Russian culture and language is not a free clip art gallery

Jessie Mei Li and Ben Barnes in the Netflix drama ‘Shadow and Bone’. Netflix Screenshot.

An ignorant audience would be awestruck at the ingenuity of Shadow and Bone and applaud the Russian-inspired world-building.

A viewer familiar with Russian culture and language would find Netflix’s latest fantasy series hard to watch.

The Shadow and Bone series has been adapted into a major Netflix fantasy series. The story centers around an orphan soldier Alina Starkov who harnesses immense magical power and becomes an elite member of the Ravka society.

Leigh Bardugo, the author of Shadow and Bone, claims to admire and respect the Russian culture but how is embracing stereotypes and sloppily using the language an expression…

What’s wrong with you? Are you on your period? Why are you so emotional? Is it that time of the month?

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Half the world’s population goes through a menstrual cycle. It is a natural biological function of the human body, and it is necessary for the continuation of human life.

It is also the most shamed biological cycle in the human body. Young girls are embarrassed when they have their period because society views their natural cycle as gross and something to hide.

There is nothing more mortifying for a woman than dropping her tampon on the way to the washroom. Period stains are worse than coffee stains and openly talking about your period? Big no-no. …

There was a culture of sexual abuse by powerful men and nobody cared. Until the #MeToo Movement.

The iconic Marilyn Manroe posing for the camera. Google Images.

Joan Collins, an 87-year-old actress, and legend of the silver screen can still vividly recall that haunting warning Marilyn Monroe confided to her.

As a young, budding actress, Joan Collins had a harrowing experience with two men, megastars in 1950’s Hollywood, who deliberately humiliated her by pulling on her front dress.

Soon after the sexual assault, Joan Collins stumbled upon Marilyn Monroe at a party and the two had a heart-to-heart conversation. Marilyn Monroe who herself had been so horribly abused in the industry warned Joan to, “watch out for the wolves in Hollywood, Honey.”

Marilyn Monroe went on to…

She sent him her bloody pubic hair, stole his portrait, publicly slashed her wrists, and even wrote a book about her ex-lover!

Portrait of Lady Caroline Lamb. Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain.

When you imagine a “crazy-ex” what type of person comes to mind?

Some of us may think of Amy from the movie Gone Girl, the psycho wife that goes to great lengths to frame her husband for murder. Most of us would imagine a crazy ex to be madly infatuated, unhinged, and obsessed with their former lover. They resort to stalking, and over flooding their ex’s phone with endless texts and voicemails. (Historically speaking, this would be sending countless letters.)

Although Lady Caroline Lamb never attempted to fabricate a murder, she was a nightmare to her former lover. I’m talking…

Tape worm pills, arsenic poisoning, cigarette diet, and vinegar water? I guess I’ll stick with keto diet.

Tight-laced corset to look slim like a wasp was common for women in the 1800's. Public Domain.

I have not lived through a single summer without either someone bragging about their weight loss thanks to their new diet or moaning about how difficult it was.

Remember the cabbage soup diet? The grapefruit diet? How about the apple cider vinegar diet, the detox tea diet, and a host of forgettable celebrity diets?

This is a message to all those suffering through their seven-day juice cleanse: You’re just history repeating itself.

Jumping on the diet bandwagon, hoping for a quick fix, and achieving that desired body type isn’t a modern phenomenon. Our ancestors have been doing it for centuries.

While Elizabeth was being educated to be a Queen, Philip was groomed to be a prince consort by his ambitious uncle.

Prince Philip, the lifelong companion of the Queen and the longest-serving consort in Britain, died at the age of 99 on April 9, 2021. The Queen has reportedly said that Prince Philip’s death has, “left a huge void in her life.”

For seventy-three years, Prince Philip was a stoic, dutiful consort by her side during the highs and lows of Queen Elizabeth’s reign.

Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip. Getty Images.

When Prince Philip and Princess Elizabeth were first courting, many in the royal court opposed the marriage and viewed Prince Philip’s royal Greek origins with suspicion. …

Unlike most countries, French law does not specify a certain age as being unable to legally consent to sex

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When it comes to pedophiles or Muslim women, France seems to prefer to protect the liberty of child molesters. Hijabs, a garment covering the head, is constantly being debated on the political landscape but the sex crimes of pedophiles are being brushed under the carpet.

Where’s the best place to go for a pedophile escaping justice?

France, the land of baguettes and macaroons.

Just ask Roman Polanski, the famous movie director who fled to France after he forced himself on a teenage girl during a photoshoot. …

Mary Wollstonecraft, the founder of Feminism, has finally been given her own statue to pay her homage and she happens to be naked

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“Taught from infancy that beauty is woman’s sceptre, the mind shapes itself to the body, and roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison.” — Mary Wollstonecraft in A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792).

In this written piece, Mary Wollstonecraft demonstrates the dire consequence of reducing women to decorative objects.

The memorial statue planted in London’s Newington Green is a huge disservice to a woman who braved the harshest of criticisms for believing that all people, regardless of sex or race, deserved the same rights.

Who cares about sculpting a statue that embraces Wollstonecraft’s vision…

Heroines don’t need to be traumatized, raped, or tortured in order to be strong.

Glorification of predatory male behaviour has been condoned in our tv shows, books, and movies. You don’t need to look far to see the trope in explaining female badassery through sexual violence.

Let’s take a look at Game of Thrones. The showrunners of the hit TV series, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (D&D) have corrupted George RR Martin’s fantasy series by turning consensual lovemaking scenes into sexual assault.

In the original series, the wedding night of Daenerys and Khal Drogo is consensual but the two producers decided to drastically change pleasure into sexual assault.

George RR Martin has criticized the…

A beloved pet that witnessed the murder of the Russian Imperial family, and lived his life haunted by the murder

Tsarevich Alexei with his dog, Joy, and his tutors. Google Images.

Dogs are known to be exceptionally loyal. The most famous case is the story of Hachiko, a Japanese Akita dog remembered for his remarkable loyalty to his owner Hidesaburō Ueno who worked as a university professor. The two had a daily routine with Hachiko waiting at the train station his owner to return from work.

During a lecture, Hidesaburō Ueno suffered a hemorrhage and passed away. He never arrived at the train station that evening but faithful Hachiko continued to wait. Day after day, Hachiko returned to the train station and fruitlessly waited for his master's return.

Days turn into…

Tamara Mitrofanova

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