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Emma Watson Embraces Kink Culture And Stands By Her 'Self-Partnered' Line

"I've also kind of become slightly fascinated by kink culture."

The last few years has seen Emma Watson become quite outspoken on a number of feminism-related topics, such as marriage, gender roles, and boyfriends and relationship labels (which gave birth to her widely-covered “self-partnered” comment).

It’s actually great to see someone like Emma Watson talk about those issues so openly, which is why her chat with author Valerie Hudson about those very topics – on top of some new ones, like her interest in kink culture – is so damn good.

Speaking of being self-partnered like Emma Watson, the GOAT team talk about how to handle being in iso RN on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

The pair had initially gotten chatting about Valerie’s book, Sex And World Peace, and soon their convo covered a fascinating plethoria of topics. While there’s simply too much to cover here (head over to Teen Vogue for the whole convo, it’s brilliant), there were two very interesting things that were brought up: the fallout over Emma Watson’s “self-partnered” comment and her new-found love of kink culture.

Talking about the infamous Vogue interview where she talked about the anxiety of getting a boyfriend, being married and having kids as she turned 30, which led to her “self-partnered” line, Emma says it came about because she “needed to create a definition for something [she] didn’t feel there was a language for.”

As for the fallout from coining the “self-partnered” term, Emma says it “really riled some people up” but stands by it as it was “less for [her] about the word but more about what it meant — just this idea that we need to reclaim language and space in order to express ourselves, because sometimes it’s really not there.”

The other interesting topic that was brought up in this Emma Watson/Valerie Hudson chat was communication and consent in relationships. Noting how the healthiest relationships she’s seen have been between same-sex couples, Emma says she’s “become slightly fascinated by kink culture” as a result.

Now this isn’t because Emma’s into bondage and gags (which is what most people incorrectly associate kink culture with) but more because she loves how the culture has some of the “best communicators ever” and people “know all about consent.”

“They [smash] that stuff because they really have to get it — but we could all use those models; they’re actually really helpful [relationship] models.”

There’s a lot more happening in this Emma Watson/Valerie Hudson chat than just marriage, boyfriends, kink culture and being self-partnered, so check out the entire thing over here.

If there was anything missing from this awesome chat between Emma Watson and Valerie Hudson, it’s the lack of focus on Little Women (which was brilliant).

I want an Emma Watson deep dive into who left their hydro flask in the background of one of Little Women‘s scenes damn it.

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Coronavirus Will More Likely Lead To Heartbreak Than A Baby Boom

Permanent absence makes the heart grow fonder.

With everyone placed into quarantine due to the coronavirus pandemic, one has to wonder what will be the by product of all this self-isolation time. We’ve joked that the coronavirus quarantine will result in a baby boom and a music boom, but it appears the reality is a bit more depressing as couples and those in relationships are more likely to break up (or divorce) than make a baby.

Speaking of coronavirus quarantine, the GOAT team talk about all the iso haircuts that are happening on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

As China is slowly emerging from its coronavirus quarantine and getting back to some semblance or normality, it seems like all that time being stuck in the same house has taken a toll on couples and those in relationships as divorce and break up rates are spiking across the country.

According to Bloomberg, the divorce rates in the Chinese cities of Xian, Dazhou, Miluo and Shanghai have risen dramatically in March as the end of the coronavirus quarantine loomed, which flies in the face of the baby boom China was hoping for.

Apparently an increasing amount of Chinese couples began experiencing relationship troubles the more time they spent together in self-isolation as all the usual annoying things (not enough “me time,” not evenly splitting responsibilities, spending too much time playing with Lego instead of looking after the kids, etc) began rapidly piling up, so much so that people couldn’t tolerate each other any more and decided to split up instead.

This whole post-coronavirus quarantine divorce/break up spike between couples shouldn’t be a surprise to no one as spending almost every minute with someone is a good way to gauge just how strong (or weak) a relationship is.

There is a silver lining in this though as the coronavirus quarantine has unfortunately resulted in a rise in domestic violence cases in China. Hopefully the spike in divorces and break-ups will act as a sort of remedy to this awful trend.

So what does this mean for us in Australia and other Western countries? Well hopefully not much but it does act as a warning that the time spent together during the coronavirus quarantine may not necessarily be all good, and we shouldn’t be surprised if break-ups and divorces spike when our own self-isolation is over.

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We Spoke To People In Wuhan About Life On The Other Side Of COVID-19

Things are looking up and we're going to get through this.

