UPDATE: NEW BLOG

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I’d like to start off by saying thank you to everyone who has followed, liked, commented on and responded to my blog in the past couple of months. It has meant so much to me – I’ve always wanted to start one but until the start of this year, I was too scared. FINALLY I took the plunge and it has been oh-so rewarding. So much so, that I have decided to upgrade:

Introducing…

TWENTY & CO

My new blog. Yep, I officially own my own .com. And it feels fabulous. Why TWENTY & CO? Well, as you may have noticed, The World by J doesn’t really have a “niche”. I’ve written about fashion, done reviews about books, random rants about topics in the news, and so on. So I decided, in order to make the name and my blog relevant to readers, I’m still going to write about all that stuff and more – BUT – TWENTY & CO is dedicated to all of us who are close to becoming, or are already, a “twenty-something.” In Australia, 18 is considered being an adult, but I still don’t really feel like a “real” adult. Will I ever feel like a real adult? I don’t know. But I’m looking forward to writing about a whole bunch of different topics as I begin my journey into the twenties. Over the next week I will be uploading some of my favourite/most popular posts from The World by J before I begin posting new content. First up is my career profile on Chloe Clark from Beginning Boutique. I hope those of you reading this decide to come along for the ride. If not, thank you for being so supportive and interested in my work here.

Lots of love,

JΒ 

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DISCUSS: Is drug addiction a disease?

Peaches-GeldofTo judge another person’s decision is easy if you have never been in their place. A few days ago I read an article in the Herald Sun about the death of Peaches Geldof, written by Tom Elliot, who firmly believes that Geldof’s ongoing addiction to heroin was a choice.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I believe the first encounter with anything is a choice (if the person is informed and in control). If at this very moment someone appeared and offered me drugs, I would say no – because I know the ill-effects and dangers of taking them. If I said yes, it would be a conscious decision which I would be prepared to take the blame for. Unfortunately, it’s not always as easy as simply saying yes or no. In his article, Elliot says drug addiction “is not a disease from which personal responsibility can be conveniently removed” and I agree. If a person takes a drug for the first time, whilst aware of the risks, they should be blamed. It is a stupid decision to make. However, drug addiction is not the black and white issue Elliot believes it be, no matter how much I wish this were the case.

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J

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Hunting endangered species: right or wrong?

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Have you ever wondered whether your children, or grand children even, will be blessed enough to see the animals you have seen in your lifetime? Lions, tigers, gorillas are just a few in a huge list of animals that are critically endangered, threatened or vulnerable to extinction. Humans have threatened these species for hundreds of years; whether through changing the environment via deforestation and the creation of bustling, polluted cities or through hunting and poaching.

Kendall Jones, a teenage girl from Texas, has sparked outrage on social media by posting photos of herself standing proudly next to her kills on Facebook – all endangered African mammals. I definitely am not pleased by the images nor would I ever partake in such an act myself, but after reading through the ridiculously mean comments on her page, I felt the situation was worthy of discussion. The key issue at hand, of course, is the preservation of these animals. These creates should never become a long-lost memory. I don’t want to live in world without animals in Africa that sing “The Circle of Life” every time a lion cub and heir to the pride is born. “The Lion King” reference aside, I don’t think (or at least I hope) anyone in the world is intent on driving these animals into extinction.

The animals killed by Kendall and other hunters (who payΒ toΒ legally hunt) are supposedly animals which are incurably sick or endangering other animals. The meat is used to feed the hungry people of local villages and the money paid by the hunters goes towards preservation. If these animals were truly going to die, perhaps hunting them and using the loss of their life to enrich others is acceptable. Then again, these hunters could donate the huge sums of money they pay to hunt the renowned animals to the conservation efforts, preserves or to organisations that assist poor communities in Africa. Clearly, they don’t do this because they are passionate about hunting – and the debate of whether hunting is right or wrong is ongoing. Personally, I do not like the idea of hunting but in situations where it has a purpose and the death was inevitable, I can accept it. By a purpose, I mean protecting the animal kingdom, protecting farmers crops or feeding communities. In these situations, death creates life – it allows other animals to live and reproduce, for plants to grow and for people to survive.

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It is the proud smile on Kendall’s face and the ‘promotion’ of killing such animals that is the most troubling/disturbing part of the whole debacle – and it is the reason people have reacted so aggressively towards her. To be passionate about hunting is one thing, everyone has a passion. Many people post photos of their hunting achievements, but generally the animals they have killed are animals which live in abundance and the hunters do not have huge grins spread across their faces. I do not think it is right or appropriate to post photos of endangered animals that you have killed. No matter your purpose in hunting, it is not okay to promote the intentional death of an endangered species. In doing so, not only is she suggesting that it is acceptable and promoting hunting in Africa to enthusiasts, but also (unintentionally) drawing a comparison between herself and illegal poachers. Many poachers hunt for both the pleasure and the monetary gain. It is clear Miss Jone’s loves to hunt, I just hope she is doing it for the right reasons (if there is any) and not purely for her own enjoyment.

I’d love to know if there are alternative methods that would assist both animal and human life WITHOUT this legal hunting. Obviously, I do not support loss of animal life, particularly that of endangered species. Feel free to comment your opinion (agree/disagree) or any information you have regarding this topic, I’d love to be informed!

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Does a share show you care?

“On April 15th, 230 School girls were kidnapped from the Chibok Government Secondary School by Boko Haram Terrorists in Nigeria. All 230 are still missing.”

tumblr_n5ozaro36Q1r91vnao1_500The campaign demanding their rescue has rapidly spread across social media, in particular the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls. I am in no way questioning the validity and effectiveness of this campaign – I think the methods undertaken have been excellent in spreading awareness for the missing girls. Nor do I believe use of the hashtag should be discontinued because it has become a recognisable and strong slogan that can be used in protests. However, my question is – does a share show you care? When millions of people all over the world are hash tagging or posting photos in support of a rescue mission, how can one differentiate between those who are truly passionate about the cause and those who are merely following the trend? Does it even matter?

When newsΒ of the kidnapping first broke out and the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls was born, it wasΒ a demonstration of the emotion that the event evoked and an attempt at raising awareness. Like Kony 2012, it worked and everyone became aware. Now that they are, the hashtag isn’t going to change anything. Β It merely says “I’m a human, I have emotion, I feel empathy and this story has affected me.” That message can’t swoop down and save these girls from their kidnappers. It has been over a month since the girls were taken and all bodies of power which have the ability to save them have long been aware. The actions of these bodies will determine if and when they are rescued.

Whether or not a share means you care, do we really want a trending hashtag to be the face of the campaign. Shouldn’t it be something more visual, more powerful, more active? I can’t help but imagine how they would feel, coming out of such a horrible situation and being told thatΒ the whole world has been supporting their plight, only to find that people were claiming to be taking action by typing four words on social media. The image featured is the inspiration for this post, and a testament to this idea. The girl is faceless and only recognisable through the hashtag. How many people really care about the girls behind the hashtag, and how many are just following the trend? In general, how many people support something on social media without following through with some kind of action or change of perspective? It’s something we’re all guilty of.

In a world where people are constantly connected to the internet, we are forgetting how actions speak louder than words – and it is actions which will bring the girls home.