that comes out of the mouths of government (especially policies on education)
    2. Beliefs that aren’t questioned but assumed to provide an accurate picture of the world (e.g. ‘you’ve got to live in the real world’ when reality is at least a blindfold game of three dimensional chess played by remote control without knowing the rules or even if there is actually a game taking place)
    3. Things that reflect celebrity culture
    4.Toxic nostalgia and false sentimentality (most frequently found in forms of patriotism)
    5. Reactionary prejudice and bigotry including my own (see 3)
    6. The nexus of ideas that society claims are good that lead to categories such as the deserving and undeserving poor (that is, Pharisaic reality – see 2)

    Could I make the list even longer; you bet. I look out on the world, wishing I had a panopticon, or was sitting in a tower like Diogenes Teufelsdröckh (read Sartor Resartus), thinking of how different it all could be. I have recently started to read articles about the French Degrowth movement, so I am beginning to have dangerous moments of optimisim. Other than that, I am a pessimistic Blake scholar.

    1. Jennifer D Begg

      Wow! Thanks David, I found myself nodding along with a lot of that.
      No. 4 especially resonates with me as a Scot living in England who is against Scottish independence. I have many ranty conversations about the basis of peoples patriotism and what it achieves. I love history and I love Scotland but that doesn’t mean I would put Scotland ahead of the rest of the UK (or actually the rest of the world if I had my way).

      Also totally agree with the idea of deserving / undeserving. I hate that!

      1. David Jenkins-Handy

        I can understand why you are against Scottisih independence; any wrapping of flags around political viewpoints just appears to be patronising twaddle. However, I do, however, love the idea of independence as an absurdist gesture; lets all be independent: e.g. independence for say, Bognor Regis, the Isle of Dogs with its own currency, perhaps even the drawbridge drawn up on Bradford declaring itself an independent city state with kisses as currency. As a means to ridicule the notions of the powerful, I can see some value (imagine Motherwell declaring independence from Holyrood – it would have to have a very grand title such as the ‘Wondrous imperial state’ or the ‘Kaleidoscopic Agora’!). There may even be some point in local currency exchanges as a means to resurrect local economies. Nationalism, at least to me, is such a nineteenth century way of thinking and seems to be structured on inconsistent fears of the other (North v South, England v Scotland) rather than a sense of common humanity… or a sense of humour.

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