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Why We Should Say ‘Female Genital Cutting’ and Not ‘Mutilation’

Louisa Leontiades Abuse, Cultural, Politics, Published Articles

Mutilation is not a word commonly associated with love. But given that the choice in many African communities is to be cut or choose a future where your child is ostracised, unlovable and ‘unmarriable’—the question must be about how love manifests for children, when it comes to ensuring their survival.

Life without Facebook? Is there any chance for escape?

Louisa Leontiades Cult-Biz-Tech, Tech

Depressingly, a portion of those ‘success stories’ who did not return to Facebook had simply replaced Facebook with other social media. Far from extracting themselves from an algorithmic life, they had only jumped out of the proverbial frying pan into the fire.

Breakfast At The Budget Hotel

Louisa Leontiades Musings From Berlin

A few choose to queue, indicating their impatience by folded arms and tapping feet. Others return chastened to their tables littered with remnants from the first round, but their bodies stay tense, mouths quivering with injustice.

Refugee Voices Tour

Bringing Attention to Atrocities in an Apathetic Western World

Louisa Leontiades Musings From Berlin, Politics

But there is no victorious ‘democratic’ ending to this story. In Syria the civil uprising has gradually been transformed into a full scale civil war. Sayid and his colleagues have all lost loved ones to this war and their political is personal. Sayid’s own crime–and why he is here–was to film government violence and put it up on YouTube, after which he was put on the list of wanted terrorists.

What Can We Laugh at Now?: Political Correctness and Humor

Louisa Leontiades Cult-Biz-Tech, Politics, Published Articles

What we find funny is indicative of our beliefs, attitudes, judgements and opinions. It is a useful barometer. When we mock those who by birth or circumstance are less fortunate, we become persecutors and make others our victims. We have no less duty of care for verbal abuse even through humour, than we do for physical abuse.

How Anti-Immigrant Sentiment Created the Manchester Attacks

Louisa Leontiades A British Cuppa, Cult-Biz-Tech, Cultural, Published Articles

Britain has never taken responsibility for the bloodshed and exploitation which built the empire. This is evidenced by Theresa May’s hardline on Brexit. We want to take without giving anything in return. We make no apologies for our xenophobic attitudes; our comedy ridicules ‘those bloody foreigners’, our narrow-minded and disrespectful behaviour often shames us in the countries we visit.

When My Relationship With Facebook Became Abusive

Louisa Leontiades Cult-Biz-Tech, Tech

Facebook is not a news feed. It is an opinion feed where subjective ignorance is lauded and verified journalism denigrated simply by creating a false equivalence. It is a he said-she said feed. And I cannot stay in a relationship with anyone or anything which undermines my ability to trust in myself. I am thrown back into gaslit trauma where there is no security, no clarity. It is the screeching of chaos and now I must make my own order.

Racism stigma furthers the Racist Agenda in Sweden

Louisa Leontiades A Taste of Sweden, Cult-Biz-Tech

One reason why this immigration was considered successful had nothing to do with Sweden’s ability to integrate immigrants; only that the type of immigrants arriving were more easily ‘integrate-able’ as is still the case today for me. At first sight therefore, when immigrants are able to fit into Swedish culture at a level which allows them to peaceably live and work within the system, we do not see backlashes against immigration.