Men and Women: An insight into the mind of John Marsh*

Many of you will already know that I am a firm feminist. No, not a man hater. I'm not against cooking or cleaning or being looked after by a man. I simply believe in the pure equality of both men and women in all circumstances. So, you can imagine my disbelief when I met a young man who disagreed with every single one of my views.

I'm not a close minded person- I am always up to have discussions and debates on interesting topics with people who have opposing opinions to mine. Usually, the debates can be quite interesting. I have had many debates with a certain young man, John Marsh, and we make sure to have a debate on one topic or another on a weekly basis. Our debates have become so interesting that, with his permission, I have decided to document them for you all to read and think about. The first of these documentations is his opinion on Men and Women in society. So, sit back, relax and prepare yourself for what may (or may not) be some shocking opinions...

Women need to be tamed.
Me: I will be mouthy if I have to be. I will back chat and fight back, be sarcastic and full of banter. If you annoy me, you're going to damn well hear about it. I'm not going to let you walk all over me, that's not me. Any man who can't accept that is not for me. 

John: Women need a man that's going to tame them. If you're with a man who let's you behave the way you just described, he's a butterfly, a marshmallow. All girls pretend they don't, but they want a bad boy, someone who'll push them about, tell them what to do but love them like no one else. Someone who wants to dominate them. A boss. 

Women can't earn more than a man.
Me: I don't care who earns the most in my family. As long as someone is earning money and the children we have, if any, are being looked after, it doesn't matter who's making what money. I really couldn't care less! 

John: No woman is going to be earning more than me. If she gets a job that pays more than me, I'm gonna find a way to earn more than her. The man is always the main breadwinner of a family, no doubt about that. No woman will earn more than me, it just won't happen. 

The family isn't the woman's, it's mine.
Me: The family is both of the parent's, but if you were holding me at gun point, I would say it's the womans. She grows the children inside of her, she gives birth to them and, usually, she is the main raiser of the children. Ultimately, I would say the family belongs to a woman. 

John: The family belongs to the man. He is the man of the family. The protector, the provider, the strong one, the breadwinner. The man does everything. Until a woman does everything a man does, a man owns the family he is a part of. 

I can date multiple women simultaneously until I find the right one.
Me: If you're dating me, you're dating me. I don't care if we don't last forever, but there's no way I won't be someones first and only priority. That's not cool. 

John: I have so many girls on the go. I won't just settle for one girl until I know that she's the one I want to settle down with. What's the point? I'm young, I can still have fun. you can see, just a few conflicting ideas on the roles of men and women in modern day situations! I was shocked by each of John's opposing views, but openly listened to them and didn't shut him down. I think in today's society, it's important to listen to everyone's opinions and to remain open minded before straight away shooting something down. I hope that by documenting these debates, I will help people gain an insight from two different views on a variety of topics. 

What's your opinion on each of these views? Let me know in the comments below, or get in touch using the links in the sidebar! 

Love from, 
Florence Grace

*John Marsh is a false name used to protect the identity of the individual.

Blink Live 2, Friday's with Florence Grace and #TeamAlex...

As many of you will already know, I have a radio show of my own, 'Friday's with Florence Grace', every Friday on Blink FM. Others of you may also know that back in November, I became a trained TV presenter. In this exciting blog post, I'm about to explain to you how these two fabulous events are about to combine, and how you can get involved!

FWFG is hosted on local station Blink FM, based in High Wycombe and founded by Wycombe Youth Action in 2002. If you're aged 13-25 and interested in getting a new hobby, something extra for your CV or interested in getting some experience within the media industry, it's worth checking out how you can get involved! 

I have been working with Blink FM since July 2014, and it's now time for me to get involved with one of the many exciting events that they host. This time round, it's Blink FM Live 2.

So...what is it?
A few months back, Blink FM hosted Blink FM Live 1. Blink FM Live 2 is a follow up event, a concert where you can come and watch unsigned musical acts thrust themselves into the limelight, hear some great new music, see some work from other local projects and also some fun and games between the presenters from Blink FM- myself included! There will be exclusive interviews with each of the acts and some fierce competition between the presenters, as they take their place on either #TeamAlex or #TeamSophia! I myself am on you know which team you should be supporting too! 

Blink FM Live 2 will be on Saturday 7th of March, with doors opening at 6pm and the concert starting at 7pm.

Blink FM Live 2 will be hosted at The Beaconsfield School, in Beaconsfield (obviously...!)

How can I get involved?
You can get involved in a couple of different ways:

Follow me on twitter/instagram at @flomatthews_ and/or like my Facebook page Florence Grace to keep your eyes peeled for regular updates and promotions regarding the event. 

