A few years ago I was completely oblivious to issues surround mass rape in conflict and post conflict zones until a film, The Flowers of War, was recommended to me. The film which is a fictionalised account of the Rape of Nanking sparked my interest in the conflict to the point that I decided to make it the subject of my dissertation. While researching however, I became aware that this was an issue that was much more widespread both geographically and historically than 1930s China. In fact, you’d be hard put to find a conflict where mass rape has not played a role. This realisation lead me to change the direction of my dissertation to the wider motivations of such attacks against women and moreover I became increasingly passionate about the subject.
Today, while going through my morning routine of a coffee and a browse through Facebook, my attention was drawn to an article shared by UN Action discussing sexual violence including mass rape against the Rohingya women of Myanmar by members of the Myanmar security forces.
I have always (and hopefully always will) love music of all genres but in the last 2 years especially it’s felt a bit like taking my work home with me and while I still enjoy music when I am relaxing at home or cooking, when traveling I always prefer a podcast.
I am still relatively new to the world of podcasts so my library is on the small side but the more I listen the more I discover. The first podcast I ever listened to (and still my favourite) was Stuff You Should Know by How Stuff Works, specifically an episode about survival cannibalism. I was hooked from that second and it didn’t take me long to get through their entire back catalogue with topics ranging from folk lore to science to history and social issues. Since then I’ve expanded my listening mainly through personal recommendation so any suggestions are welcome!
My current library includes:
Stuff You Should Know
Stuff They Don’t Want You To Know
How Did This Get Made?
Reversal of the Muse
I decided to write down my bucket list once and for all to motivate myself to do and see more. Whether its something small like drinking a freak shake, a huge adventure like exploring the Amazon or personal development like learning an instrument there’s so much I want to experience in my lifetime and only being 23, I (hopefully) have plenty time to do it all. As time goes on I expect I will add to the list but I promise not to remove anything!
You can view my bucket list here, any suggestions of places or experiences I could add are most welcome!