Quiz: Which US Presidential Candidate Should You Back?

Which Presidential Candidate Should You Back? | Plus Size Life

By now, must American voters have chosen their candidate and are doing everything in their power to persuade everyone they know that their candidate is the right man – or woman – for the job. But every time I scroll through my Facebook timeline, the same worrying questions keep popping up:

  • Who should I vote for?
  • Tell me why I should vote for Clinton without saying ‘Because she’s not Trump’
  • I don’t support either candidate, I just won’t vote
  • Trump will ruin the country; Clinton will destroy it; I don’t want either

The fact of the matter is, both parties have done a fantastic job of demonstrating aspects of both candidate’s persona that make voters cringe. With impish schoolboy name calling and orchestrating fantastically expensive FBI investigations that yield nothing, Trump has played a dirty game. And whilst Clinton has remained mostly poised and refused to stoop to his level of backbiting, she has had evidence thrown in the media to cause many American voters to question her capability to lead. (And then there’s the whole not liking women in charge thing that manbabies can’t cope with.)

So how do you choose a candidate to vote for? If you are a registered voter, you have got to vote in the upcoming election. It is not good enough to sulk and do nothing. It is not good enough to not have your voice heard. It’s not good enough to say, “The super delegates lied; their vote didn’t count, mine won’t either.” Those are all excuses. If you are of age and status to vote, whether you are in the States or abroad, cast your ballot. Fellow expats, if you don’t know how to register to vote abroad, leave a comment. I’ll talk you through it.

Okay, you’re voting. Now who do you vote for? How do you choose a candidate with both candidates have been so vilified? When both seem so terrifying? You base it on policy. I don’t expect many people want to pore through each candidate’s political policies, so I’ve created this simple quiz using actual, factual policies from each candidate. All you have to do is take the quiz. Choose true or false for each statement and in the end you’ll be matched with your ideal candidate.

A very big thank you to the wonderful, non-biased people at Politi Platform and all the work they’ve done in highlighting each candidate’s policies. All policies were pulled from these two pages: www.politiplatform.com/clinton and www.politiplatform.com/trump. What each candidate believes and stands for is there in black and white without the noise of the other candidate, so you can make an informed decision.

How to Survive Brexit as an Immigrant

How to Survive Brexit as an Immigrant | Plus Size Life.co.uk

I didn’t have the fortune of being born in the UK. I am not British by birth, but I am by choice. I have called the UK home since 2008.  And from my very first days here, I fell in love with this beautiful vibrant country, with the amazing British culture, the endearing way how when living in Britain, history seeps into your bones and you pass by buildings older than America itself. Over this past week, the safe haven of my Britain suddenly became as volatile as the torn country I came from and my heart is broken. I find myself asking wondering: how to survive Brexit as an immigrant. I’m no stranger to racism. As a member of a minority race, I have experienced racism in most of its infuriating formats:

  • Racism By Oversight: sly digs punctuated by hands raised to mouths and uncomfortable giggles
  • Blatant, Quiet Racism: where people either stare slack-mouthed at any defining physical feature of your body common to your ethnicity yet so different from the body types prevalent in their culture
  • Blatant, Outspoken Racism: where people refer to you as “that coloured girl”
  • Racism By Default: where you are the token black friend and therefore the authority on all things ethnic
  • Racism By Minority: where yours is the only black face in the room and your dark skin is unmissable in the sea of pale and pink faces

The UK needs to rise above this scary new chapter it has entered, where people feel emboldened off the back of a bad decision they were manipulated into opting for, and think leaving notes that say abhorrent things like “No Polish Vermin” is okay. Or where they shout at a Muslim woman on a train for not speaking English in England. When in fact, she was speaking Welsh in Wales. Or when gangs of boys jeer at brown-skinned women on the streets and tell them to eff off back home and to leave the UK. In my 8 years of living in the UK, of living in a big city, racism towards me has been mostly non-existent. Now, after Brexit and after seeing the horror stories posted on line about the abuse immigrants have been subject to, I am, for the first time in my British life, afraid. 

The UK cannot become this place. It cannot become a replica of America with all its racial problems and its division. The UK cannot stoop so low as to reject people because they are from a different country, because they are “strapping young men, [dressed] in better clothes … who see money and benefits”.

Why are Brexiteers so afraid of immigrants? 

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Why You Need to Calm the F**K Down about Cultural Appropriation

A video of an altercation between students at San Francisco State University has gone viral. In what can only be described as a radical confrontation with the antagonist, a black girl sporting kinky curls, assaults, vilifies and behaves in a threatening manner towards another student, a white guy with dreadlocks. In the wake of the video, the cultural appropriation campaign has gained strength. I’m here to call bullshit on the idea of cultural appropriation and show you why you need to calm the f**k down with all that nonsense.

Why cultural appropriation is bullshit | Plus Size Life.co.uk

What is cultural appropriation?

