There was a time when I wanted to be by your side,
With the recent news that Waitrose food editor, William Sitwell, joked about "capturing" vegans, "killing" them and force feeding them meat, and the following Good Morning Britain debate (with one of the debatees calling those who don't eat meat "irritating"), there had been a heated argument in the media about why people seem to hate vegans just so much. As a vegan myself of two years, I know first hand how people tend to treat vegans in everyday life. And I have to say, people really don't like vegans! I wanted to break down why people don't seem to like us very much in everyday life.
When I am with you, I feel butterflies
In my time learning history from the Ancient Greeks to the Tudors, I have begun to notice in a pattern in how the history that we know is far from the actual truth. History is not a new subject, History and Classics were being taught in Oxford and Cambridge at the time of Henry VIII and before. The Renaissance, in short, came about as a rebirth of these classical ideas and philosophies which so fascinated the medieval world. However, only until recently did we finally have female voices in history. Women were not allowed admittance to universities, not to say that they were not educated but the average Tudor woman's grasp of Latin would be constrained to that of the church, it would be unlikely that she had an opinion on the rights and wrongs of Helen of Troy. This lack of female voice in history has all too often polluted the vision that we have of women from our past, often coloured with outdated misogynistic lenses. Taking the fiction away from the facts of the events can be hard, as so often historical figures are clouded with myths about them, as I will go on to discuss. As students, as people, we owe these women, who usually changed the world we live in through their existence, the comfort of having their stories told for what they were.