You can listen to my radio show #FWFG to hear more information about the event and maybe even some music from the acts...!

You can buy a ticket to come and watch the concert of course!! At £5 a ticket, they're a real bargain! If you don't want to watch some presenter banter, or even hear the new music, you should definitely come just to show your support for me- it's thanks to my readers I'm offered opportunities such as this in the first place, so come and see what has come of your support for me!

Finally, you can vote for who you're most excited to see at Blink FM Live 2 (me of course) by following this link here and voting on the poll for Florence Grace. Even if you can't make it to the concert, you can still cast your vote for me- I would be very appreciative! 

So, if this isn't enough to excite you about this concert, I don't know what is! If you need any more information, please do comment below or get in touch using the links in the side bar to my various social media platforms! I would love for as many of you as possible to be there, it would mean the world to me! If not, please do still vote for me in the poll for who you're most excited to see- or would be most excited to see if you were coming! You can do that here.

Any more questions? Get in touch! 

And remember...#TeamAlex all the way! 

Love from, 
Florence Grace 

Take Back What's Yours.

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I was tagged by fellow blogger Katy to participate in a worldwide bloggers movement, the Take Back What's Yours campaign.

The campaign is a brand new idea, started by Chloe over at Chloe's Concept The idea is similar to that of setting a New Year's resolution, but it is a lifelong commitment. Take Back What's Yours aims to help people to take back a part of them that they feel they have lost- it could be anything from your confidence to your happiness to your passion for a hobby.

So, in 2015 I am choosing to Take Back my good health. Over the last year and a half my eating habits have got worse. It is very rare that I eat three full meals a day, I often eat dinner very late in the evening and snacking is my worst habit. On top of this, I have not done any proper exercise since I stopped doing P.E lessons- 3 years ago. Yes, I walk everywhere and occasionally do a workout DVD but it is not enough!

In 2015 I would like to drop at least one dress size, getting me down from a size 12 to a size 10. With most of my favourite foods being carb based mixed with the fact that I despise 99% of fruit and vegetables, I know that this will be a hard challenge for me but I am going to try to stick to my goals. Last year, I stuck to a fitness and health routine for about 3 weeks, and it was amazing how much better I felt within myself in such a short period of time- I would like to feel that good and healthy again.

There is no excuse not to exercise and eat well- I just don't do it. Whilst I'm not particularly unhealthy or overweight, I can be healthier and fitter, and that is what I would like to achieve and "Take Back"! What will you take back?

Thank you Katy for my tag. I choose to tag: Hollie, Apryl, Zoe, Beth, Jade-Lia, Vix, Cece, Summer, Emily and Justine. Send me your links when done so I can retweet them!

I hope you all manage to successfully Take Back What's Yours.

Love from,
Florence Grace

Picture to come soon!!! 


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Those of you who listened to my first show on Blink FM on Friday 2nd January will have heard an amazing, unique, acoustic over of Gwen Stefani's well loved "Rich Girl", a brand new release from rising star, Eve-Yasmine. The song was well received by my listeners- for those of you who didn't catch my show, you can hear the song here- and so I thought I would introduce you even further into the world of Eve-Yasmin Saoud-Easton!

With her roots being a mix from both Morocco and the UK, Eve has a funky, urban edge to her music and even made it into the MOBO Awards Unsung Top 20 Finalists list in 2014. As well as having a gorgeous voice, which features as part of the CK Gospel Choir, Eve also has some wicked presenting skills, and has interviewed a multitude of celebrities, including Kat Von D, Mcfly, Jimmy Choo, Example, Amir Khan and the cast of the Inbetweeners. However, Eve isn't limited at celebrity interviews, and has also presented several well recognised events, including Britain's Next Top Model Live and BBC Children in Need.

Eve's music is what's really coming through in 2015 though. Having already been labelled an "Introducing Artist" by BBC Asian Network, her music is popular on radio stations throughout both the UK and Morocco. Thanks to her mixed-race background, Eve has been able to reach networks, TV channels and magazine's internationally, and this year I can sense a rise in her success! With her best known hit being "Talk To Me Brother", which she co-wrote and performed for a short film, her latest hit, an acoustic cover of "Rich Girl", is quickly racking up views on YouTube and shares over social media.

Eve-Yasmine is definitely one to watch this year, and with people like Hollywood's Red One behind her, I don't doubt that she will soon soar to success. To find out more about her, you can check her website out here and to subscribe to her YouTube channel to check out her music and show reels, you can click here.

An inspiration to young people such as myself, Eve has provided so much support to me throughout my developing media career, and I can never thank her enough. Look out for an exclusive interview with her on my show "Friday's with Florence Grace" later on in 2015.

Love from,
Florence Grace

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