The adoption or use of elements of one culture by members of a different culture. It’s worth noting that the only cultures who ever cry about cultural appropriation are minority cultures. By its very definition, cultural appropriation supports, encourages and is driven by separation, segregation and derision. It creates an invisible barrier where anything, products, clothes, attitude, hairstyle, the way you do your makeup is suddenly off limits if the person or persons who founded the thing are of a different culture than you.

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I Quit My Job: Finding the Confidence to Change My Career

I quit my job: 20 questions to ask before you quit your job |Plus Size Life.co.uk

I quit my job. After agonising about this decision, after over 3 months of unhappiness, after making myself ill with worry, after sleepless nights and moaning about the sorry state things had progressed to, I quit. Quitting a job isn’t an extraordinary achievement — thousands of people quit their jobs every day. I’ve quit jobs before and since I’m not even 30, I’m likely to do it again. But what was so extraordinary is what happened after I quit:

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16 Mugs That Make You Glad You Have A Coffee Addiction

16 Mugs for Coffee Addiction | Plus Size Life

Lorelai Gilmores of the world unite! Coffee is that sweet nectar that energises you and keeps you sane. Everything about coffee is incredible, the aroma, the flavour and the mugs you drink it from. Coffee addiction is a real and beautiful thing, just take it from Ms Gilmore:

Lorelai Gilmore Coffee Quote | Plus Size Life

So saith the Patron Saint of the Bean

I discovered coffee pretty late in life. I had always been an avid tea drinker (well, since immigrating to the UK). But when I gave up fizzy drinks nearly two years ago, I needed something to replace the caffeine and found liquid manna.

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14 Unusual Valentine’s Day Gifts for Men

The really unfair thing about Valentine’s Day is that somewhere along the line, it’s become another opportunity for women to be spoiled and men to be overlooked. I’m totally not cool with that and you probably aren’t either! So here are 14 unusual Valentine’s Day gifts for the man in your life:

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14 Best Valentine’s Day Gifts for Women

I know; I know. Valentine’s Day is so passe and cliche. It seems the older we get, the more cynical we are and Valentine’s Day certainly gets a bad rep.

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Let’s put all that aside for the moment and let’s just assume you want to treat the woman in your life (or you want to treat yourself!) to a little somethin’-somethin’ this 14 February. If you do, you’re in luck! Here are my picks of the 14 best Valentine’s Day gifts for women.

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How to Take a Compliment

How to Take a Compliment with Grace and Believe It | PlusSizeLife.co.uk

The art of accepting a compliment with grace & believing it

A compliment. Just a few words about my physical appearance or personality and I’m instantly in a tailspin, swept up in a whirlwind of self doubt and insecurity! I know I’m not alone. We women have mastered the art of the personal put down. We are our own toughest critics and because we hold ourselves to such high standards, (often set deliriously high) we are genuinely taken aback and rendered speechless by a loving compliment.

When the natural curls just don't do right!

When the natural curls just don’t do right!

But there is so much power in a compliment. Accepting, internalising and believing a compliment is fuel for unshakable confidence. With this post, I’m preaching to the choir. On good days, I can accept a compliment and run with it, propelled forward by its positive vibes.

But the days when remembering how to take a compliment matters most are the bad days. The days when nothing fits; when my natural curls have a mind of their own and make me look like Loretta from Family Guy! (For the sake of this article; we’ll run with hair as the focus of our compliments.)

I’ve learned I’m learning how to take a compliment with these four tips:

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The ABCs of Loving Your Plus Size Body

Here are 26 body positive New Year’s resolutions that will help you learn to love your beautiful plus size body!
Discover 26 easy ways to love your plus size body with these body positive New Year's resolutions from Plus Size Life.co.uk

There’s no other time of year when more people are focused on bettering themselves than in the run up to New Year’s. Resolutions are always at the top of everyone’s list for self improvement, but usually we focus on things like drinking more water, going to the gym or eating better. While those can be very admirable things to aspire to do more of, I think the bedrock of any resolution worth its vow, is self acceptance and self love.

You can promise and resolve to do all manner of feel-good tasks, but unless you begin from a place of clear self-love and self-acceptance, you’ll only set yourself up for failure. That’s why in 2016, instead of the usual resolutions, I’m focusing on 26 body positive resolutions, because I know that when I feel good about myself (inside and out) everything else just fall into place.

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When Fat-Shaming Goes Mainstream: that Gabourey Sidibe Sex Scene

One plus-size girl’s response to some of the fat-shaming negativity following Gabourey Sidibe’s sex scene in Empire.

When Gabourey Sidibe perfomed a fairly typical sex scene in the sitcom Empire, the Internet exploded with fat-shaming hatred. | Plus Size Life.co.uk

(Spoiler alert: the Empire scene mentioned in this article has not aired in the UK at the time of writing)

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