Ever since the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak first occurred in Wuhan at the end of 2019, the world has been scrambling to react as the disease spread so rapidly that it was declared a global pandemic in just a few weeks.

While Australia, Europe, America and many parts of the world are now instigating measures to get the COVID-19 pandemic under control (with varying levels of success), all that furor about Wuhan has sort of dissipated since the city went into lockdown.

With China seemingly on the up and up, I spoke to some people living in Wuhan about life during and after the worst of the coronavirus crisis.

With Wuhan is on the up, the GOAT team talk about maintaining connections during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

With Wuhan being ground zero for the COVID-19 pandemic, you’d think that life in the city would be a chaotic mess. But after talking to four young people who lived in the city through a mutual connection (all of whom requested to remain anonymous), the reality is far less dramatic than what one what might imagine. One might even call it boring.

Following the disease outbreak, the four young people told GOAT that the process was pretty simple yet effective, albeit in a brutal way: after weeks of escalating isolation measures to contain the situation, Wuhan implemented a complete lockdown from around February 11 and it wasn’t lifted until the worst period of the pandemic was some two to three weeks later depending on the community.

People were all shut in their houses and not allowed to step outside, shops were closed, and the streets were completely empty. Unlike Australia where we’re still allowed to go to the shops for supplies, Wuhan had volunteers delivering supplies to every community so there was no issue of panic buying or hoarding toilet paper.

As for how Wuhan’s citizens handled the lockdown, well based on what the four young people told GOAT, their experience sounded a lot like what we’re going through right now with our own self-isolation: extreme boredom.

While we can still go outside for exercise and supplies (but in groups no bigger than two or if you live with the people you’re with… look it’s confusing), the people in Wuhan were stuck indoors for around two months and weren’t allowed to leave for most of it. Australians are in no position to complain.

But as brutal as this total lockdown may be, it appears to have been effective as Wuhan is slowly opening up again after two months of COVID-19 isolation and a cautious sense of normality is gradually returning.

Upon reflecting their feelings regarding the initial coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, the four young people told GOAT that the boredom and cautious sense of excitement over the city opening up again came after a period of sheer terror over the uncertainty of what was going to happen.

At the beginning of the outbreak in Wuhan, people were scared. Not strictly because of the coronavirus per se, but because the lockdown meant likely waiting for death as hospitals struggled to meet patient demand, hence why people tried to flee the city prior to the lockdown and inadvertently caused the disease to spread further.

While it’s understandable to want to flee from Wuhan, the four young people told GOAT that those who stayed in Wuhan (including themselves) did so for the greater good.

Despite severe anxiety and fear for themselves and families, they knew they had each other for support and understood that staying in the city rather than fleeing will make a difference in containing COVID-19.

With reports of China’s insidious coronavirus messaging and allegedly inaccurate death toll reports from Wuhan surfacing, I asked the four young people their thoughts about the propaganda coming from the Chinese state media and the death toll reports.

Stating that while they prefer to stay politically neutral and pay no attention to the propaganda released by China, the four young people said emotions have been running high and there were other things on their minds than Wuhan’s death toll or misleading propaganda.

They pointed out how the limited medical resources available in Wuhan at the start of the COVID-19 outbreak meant that hospitals were only able to help those who contracted the disease while others were forced to wait.

Many who died during the first few weeks of the pandemic weren’t from the disease but from other illnesses (the grandpa of one of the young people told me he died at home due to a heart attack), and these deaths apparently made up a large portion of the death toll in Wuhan. They simply don’t know if the numbers are true or not as there’s no accurate way of determining who died from the disease or something else.

However, this wasn’t exactly high up on the list of things to worry about for a lot of people in the city. While the death toll numbers in Wuhan as reported by China may or may not be true, the chaos of the COVID-19 outbreak meant that people had other things to stress and worry about (like staying healthy) than the messaging put out by the Chinese state media.

At the end of our chat, there was a sense of optimism from these young people in Wuhan. It felt like they had survived the worst of it and are ready to handle what comes next. I was aware that what these people experienced may not be what everyone in Wuhan experienced, but it gave us a snapshot on what’s going on in the city that we may not have been aware of.

While it appears that the world is tripping over themselves while figuring out how to best contain the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, it’s quite reassuring to know from those at ground zero that things will eventually get better.

With all the stress and anxiety surrounding this disease, now’s the time to stick together rather than be selfish or racist. Take heart from people in Wuhan who experienced it first-hand that if they can get back to some semblance of normality, then we can as well.

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