To be honest, when I was a teenager, I always had this thought: that a man needs to come up to me first. As time went by, I learned that since we are living in the 21st century, chivalry needs to apply both men and women. Equally.
In some parts of the world, the idea of beauty goes as such: ‘the fairer you are, the more attractive you’ll be’. I’ve had my fair share of struggles and hardship in my pursuit to be confident in my own skin. Using my gift as a writer to inspire people, this is my story – along with three lovely ladies who have joined in my pursuit to break the stereotype.
This may not come across well … but let me show you some of the profound examples of racism we have experienced in the world.
So, what really works? Here are some ideas.
First and foremost, let’s all just acknowledge that social media is toxic enough as it is. It’s basically a platform for everyone to flaunt and mask their insecurities with aesthetically curated feeds, creating a whole army of people who aren’t about real moments anymore, just a whole lotta flex. And it is a sad sad sight to see the value of people being reduced to the labels they wear.
Just writing about this makes ME SO ANGRY! But hey, read all about what I think Malaysians should change/stop.
They go by the saying ‘Beyond Labels’, which is so apt considering the differently-abled are often, if not always, confined, restricted and defined by their disabilities.